Can you eat refrigerated avocado?

In this brief we will answer the query, “Can you eat refrigerated avocado?” We will also discuss different ways of storing avocados be they ripe or unripe and tips on refrigerating them whole or cut for longer shelf life.

Can you eat refrigerated avocado?

It might sound a bit crazy to many of you, but yes, you can eat refrigerated avocado. The mind-boggling question that comes to everyone when it comes to eating refrigerated avocados is if it’s ok to eat or not. It is 100% safe and hygienic to eat refrigerated avocado.

Who doesn’t love avocado on a toast, that light green buttery, creamy goodness but the only issue is to keep the avocado in its prime for longer. 

Storing ripe avocados or the unripe ones in the refrigerator is the answer to the longevity of the freshness of the avocados.

When you are out grocery shopping and see these green avocados in the fruit section and are tempted to buy loads of them but are always worried about them going brown and getting wasted. 

We are going to discuss different ways of storing and preserving avocados be it at room temperature, fridge, or in the freezer.

With all the tips on storing avocados in the refrigerator, one should understand the fact that storing avocados in the refrigerator helps in slowing the ripening process and does not stop them from ripening or keep the ripe ones fresh for a few more days.

Can you eat avocados that have gone brown?

Avocados that have gone brown can be consumed with no health risk since it is because of oxidation. 

Cut avocados if gone brown doesn’t mean that it has gone bad. Though it doesn’t look pleasant, simply scraping the top part will do the trick. 

How to refrigerate avocados after cutting them in half?

The flesh of avocado when exposed to air starts a chemical reaction which is called oxidation which is the reason for them to get brown when cut open. It is no secret that avocados are delicate and they can quickly change colour after it’s been cut from a beautiful green to an unpleasant brown.

Few ideas to avoid avocado to brown after being cut or mashed are discussed here.

Lemon or lime juice

Using lemon or lime juice helps the browning process to slow because the acidity of the citrus stops the enzymes that help avocados to brown. It is the best way of keeping the guacamole or mashed avocado to its original form.  

Wrapping it up

The idea is to stop the oxygen from coming in contact with the exposed flesh of the avocados. The cut avocados need to be tightly wrapped with cling wraps or aluminium foil can also be used.

How long do avocados last in the refrigerator?

Storing avocados in the refrigerator helps in the slowing of the ripening process of the fruit. The shelf life of the avocados in the refrigerator if they are ripe and the whole is about 3-4 days but if you have cut them in half or mashed them up then they would start to go brown in 1-2 days. 

Using brown paper bags to store whole avocados in the refrigerator will help extend the shelf life for a few more days. 

Cut or sliced avocados’ freshness can also be extended by storing them in airtight containers or wrapping them with cling wrap to avoid oxidation which makes the avocado go brown.

Can you freeze avocados?

Freezing avocados is probably the best way to store them for long term consumption. Avocados in the freezer can be stored for about 5-6 months. 

After that, they will lose their integrity and won’t taste or look the same. Avocados can be frozen depending on what you want to do with them later.

If you are going to use it as a spread or for a smoothie then mashing or pureeing and freezing with a bit of lemon or lime juice mixed together will conserve its colour and texture for later use. 

Whole ripe avocados can also be frozen and can be thawed when needed. But one should keep in mind that, when freezing fruit or vegetables, the process draws a lot of water content.

As a result, the thawed fruit will feel more watery or mushy than the naturally ripened fruit. The same applies to the frozen whole avocado, so if you are after a good slice of avocado then freezing whole would not be an option.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have answered the query, “can you eat refrigerated avocado?”. We also discussed different ways of storing avocados be they ripe or unripe and tips on refrigerating them whole or cut for longer shelf life.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References