How to Thaw Frozen Avocados

By Rochelle Connery

Though technically a summer season fruit, fresh avocados make an appearance in grocery store produce sections all year long. The cost in winter, however, reflects the unseasonable crop. Freezing preserves the creamy meat for about five months, so you can stock up at summer prices and eat your avocado in January too. Keep the avocado tightly covered as it thaws to prevent the discoloration that happens when it oxidizes.

Green Homemade Guacamole with Tortilla Chips
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Thawed avocado works best in guacamole, smoothies and salad dressings.

Thawing Avocado in the Refrigerator

Step 1

Transfer the avocado from the freezer to the refrigerator, leaving it in the same container.

Step 2

Allow the avocado to thaw for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 3

Use the avocado within two days and keep it covered in the refrigerator at all times.

Thawing Avocado in Water

Step 4

Fill a bowl with cold water.

Step 5

Put the avocado in a resealable plastic food bag.

Step 6

Flip the bag over every 15 minutes and change the water every 30 minutes until the avocado thaws completely.

Step 7

Use the avocado the same day.