Who likes Avocado?
I hope you all enjoyed my guest post at GNOWFGLINS. It is a story about me, and how I learned to accept myself and the GAPS diet!
Now onto another GAPS recipe! Well, i guess this really isn’t a recipe. I would consider this GAPS prep work! There is a lot of preparation on the GAPS diet, as some of you may already know. My role is to help your transition be as smooth as possible, so your whole life doesn’t revolve around food (shopping, cooking, cleaning). Yes I LOVE to cook and go to my farmers market, but sometimes I don’t want to be cooking! If i am not creating recipes I usually am soaking up the sun and swimming in my lake 🙂
So, to save time, here is an easy step to help your GAPS life. What sparked me to do this was actually the GREAT price ( $0.70 a piece I live in Minnesota, so avocados don’t get much better priced than that!) I found on these avocados at my local grocery store. No they are not organic. I don’t bother to buy organic avocado’s because they have a shell that protects them.
Now you are probably wondering..can you really freeze avocados? The answer is Yes! I use the frozen smashed avocados for guacamole, blending into smoothies, making chocolate pudding, baked goods, and spooning into soups. You can pretty much use it any way you would a fresh, smashed avocado. I don’t think it changes the consistency much, but if you are worried use it when you incorporate it into a recipe.
So here you go. Easy pictures for you to follow exactly what I did.
1 TBS lemon juice for 3 avocado’s (this keeps it from turning brown. You cannot even taste the lemon when you put it into recipes)
1. Wash your avocado’s and take off the stickers and the little knobs (stems) at the top.
2. Slice open your avocado length-wise. Cut around the pit and twist the two halts apart.
3. Carefully stab your pit with your knife…very carefully!
5. Take a big spoon and soup around the edges of the skin to release the avocado flesh. Again, this should be easy if the avocado is ripe. Otherwise you will have to really dig it out.
6. This is my shell after taking 1 big scoop of the flesh. I almost got the whole thing in 1 scoop 🙂 I love doing that!
8. See the little brown spots? That is most likely going to happen, so just scoop the little bad spots out. You don’t have to get them perfect, just do the best you can.
9. Place the scooped avocado’s in a big bowl.
10. SMOOSH! You can use a potato smasher, a fork, a Cuisinart, or your hands (That is what I did. But I cleaned them very well before).
11. Use lemon juice to keep your avocado’s from turning too brown. Discoloration is normal, but you want to reduce it as much as possible. 1 TBS for 3 avocados.
12. This is my little trick for putting things in plastic bags with NO mess. You might have your own way, but here is mine. Set up your cups and stick a plastic bag ( sandwich size) into the cup. Roll the top zippy part over the rim of the cup. (Honestly I really don’t like plastic, but I have not found a better way to freeze things yet. I break too many glass jars when I attempt to freeze things in them)
13. Spoon a few big scoops into the set up plastic bag. I don’ t like to fill them too much, because I usually want them to defrost quickly!
14. Without getting avocado mush on the edges, carefully flip the zippy part back over the cup. Take the bag out (don’t spill the avocados) and gently squeeze the air out and zip it up!
15. Repeat steps 13 and 14 until all your smashed avocado’s are in bags. I only set up 4 cups and just kept replacing the bags into them as I went along.
16. Flatten your avocado bags to make them easy to store in your freezer.
18. Now You have smashed avocado ready to use at your convenience! Frozen avocados taste really good in smoothies. The reason why we do this is because, we like to get food when it is in either in season or at a good price! Above, is my defrosted smashed avocado’s that I am using in a recipe which will share with you soon! I have a little brown coloring, but really it doesn’t matter!
~Stay Gutsy, Caroline