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Fresh Guacamole

easy guacamole

Guacamole is on the top of my list for go-to snacks, and not only that, it’s one of my favorite foods.  I’ve been in love with avocados since the early ’80s.  My cousin from the Mid-West came down South to visit us for the summer and she had a couple of large avocados.

When I asked her what that was, she said avocado and asked would I like to try it.  I was so reluctant because it didn’t look appetizing at all.  It looked like she was eating butter.  But, being the foodie I am,  I had to try it.

Wow, it was amazing and so rich.  I immediately became a superfan of avocados for life.  She gave me a piece with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  I still remember that first bite, today.  Avocado is a superfood that actually tastes good.

Can guacamole be frozen?

Anything can be frozen including guacamole.  The question is, how will the quality of homemade guacamole be after it’s been frozen.  I personally don’t like guacamole that’s been frozen because it oxidizes so easily.  Once it thaws, it’s very watery and has a dark color that’s so unappetizing.  Guacamole should be fresh-looking with pretty colors from the fresh ingredients.

When guacamole turns brown is it still good?

Have you ever made a big batch of guacamole and put it in the fridge overnight, and the next day it’s brownish-black?  We all have and it’s okay to eat it.  You can either scrape the dark off the guacamole or stir it in and eat it.  Most guacamole will turn colors within hours after it’s made.

How to stop guacamole from turning brown

The easiest way to stop guacamole from turning brown or that ugly dark greyish color is to make sure it’s in an airtight container.  You can also stop the oxidation process of guacamole by using lemon juice.

Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon on top of the guacamole and cover with plastic wrap before putting the lid on the bowl.

I’ve done this to stop the guac from browning and I’ve been able to successfully keep homemade guacamole in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

What goes in guacamole?

Guacamole is easy to make, but there are many variations and it depends on what you like.  Of course, all guacamole has avocados.  Then there is the choice of tomatoes.  I personally don’t like tomatoes in my guacamole because it makes the guac very watery.

The salt from the guacamole will draw the water from the tomatoes and it becomes too watery.  I like my guacamole spicy so I add fresh jalapenos and habanero.  Some cooks like to add fresh cilantro to their guacamole recipe, but there are others who don’t like cilantro.  And some use lime juice, but I prefer lemon juice.  I say make it how you like to eat it.

easy guacamole

Easy Homemade Guacamole

I love putting this guacamole on avocado toast or with tortilla chips
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium size ripe avocados
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh finely minced onion
  • 1 medium size fresh jalapeno finely minced
  • 1/2 habanero finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Remove the pit from the avocado and remove the avocado fruit from the skin into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mash with a fork until desired consistency.
  • Store the guacamole in an airtight bowl in the refrigerator.

Notes

The salt and lemon juice are important ingredients in the guacamole. It helps stop the oxidation and preserve the avocados. You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice and you can substitute serrano peppers for jalapenos.
Keyword avocado, dip, easy snack ideas, Mexican food

 

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