Don’t you love all the sales we’ve been seeing on avocados lately? There’s nothing worse than a wasted avocado though, and it’s so sad when you want to save half of a cut avocado for later but find that it’s turned brown and unappetizing by the next day. So: Here’s how to save half an avocado and avoid food waste and sadness, plus a bonus quick & dirty not-Guac recipe.
How to save half an avocado
I’ve read all sorts of advice on how to save half an avocado — cover it with plastic wrap and press out all the air, add a little lemon juice on top, buy another one-use kitchen gadget avocado keeper, or what have you. But here’s the best (and easiest!) method I’ve found to keep avocados from turning brown: Store them in their own skin!
Nature has its own way of preserving the beautiful avocado insides, so here’s how to save cut avocados and prevent them from turning brown:
- Cut your avocado in half lengthwise, leaving the pit in one half.
- Use the non-pit half of your avocado in the quick not-Guac below, or in your own favorite recipe.
- Replace the empty avocado skin on top of your remaining half, making sure not to leave exposed avocado flesh at the edges.
When you open it up later, voila: Beautiful green avocado inside!
Your half an avocado will keep for at least a day in the refrigerator without browning when you wrap it in its own skin, meaning that you can save a cut avocado simply by… sticking it back together! Keep your next leftover avocado from turning brown with this quick and easy tip.
Quick not-Guac bonus recipe
While we’re talking avocados: Sometimes you just want to jazz up some tortilla chips for a snack or throw together a quick & easy sandwich spread. Here’s a quick three ingredient recipe to enjoy when you don’t want to make up a whole batch of guacamole: Mash half a ripe avocado in a bowl with a little sea salt and the juice of 1/4 of a small lime.
Yup, that’s it! Then place the two halves back together to save the other half of your avocado in its own skin — maybe for lunch tomorrow. 🙂