Guacamole is considered a delicacy in our house. Elbows are thrown and arguments break out about sharing and hogging — creating such sweet family moments. So it probably goes without saying that rarely, if ever, does our family have a drop of guacamole left to save. But on those rare occasions when we have an ounce to save, it's always a bummer knowing the leftovers will be brown and unappealing the next day.
I've tried tons of tricks to preserve the "fresh" look in leftover guac. Everything from pressing all the air away with plastic wrap or adding more lime juice to leaving the pit in the dip. Really nothing has ever worked that and there is always a fair amount of 'brown' to scoop away.
That is until I recently ran across a great idea and decided to give it a try. Success! And it's a simple theory really — air reacts with an enzyme in avocados called polyphenole. So, the goal is to keep the air out.
This is what you do. Take the back of your spoon and level the top of the guacamole. Pour a small amount of water — yes, water — in the top of the container, put a lid on the container, and refrigerate. Sounds crazy, I know. You're thinking, "I'm not going to ruin my good guac with water!" But don't worry. The cool thing is guacamole is really dense and the water just sits on top and protects it from the air until you're ready to enjoy it again. Just pour off the water and give it a stir. Most, if not all the water, pours away and you're left with perfectly green guacamole! Yay!
And here's a great recipe to test out. Should you have any leftovers, you'll know exactly what to do! Enjoy!
- ½ cup crushed pineapple
- 2 plum tomatoes, diced
- 2 avocados, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
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- Combine all and serve.