Kitchen Hacks – Keep That Guacamole Green!

Guacamole is delicious!  I don’t eat it as much as I used to since changing up my food plan but when I DO make it, there are almost certainly leftovers because my portion size is limited.  That poses a particular challenge: how do I keep it from turning brown?

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So Many Approaches

I’ve heard at least a few different ways to keep guacamole from turning brown.  The two that I’ve heard most often are adding lemon juice and keeping the pit in the guac during serving and subsequent storage.  I’ve tried them both in the past but not with too much diligence because at the end of the day, I didn’t care much if my guac was brown.  Or at the very least, when those methods didn’t produce overwhelming success I wasn’t overly upset about it.

The Accidental Solution

I don’t recall how or why I came across the idea I’m going to talk about here.  I don’t recall my original source.  All I know is that 5ish years ago, I came across a method that actually works consistently and which I’ve been able to apply in a few different ways.  The answer – add a layer of something on top of the guacamole to keep the air away. In fact, this trick can work with avocado in a pre-guac state as well.

Three Different Applications

Half an Avocado

  1. Place the avocado half upside down in a container that fits the avocado without too much extra space.  The idea is that you don’t want the avocado to be able to move around much.
  2. Add a thin layer of water to the bottom of the container so that the exposed avocado tastiness is covered completely.
  3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use or transport.
  4. If transporting, minimize jostling as much as possible.  This is where having a snug fitting container will come in handy.
  5. Prior to enjoying the avocado, pour off the water from the container.
  6. Scoop out the avocado and enjoy!

Leftover Guacamole

  1. Put the leftover guacamole in a container.  Choose the container to minimize the exposed surface area of guacamole while ensuring that a spoon or small spatula can reach the whole surface..  Stated another way, choose a tall and narrow container rather than a short and ide container and choose one that with rounded corners rather than abrupt corners.
  2. Smooth out the guacamole as much as you can.  Imagine you are trying to create the smoothest ice skating rink ever for invisible fairies that only like to skate on leftover guac.
  3. CAREFULLY add a thin layer of water into the container.  The goal is to cover the surface without disrupting the ice skating fairies.  (I’ll apologize here for the skating fairy visual.  Sometimes you just have to work with the first thing that comes to your mind!)
  4. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use or transport.
  5. If transporting, minimize jostling as much as possible.
  6. When ready to enjoy carefully pour off the water. There likely will be some gloating guacamole particles but make peace with that as best as you can and bid them farewell.
  7. Stir the guacamole and enjoy!

I feel like I need to note here that someone I know tried the guacamole method and had it fail miserably.  I have no idea how or why it didn’t work for her but I have successfully and repeatedly used the methods I outlined above.

A New Approach

As part of our eating plan, we occasionally have a taco-like meal.  For our fat portion we will do some combination of avocado, sour cream, and cheese.

My wife had a brilliant idea to replace the water layer talked about above with layers of sour cream and cheese.  This is much easier to transport and less messy.

Here are before and after pictures to show show how we layered our guac for storage and how the guac looked after I exposed its surface. If you haven’t previously read my take on pictures of food, please consider reading it by clicking here before or after finishing this post.

After lunch bag transport

The green layer exposed!

If you are looking for a way to keep your avocado or guacamole green, I would love for you to try my suggestions and share your feedback in the comments.  What methods of guacamole preservation have you tried?  Have they been successful or unsuccessful for you?  Let’s start a conversation and get the truth out there of what methods actually work!

If you are like me and love the taste of guacamole but not all the other prep or seasoning that is involved, you may enjoy the convenience of Wildtree Guacamole Seasoning.  Add a bit to a portion or two of avocado along with salt to taste and you are good to go.  My brother-in-law LOVES the guacamole seasoning and I consider him to have a sophisticated palette. He travels all over the world and lives in Brooklyn, NY!