Life hack: How to stop avocados from browning 46



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Avocados are one of the most popular fruits but it can be so frustrating when the surface quickly turns brown.

You’ve probably heard these popular solutions to the problem: leave the pit in, cover with lemon juice, place skinless avo in water or in an airtight container with a cut onion. Indeed these do slow the browning but many actually affect the taste so we’ve found another solution.

This method will stop your avocado from going brown so it is ready to use or keep!


You’ll need:

  • Pot boiling water
  • Timer
  • Slotted spoon
  • Bowl of cold water filled with ice cubes
  • Ripe avocados as needed


  1. Drop a ripe avocado into a pan of rapidly boiling water
  2. Leave avocado in water for 10 seconds, no more or the avocado will start to cook and no less because the enzyme is not destroyed.
  3. Immediately drop into iced water. This will stop the avocado from continuing to cook. Leave to cool completely then remove from water and dry. Do one avocado at a time and repeat.
  4. Your avocados are ready to be peeled and used in your favourite recipes. It will be several hours before the avocado starts to turn brown. Plus if you’re making guacamole, the addition of lime juice will make it last even longer.


Tell us, have you ever tried this? Will you give this trick a go?

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  1. I eat the half with out the ‘pip’ and wrap wet a paper towel over tightly it and put in the fridge. Last up to 2 days. It are avocado savers in the top 4square which are okay for a few days in the fridge.

  2. You can always slice the advocado and put in extra virgin olive oil for a couple of days. The oil will also stop it from oxidising (turning brown) to quickly. I generally buy mine when they are very firm and still alittle green on the outside and will let ripen ore at home. A very soft advocado is a sign that it has started to oxidise on the inside.

  3. I just run the left over half under the cold water tap and keep it in the refrigerator. Works every time and is easy.

  4. If you give the cut surface a light spray with cooking oil it stops the avo going brown.

  5. I have start cutting a little off the top and scooping it out as needed. By leaving
    the pip in seems to last longer. I then wrap it in foil and put in fridge.

  6. I cut the avocado in half and leave the stone in the half to store, get a freezer bag put the half in and try to squeeze as much air out as u can sealing the bag around the flesh, keeps in the fridge for the next day.

  7. Buy Sheppard avocados when available. Are much creamier and last for ages when cut and wrapped in alfoil AND don’t go brown.

    1 REPLY
    • Thanks for the tip Carole Lawson. I do save it sometimes but each time I open the fridge I look at it. And finally can take it any more I take it out and eat it. Just Love Avocado’s.

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