Finally! Something that actually works to keep avocados from turning brown! And it works so well, it really makes me wonder why all of these other brown prevention tips for avocados even exist! You’ve heard them all I’m sure: Lemon juice, lime juice, water, the pit, plastic wrap. I’ve always been disappointed in the results from those methods but I’ve pressed on in trying to find something that actually works. I’m the only one in my house who eats avocado, so I rarely need to use the whole thing and I hate to waste half of it because avocados are just so. darn. good!
The other day I was making my lunch and it involved an avocado. I started reading around the interwebs to see if there had been any new developments in this field. Somewhere deep in the comments section of some dark corner of the internet, I saw someone mention that putting a wedge of white onion in with a bowl of guacamole would keep it from going brown. Something about the sulfuric acid that the onion released. Well, I didn’t have any white onion but I did have some green onion, so I just sliced the white parts of those up and a bit of the green too and put them in a container.
It’s an old sour cream container for the record. The idea is that you want something airtight. I left the pit in the half of the avocado that I didn’t use just for good measure and placed it face down on top of the sliced onion so they’d have as much contact as possible.
Then I put the lid on, stuck the whole thing in the fridge, and waited until lunch time the next day. I was very hopeful since my lunch from the day before had been so delicious and I wanted to make it again!
Ta-da! It actually worked!
It’s really no more brown than it would be from being out in the open air for 5 minutes! Yesssss!
I’m so excited to be able to have half an avocado for lunch now whenever I want! It’s the little things in life, isn’t it? 🙂
So now I have one more reason to love the mighty onion! Try this one out for yourself!
Oh! And! If you end up using regular onions for your avocados, here’s my trick for cutting them without tearing up! That may come in handy!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.