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Storage tips: Store avocados in the refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator and set out on the counter to finish the ripening process. Place in a paper bag, with the top closed for faster ripening. Left with a half of an avocado? Leave the skin on and pit in the half to be saved. The pit helps keep it fresh. Wrap it tightly in foil and refrigerate.
Freezing tips: here are two ways you can do it, either halved or pureed. Here’s how it’s done: Wash the avocado, skin still on. Cut the fruit in half, and peel. If you are opting to keep them as halves, put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. If you’re pureeing, either mash the avocados with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lime or lemon. Store in a resealable bag and freeze. It’s a good idea to put indentations in the bag to make for easy portion sizes later.
Now there’s a catch — isn’t there always? Something happens to avocado when you freeze it. The texture is just not the same once it thaws. So while you won’t want to be eating slices of these once-frozen fruit, they work great for making guacamole, dressings and spreads.
Nutrition Information: Avocados are a great source of Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E. There are also small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).With only 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this is a low-fat friendly plant food. Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat.
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This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.