Guacamole is a delicious dip that’s perfect for parties and picnics. It can be made with avocados, tomatoes or even cucumbers! But how long does guacamole last in the fridge before it starts to go bad? How to store it so that it lasts longer? For that keep reading.
If left exposed to air, guacamole can go bad very fast. You really need to move quickly with this food item, it’s easy to lose its freshness. If you don’t open it, the store-bought version is really going to keep for a while, but there are other versions that last a bit longer.
The acidity of your ingredients will determine how much time they have in the refrigerator.
For example: If you add lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar into your recipe, then it’ll stay fresher for a lot longer than if you just use plain water.
What do you think about lemon juice, lime juice, and the like? The juice from a tomato will help, but not as much as a lemon.
The air exposure of any acidic juice will cause the guacamole to be stable for a longer period of time. We will get to that in a bit, but it’s still not very long.
You should always make sure that your guacamole is completely covered. Placing plastic wrap directly onto the guacamole will keep it fresh and stop oxidation.
An enzyme named polyphenol oxidase is present in avocados due to which a chemical reaction takes place within the avocado flesh that makes it brown. It’s a chemical process that is very common in fruits, but there are ways around it to slow it down.
1) Exposure to light – This happens when you leave your container out on display at room temperature.
2) Air contact – When you place an uncovered bowl of guacamole next to another one, both bowls will begin to oxidize.
3) Temperature changes – As temperatures rise and fall throughout the day, the avocado inside begins to change color and texture.
4) Time – After opening, guacamole loses moisture over time. Exposure to air causes more rapid deterioration.
Homemade guacamole has been proven to taste better than store bought ones.
There are people who add tomatoes and people who do not. Some like onions in them and some don’t. Chunks of meat, also an option. Sometimes lime or lemon isn’t used. Sometimes, there is some olive oil and sometimes garlic. Even though traditional guacamole has a specific set of ingredients, people call it every version of mashed garlic and avocado.
We’re going to take this into account when we look at the shelf life of guacamole. It’s going to be bad faster if you don’t have lemon or lime juice in your guacamole.
It doesn’t matter what kind of fruit you put in your guacamoles. At room temp, basic avocados go bad in a few hours. The room temperature is not cold and the enzymes do their job well in warm temperatures. They all tend to turn brown after a few days. This means that even if you buy organic, unripe avocados, they won’t remain green forever. When you purchase avocados, try to find ones that feel firm and heavy. Avocados ripen faster once picked off the tree.
If you refrigerate your guacamole, it can last for 24 hours depending upon how ripe the avocado was before being placed in the refrigerator.
This is because the acidity level drops significantly. In order to maintain its stability, you need to cover it with something such as a lid or plastic wrap.
When you open the door, the oxygen gets access to the food and starts the oxidation process again. So, by covering it, you prevent this from happening.
You should always look at the ‘eat by date’ and storage instructions when purchasing guacamole. It tells us to keep the guacamole in a cool, dry place.
A pantry is not good enough if it doesn’t go down to 10 C.
It’s a good idea to keep unopened store bought guacamole in the fridge for as long as possible. It’s usually a week if you’re not sure, but some brands have different ingredients.
Even if it’s a store bought item you should always keep it in the refrigerator.
You should not leave the guacamole in the pantry for more than 48 hours if you’ve stored it in the pantry. If you have a pantry, make sure it’s cold enough to keep the guacamole from turning brown.
It’s not completely gone bad, but it is starting to go bad, and brown spots are signs of that.
The availability is still a couple of hours after you open your guacamole, even if it’s store bought.
It will oxidize even though it is still exposed to air. This will speed up the process as well as being brought up to a higher temperature.
If the directions for how to store and how long it lasts are included in the package, you should carefully read them.
It’s a good idea to keep the store-bought guacamole in the fridge, when you purchase fresh Guacamole.
Wrap the container in plastic to create a barrier against air, and then close it.
It should be given instructions on how long to keep it if it’s already opened.
You can keep it for 48 to 72 hours if it doesn’t happen. There are stabilizers that allow store-bought guacamole to last longer. It’s fine if it’s kept in the fridge.
If you have a frozen guacamole, it doesn’t matter if it’s fresh or store bought. You should be able to use the kind of guacamole indefinitely if you keep it in a good container and store it in a cool place.
It is possible to use it even after a few months, because it will keep it in a stable state. You need to thaw the guacamole in the fridge. It’s important that the container you use is easy to get out of and easy to store in.
It’s a good idea to use a small mason jar or freezer safe bags with all the air taken out.
Fresh guacamole will be better than thawed one. The texture will be very squishy if you like your guac. There isn’t much of a difference if you like it smooth.
Before you freeze the guacamole, make sure to not add any of the following ingredients: jalapenos, onions, and tomatoes. When the guacamole thaws, it will release a lot of moisture and ruin the texture even more.
When serving, chop them up and serve them fresh.
Whether it’s in the fridge, freezer, or on the counter, you know how long your guacamole can be kept.
But are you still unsure about it? Let’s take a look at it, and see if there is anything you can tell me.
- It’s not a good sign if you notice any brown spots. Don’t throw away the whole thing yet.
- It means that it’s just air exposure if the browning is in the outside edges of the container or bowl. It’s time to remove that and you should be fine.
- It’s best to throw it out if it is 3 days old and has some brown in the middle.
- You will get less browning if you add lemon/lime juice and tomato and onion to your diet.
- If the texture is off, it might be a good idea to discard it. The slimy thing sticks to your finger and leaves a tendril.
- If you notice the guac is starting to separate, that’s the same thing. When it’s a few days old and the added oils start to separate from the avocados, this happens.
- The problem is that the guacamole might have already begun to go bad, so you could add a bit of lemon juice.
- Even if you add some lemon juice it might get browning but this time less.
- The signs that are valid include weird smells and moldy bits. The whole thing should be thrown out if you find anything.
Guacamole lasts forever as long as you don’t open it too often. If you want to eat it right now, you can do so without worrying about its expiration date.
However, when you’re ready to consume it, you’ll probably want to check the expiry date first.
This way, you won’t waste money buying something that goes bad before you’ve had a chance to enjoy it.