Skip to Content

How to Keep Avocado from Turning Brown

Want to know how to keep avocado from turning brown? I’ve tried every method imaginable and this one actually works!

How to keep avocado from turning brown? A side-by-side comparison. Avocados after 4 days in the refrigerator: one saved via FoodSaver and the other in a plastic ziptop bag with as much air squeezed out as possible.

There’s nothing worse than pulling half an avocado from the fridge and finding it’s turned brown. While it’s safe to eat and the taste is fine, you lose part of it by having to slice off the brown parts. So today I’m going to share the best way I’ve found for how to keep avocados from turning brown!

I’ve tried every method possible: a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, don’t remove the pit, get as much air out of the bag it’s stored in, cover tightly with saran wrap (both in and out of a bag)…you name it, I’ve tried it. But they always turn brown within a day.

First, let me say that we eat a lot of avocados in this house. We always have, but three weeks ago Rob and I went keto (and we’re loving the lifestyle, but more on that in an upcoming post). If you’re at all familiar with keto, you may know that avocado is a great way to get your healthy fats in. Which means we’re eating an avocado every single day.

That’s a lot of avocados.

However, I don’t like to have more than half of one each day. For one, they’re a pricey addition to a daily menu and each person in my family eats it at least a few times a week. And as much as I love having the healthy fats in my diet, I still like to keep the fat from one meal in check.

How to keep avocado from turning brown? A side-by-side comparison. Avocados after 4 days in the refrigerator: one saved via FoodSaver and the other in a plastic ziptop bag with as much air squeezed out as possible.

So what happens when a couple of days go by and we’re now stuck with a brown avocado? With my girl’s crazy schedules, Rob working long days and me on a recipe/posting schedule that doesn’t always utilize the mighty avocado, keeping them fresh is important. Both for food loss prevention and not wasting my hard-earned cash.

The secret is to vacuum seal them after they’ve been cut.

I’ve been talking about my FoodSaver for a long time, so if you’re a regular blog reader, this post won’t be a surprise to you. But even I had no idea how well it works for keeping avocados from turning brown! It never even occurred to me to use it for this.

I had to do a comparison and I was blown away by how amazing the FoodSaver works for this. The photo below shows two cut avocados, half with the pit and half without.

The top one was preserved in my FoodSaver and the other with my old method, which is squeezing as much air out of a bag as possible and storing it cut-side down. Both were cut at the same time, put in the same part of the fridge at the same time and stayed there for four full days.

How to keep avocado from turning brown? A side-by-side comparison. Avocados after 4 days in the refrigerator: one saved via FoodSaver and the other in a plastic ziptop bag with as much air squeezed out as possible.

Isn’t that amazing?? The bottom avocado is still edible, but I’d have to cut a fair amount off to get rid of the brown parts, which is so wasteful. The one I stored using my FoodSaver bag can be popped out of the bag and eaten as-is. Winning!

Just think…no more wasted avocados. I hope this tip helps you keep your avocados from turning brown, too!

How to keep avocado from turning brown? A side-by-side comparison. Avocados after 4 days in the refrigerator: one saved via FoodSaver and the other in a plastic ziptop bag with as much air squeezed out as possible.

Delicious recipes using avocado:

Kristy Bernardo
Latest posts by Kristy Bernardo (see all)

Johnsonville Brat Boats
Johnsonville Brat Boats
← Read Last Post
2-Ingredient Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries
2-Ingredient Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries
Read Next Post →