Avocado does go bad like every other fruit, but it is a little complicated matter to deal with. They do not belong to the group of fruits that last long. Also, it’s not clear if the fruit is ripe or not every so often.
When it comes to ripeness, no less than a few Avocado’s cultivars are available on the marketplace, with slightly different appearances. Avocado’s ripping process does not start until it is picked from its tree, but once it’s picked ripping process starts pretty quickly after that.
Usually, brown spots appear when we cut an avocado. It is because the Avocado would have been exposed to cold temperature for a long time before it was ripped, or it might have occurred by bad handling. If you don’t put it in the airtight jar, the amount of air that oxidizes it would be much larger and get bad quickly.
How to Store Avocado?
If the Avocado is firm but not ripe, you can safely store it in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. It is because it depends on the fruit’s ripeness level. If they are almost ripped, they will rip sooner.
However, the fruit will continue its ripping process but at a slower speed. And when you want to eat it, you should take it out of the refrigerator 24-48 hrs in advance so that it could be left at room temperature to ripen.
When the Avocado is ripped and uncut, it can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Keeping them in the refrigerator would reduce the speed of their ripping process.
However, if you have cut avocados, you can store them in the refrigerator like apples and other fruits. In this case, the avocados would oxidize swiftly and go brown but would not be inedible.
Preserve with Lemon Juice
If you want to save a cut avocado, cover the fruit’s cut side with lime juice or lemon juice. The acid from the juice would help to stop the fruit from oxidizing. Irrespectively it would be best if you use them avocados as soon as possible.
If you want to store Avocado for a longer time, you can turn avocados into pickles. For doing this, you need to follow some necessary steps that will turn Avocado into pickles.
Make a mixture of water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices like coriander to make it happen. Heat it until it boils. On cooling, cut the ripped avocados into halves and then remove the peels and pit. Transfer them into a jar and then add a layer of the vinegar mixture.
Refrigerate it at least for some hours, but 1 or 2 days are better. Its color will die away with time. Then, the avocados should be immersed in the vinegar mixture. Hot water and pressurized canning should not be used for avocado pickles.
Can you freeze Avocado?
Although you can freeze Avocado, they do not remain in the perfect shape and color on freezing. We can freeze, mash, and pureed ripe avocados. We can keep it for up to 6 months long.
When avocados are whole, they could get brown and very syrupy. Freezing is one way to preserve avocados, but before freezing them, there are some things you need to do.
Cut the avocados into halves, or you can also cut smaller pieces if you want. Cover the cut pieces or chunks with lemon or lime juice, which would stop them from getting brown. Then wrap them with a plastic wrap sheet or you can also use a plastic seal bag and seal it with a vacuum sealer labeled with dates to measure the time duration.
How long does Avocado last?
A firm, green Avocado will rip in at most 4 to 5 days by just putting it in at room temperature. When Avocado is ripped, it would only be edible for the next two days, whether you eat it or you can store it in the refrigerator as a whole. It would be safe in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 days.
If you have cut an avocado and want to store it, you should not expose it to air, or otherwise, it would be oxidized and go brown. To slow the browning, you shouldn’t remove its pit, sprinkle some lemon juice on it, and then wrap it with plastic wrap.
How to Tell If Avocado Is Bad
- By looking at the outer skin, if there is a visible mold or it has a rotten smell, then the Avocado is bad and is not edible.
- Different ranges of avocados have different skin colors. Like Hass, the most common variety of avocados, when ripped, changes its color to dark green or purple. If it has change into black color, then it may have over ripped and isn’t edible.
- The quickest way to find out if the Avocado is gone bad is to cut it open and determine its flesh color. If it is black or brown, then the Avocado is gone bad and should be discarded.