How to store avocados perfectly and what not to do

Everyone loves good cooking tips. But avocados that stay fresh for a month, is that possible? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In fact, a viral trend on TikTok and Facebook shows users storing whole or sliced ​​avocados in water to keep them fresher longer.

In one video, a TikTok user stores half an avocado in a container filled with water overnight and takes it out the next day to find it’s still ripe and green. Another user stored an uncut avocado in a jar of water in the fridge and after two weeks of soaking, revealed perfectly smooth green fruit inside. Her video quickly went viral, amassing over six million views before she took it down.

At first glance, the idea seems plausible. Avocados begin to brown when exposed to oxygen, in a process called oxidation. The same happens with apples and potatoes. There’s nothing wrong with tanning, it just doesn’t look good. By storing avocados in water, users recommend slowing down the oxidation process and keeping the fruit ripe and green longer. But in reality, this practice does not hold water. It could have serious health effects.

What are the health risks of storing sliced ​​avocados in water?

While water can help preserve an avocado’s freshness and flavor, it can also put you at risk for foodborne illnesses. The main concern is the possibility that any human pathogens (such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella) that may be present on the avocado’s surface could multiply during storage if submerged in water.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause fever, muscle pain, nausea and diarrhea. Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Both can cause serious illness and death in people with compromised immune systems, while Listeria monocytogenes can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, newborns and the elderly. Bacteria like Listeria and Salmonella are living things. They need the right temperature, food, and most importantly, water to thrive. If you slice an avocado, cut it in half, and then plunge it in water, you create the perfect environment to create a pathogenic soup.

Even if you decide not to cut your avocados before you dip them, you can still be at risk. Whole, washed avocados can still contain traces of bacteria, which over time invade the edible part of the fruit.

How do you safely store fresh avocados?

First, rinse the avocados under the tap and scrub them with a stiff brush to remove any dirt or bacteria. Pat them dry with a clean towel and let them air dry. Then store them at room temperature until ripe.

Once you’ve opened your avocado, squeeze a squeeze of lemon or lime juice on the exposed surface if you don’t plan on using the whole fruit right away. This keeps them fresher for longer as the citric acid in these fruits can slow down the oxidation process. Then wrap the fruit in plastic wrap until done.

Storing avocado slices in the freezer is another handy way to prevent bacterial growth. Freezing food deactivates any bacteria present in the food. However, remember that these bacteria can continue to multiply as usual after the food has been thawed.

Quarter the avocados, remove the skin and place in a bag. Add some lemon juice and put it in the freezer. Keep in mind that ice crystals can slightly change the texture of your avocados, so this tip is best for avocados you plan to use in smoothies, mousses, or other blender recipes.

And if you want your guacamole to stay fresh, don’t skimp on the citrus juice. When you’re ready to store it, drizzle with lemon juice, then place plastic wrap directly over the guacamole instead of pulling it over the top of the bowl.

in summary

The lawyers’ problem is real. They’re not exactly cheap, and if you wait too long before using them, they might already be brown and soft by the time you’re ready to feast on avocado toast. However, resist the temptation to keep them in water to avoid foodborne pathogens like listeria and salmonella. Instead, store whole avocados on the counter or in the fridge. If you’re not using all the fruit at once, add some lemon or lime juice. That touch of spiciness is not only delicious, but also helps keep the fruit fresh until morning.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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