How to know if guacamole is spoiled? (5 easy ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to know if guacamole is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying the spoiled guacamole, and the potential side effects of eating spoiled guacamole.

How to know if guacamole is spoiled?

We can determine a spoiled guacamole by checking its expiry date. If you feel that the guacamole has gone watery or it is growing some kind of mold then it gives you a strong sign that the guacamole has been spoiled. If you observe some grey coating over the guacamole or you are experiencing some foul smell or unpleasant taste, these all are strong signs which tell you that the guacamole is spoiled.

Guacamole is a dip, sauce, or salad made from avocado that originated in Mexico. It is now used as a dip, garnish, and salad component in foreign and American cuisines, adding to those used in present Mexican food. 

Conventional guacamole is created by mashing scraped, fresh avocados with sea salt. Citrus liquid, coriander, onions, and jalapenos are frequently used in recipes. Sour yogurt, tomatoes, herbs, or beans may be used in several non-traditional dishes.

There are a few ways to tell whether the guacamole is spoiled or not. Few methods are discussed below:

Expiry date:

Checking the expiry date mostly on the package of guacamole. It is the quickest method to see if it’s still okay. For maximum quality, most experts advise using these dips between 3-7 days.

Assuming if you keep the guacamole in the fridge sealed, guacamole should last for another 3-5 days beyond the expiration date. Once you unpack it, however, these numbers drop by 2-3 days if kept in the fridge.

So, even though the dip hasn’t been unsealed, if it’s been in the fridge for more than 2 weeks, there is still a high possibility it’s no more as good, but you really should still search for obvious indications of rotting.

Mold:

An excellent guacamole dip should include a lot of chunks. If you keep this out in the air or perhaps in the refrigerator after the stated expiration date has passed, it will get sloppy and mold will grow upon its surface.

Color:

Whenever guacamole becomes exposed to the atmosphere even for only a few hours, it will become brownish. Simply combine the dip ingredients or spoon out all the brownish area, and you’re ready to go. If you detect a grey coating, it signifies mold is starting to grow and the guacamole is just no longer safe to eat.

Smell:

You can generally tell whether guacamole has gone bad just by taking a look at it. However, the fragrance might also reveal the truth. The scent of a ripe avocado is mildly nutty and pleasant. Any odd odor indicates that its dip has deteriorated its quality and therefore should be thrown away.

If there’s mold on the food, don’t smell it. The spores might cause an allergic response or exacerbate any existing respiratory issues.

Taste:

Unless you believe your guacamole dish isn’t as good as it should be, spoon a little piece then taste it. Guacamole that has become rotten has a bitter or putrid flavor. Even though the guacamole appears green, do not eat it if this has gone sloppy; this is just an early indicator of deterioration.

Shelf life:

If you refrigerate a sealed packaged guacamole and refrigerate it, then it usually lasts for about a week or 10 days. If you store the packaged guacamole in your freezer then it will remain good for about 5-7 months. If your guacamole is not packaged and you store it in your refrigerator, then it will be good for about 2-4 days.

If you have cooked guacamole and want to store it in your refrigerator because you want to enjoy it later, then it will remain good in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. If the cooked guacamole is frozen then it will remain good for about 2-3 months.

Health effects:

Guacamole that is commercially made and packaged does have an expiration date. This is not the same as an expiration date. You may safely eat the guacamole a couple of days over the expiration date so that it shows no symptoms of deterioration.

However, handmade or unsealed store-bought guacamole may become bad, but we’ve already covered how to determine if your dip is rotten. Consuming expired guacamole might cause food sickness.

Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Bacteroides are all bacteria that can be found in spoiled guacamole. Diarrhea, stomach discomfort, vomiting, or even fever are all possible side effects.

Conclusion:

So in this blog, we discussed the 5 easy ways through which we can determine whether the guacamole has gone bad or not. We discussed that if the guacamole is looking watery or if there is some kind of grey coating over it then it seems that the guacamole is spoiled. Always check the expiry date before consumption. See whether the guacamole is giving off a foul smell or bad taste or not.

Moreover, we discussed the shelf life and the potential health effects which might be after eating spoiled guacamole.

I hope you have found this article helpful. If you have any questions or queries, then feel free to comment below. Thank you!

References:

https://www.luckybelly.com/does-guacamole-go-bad/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.