Nothing beats the rich and creamy taste of fresh guacamole! Let's check out how to keep guacamole fresh for longer and preserve its vibrant green color, and buttery taste by storing it correctly.
Here are some simple and fail-proof tips that will extend the life of this popular dip.
Guacamole is one of the most popular party dips and my family simply loves it. We make it weekly and rarely have leftovers. But when we do, I make sure to store it correctly, so it stays fresh till the next day.
Guacamole is primarily made from avocados and it turns an unappetizing shade of brown when exposed to air. An enzyme present in avocado reacts with the oxygen in the air and changes its color from green to brown.
While it is still ok to eat, who wants to have brown guacamole- right!
So here are two great tips that keep fresh guacamole from turning brown for up to two days. These tips come in very handy when I want to prepare it ahead of time for a party.
Serving Tip: Keep your guacamole in the fridge until your guests arrive. Serve it in a small bowl, cover the rest with plastic wrap and refrigerate immediately. Keep refilling the bowl as needed. This keeps the guac fresh for longer.
How to Keep your Guacamole Fresh
Learn the right ways to store homemade or store-bought guac:
1. Compact the Guacamole
Transfer Guacamole to an airtight bowl leaving about half-inch space from the top. Pack it down well using the back of a spoon to remove any air bubbles.
Storage Method 1: Cover with Plastic Wrap
Press down the plastic wrap to cover the entire surface of the guacamole. Go around with your fingers pressing on the sides to remove any air pockets. Cover with an airtight lid and refrigerate.
Storage Method 2: Cover with Water
Gently pour water over the guacamole till it covers the entire surface. Cover with an airtight lid and refrigerate. You can even use fresh lime juice instead of water.
And don't worry, the high-fat content in avocado prevents the water from getting absorbed in the guacamole. Water forms an air-proof layer on the Guac, which keeps it green and fresh. I have to thank The Kitchn for this genius tip!
When you're ready to eat, gently tilt the bowl and discard the water. Give the guacamole a stir and you're good to go!
Tips to Keep Your Guacamole Green
- Keep refrigerated: Keep the guacamole refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Serve a small quantity: Serve guac in a small bowl. Cover the rest with plastic wrap and refrigerate immediately. Keep refilling the bowl as needed. This keeps the guac fresh for longer.
- Pack it down: Make sure to press down the guacamole into the bowl to eliminate any air bubbles.
- Plastic wrap: Using your fingers, go around the edges of the bowl, pressing down the wrap to form an air-proof seal.
- Water or Lime juice: You can use either water or fresh lime juice, but since the results are the same, I prefer using water.
Frequently Asked Questions
Guacamole is primarily made with avocados. The avocado flesh contains an enzyme that reacts with the oxygen in the air, turning it brown. This process is called oxidation.
Yes, it is safe to eat guacamole that has turned slightly brown, provided it is not more than 3 days old and was stored in the refrigerator.
Cover with plastic wrap, or a layer of water, then refrigerate to keep guacamole from turning brown.
Yes, when covered with a layer of lemon juice, it forms an air-proof layer over the guacamole, preventing the oxidation process.
Transfer guacamole to an airtight container. Compact it, then top with water or lime juice. Alternatively, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Freshly made guacamole stays green for 4-5 hours when placed in a cool, shady place. When stored correctly in the refrigerator, it can stay green for up to 2 days.
After opening store-bought guacamole, transfer the quantity you want to serve in a small bowl. Tight wrap and refrigerate the rest. If storing for more than 2-3 hours, follow the storage tips mentioned in this post.
Avocado pits prevent the guacamole from turning brown, but only on the surface that touches the pit.
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