If this is your first time freezing or it has been awhile, it is recommended that you read General Freezing Information before beginning.  

1. Selection & Ingredients

  • Select fresh, mature, soft avocados. Do not use fruit that show signs of decay or mold.
  • Anti-darkening treatment:  
    • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), lemon juice –or-
    • Commercial ascorbic acid mixture (follow manufacturer’s directions for treating fruit) 

2. Equipment

  • Colander
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Ruler/headspace tool
  • Use clean packing containers and materials that are moisture and vapor-proof/resistant:
  • Rigid containers (glass jars and hard plastic containers) are especially good for freezing foods with liquid. Covers for rigid containers should fit tightly.
    • Square or rectangular, straight-sided rigid plastic containers make the best use of freezer space.
    • Wide-mouth, dual-purpose glass jars made for canning and freezing are tempered to withstand extremes in temperature and allow for easier removal of partially-thawed foods.
  • Flexible bags or wrappings (plastic freezer bags, freezer paper or wrap) are best for freezing food products with little or no liquid.
    • Vacuum packaging removes more oxygen than other freezing methods (Refer to manufacturer's instructions.)

3. Prepare Equipment 

  • Before use, wash containers in hot soapy water and rinse well. Dry.

4. Prepare Fruit 

  • Wash avocado, skin still on.
  • Peel soft, ripe avocados.
  • Cut in half, remove put, mash pulp.

5. Pack

Unsweetened (Liquid) Pack-

  • Add 1/8 teaspoon ascorbic acid to each quart of puree.
    • Can also add 1 tablespoon lemon juice for each 2 avocados.
    • If using commercial anti-darkening product, follow manufacturer's directions.
  • Pack tightly into containers, leaving proper headspace for the container type (see Headspace table below).
  • Before sealing, make sure sealing edges are free of moisture or food.
  • If using flexible bags or wrap, remove as much air as possible.
  • Seal.
Headspace for Freezing Fruits
Pack Type

Container with wide top opening

Container with narrow top opening

Flexible bags and wraps

  Pint Quart Pint Quart Any Size
Liquid Pack ½ inch 1 inch ¾ inch 1 ½ inches Remove as much air as possible
Dry Pack ½ inch ½ inch ½ inch ½ inch Remove as much air as possible

 

6. Store

  • Freeze packaged avocado as quickly as possible to 0°F or below.
    • For quickest freezing, place containers in single layer in freezer.
  • Label with the name of food, date, and type of pack.
  • Most fruits will maintain high quality for 8-12 months at 0°F or below.