how to keep an avocado from browning

Slice it over a salad, blend it into a smoothie, or slather it on toast. However you have it, the avocado is a healthy and tasty addition to any meal. As good as avocado is though, sometimes you’re only able to eat half of the filling superfood, which leaves the rest of the fruit at risk to rot. But don’t worry, the avocado experts at Stonehill Produce have got your back: Keep reading to learn 3 common kitchen ingredients that will stop an avocado from browning.

Red Onion

Storing an avocado with a red onion can help keep your avocado nice and green for a couple more days. Just place the avocado in an airtight container with some freshly chopped red onion. You’ll need about a quarter cup of the onion to allow the sulfur compounds to work their magic. These sulfur compounds are what make you cry when you cut into an onion, but they’re also capable of oxidizing the green surface of avocado and preventing it from browning.

Olive Oil

Here’s a neat trick you’ll want to brush up on! Brushing a cut avocado with olive oil will help its green color last longer. Use a pastry brush or paper towel to slather the green surface with a thick coating of olive oil. Then seal the un-eaten avocado half in an airtight container before popping it in the fridge.

Lemon Juice

When life hands you lemons, preserve that avocado! Brush lemon juice onto the exposed green part of the cut avocado and then wrap the avocado half in Saran wrap. It’s as simple as that! Make sure that when you wrap the avocado, you’re pressing the plastic against its surface. This will help seal in the lemon juice to ensure that avocado stays green.

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