Kitchen Basics 101: How To Keep Your Avocado From Turning Brown

Kitchen Basics 101: How To Keep Your Avocado From Turning Brown
 
Kitchen Basics 101
 
Sometimes a recipe calls for you to use just half an avocado. Sometimes all you want to eat is half an avocado for breakfast or lunch. And sometimes you want to keep the guacamole you just prepared fresh and from turning brown.  
 
How do you keep an avocado from turning brown after you’ve cut into it?  And why do avocados turn brown in the first place?  
 
Avocados contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase,when it comes into contact with the oxygen in the air it causes avocados to turn brown. So the best way to keep an avocado from turning brown is to reduce its contact with air as much as possible.  
 
There are a few ways, but one way that really works is by keeping the pit in the avocado. If you keep the pit in the avocado, the flesh that stays in contact with the pit should not turn brown; as long as you also cover the avocado with plastic wrap. Some people like to spread a thin layer of olive oil on the avocado, keep the pit in it and then wrap in plastic wrap.   Your avocado should be fine for up to two days, however, you may need to scrape off some discoloration.  
 
Want to keep your guacamole from turning brown? Just place the pit in the bowl and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the guacamole. You can also toss a little lemon juice in with the guacamole and then cover with the plastic wrap.
 
Whichever method you prefer, the most important thing to do is to cover the unused portion of avocado or the bowl of guacamole with plastic wrap. It really will help to keep the oxygen away from the flesh of the avocado and keep it from turning brown.
 
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Comments

  1. says

    This is a great tip and really does work like a charm! I usually never think to leave the pit in – gotta start doing that now! I love your explanation about (scientifically) exactly what causes the brown color. Thanks so much! What a fun blog! :D

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