Pintesting Saving Leftover Guacamole

How to Keep Leftover Guacamole Green

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I was never a fan of guacamole until I met my husband. He makes the BEST guac (as we usually call it in our house). Even people who don’t like guacamole like my handsome hubby’s guac. His recipe is simple. It’s made with simple real ingredients. (I asked if he would let me share his recipe – maybe someday.) And it’s the very rare occasion when we have leftovers. That’s kind of like leftover wine or chocolate. Yes, you understand.

The thing about leftover guacamole is that it turns a really gross color brown and looks like something your dog might have hacked up on a really really bad day. Would you like some leftover guacamole? Oh yes – NOT!

And the sad thing is that it really doesn’t change the taste, just the way it looks. But since we eat with our eyes first… this problem needs to be solved.

So when I found this pin by Jane from This Week for Dinner, I was super excited!

My handsome husband made some of his almost famous guacamole. This is the leftovers.

Saving Guacamole - Pintesting

Which I put into a small container.

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Then covered it with a layer of water roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

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I put on the lid, then put it in the fridge overnight.

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After work the next day, I took it out of the fridge and this is what it looked like.

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I drained off the water and lightly blotted it with paper towel.

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You can see from the before and after pictures that the “after” looks a little washed out compared to the “before” shot. It tasted a little washed out, too. I added a little salt, but it still wasn’t quite the same. Although I think it looks a LOT better than the disgusting brown that I normally see in leftover guac.

Saving Guacamole - Before and After - Pintesting


So here are the Pintesting results:

Overall Results: 4.05 Pins

4 Pins Overall

Accuracy:  The guacamole didn’t turn brown, but it did appear (and taste) a bit washed out. Avocados have the good kind of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. I don’t know if that’s what was floating on the top of the water when I took the container out of the fridge the next day, but it had that kind of look. IF that’s what it was, then that would explain the washed out taste. (If anyone can clarify this point, I would be extremely glad for the information.) I’m giving this 3 Pins.

Rated 3 Pins

Difficulty:  Pouring a bit of water on top of the guacamole… So simple that I’m not going to waste words and time on it. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins

Time:  It took mere seconds to pour water over the guacamole. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins

Cost:  Since we used bottled drinking water (because we don’t have good tasting tap water), there actually was a cost. However, if you use tap water it’s free. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins

Practicality: The method was successful in keeping the guacamole from turning brown, is cheap and easy. You lose a bit of flavor, but adding a little salt and hot sauce helped a lot. When some of my friends and family heard I was doing this test, they recommended that I leave the pit in the guacamole to keep it from turning brown. Another test for another day. For this test – 4 Pins

Rated 4 Pins


Pinterest addict, award-winning baker, and cookbook contributor - I'm Anne and I'm so glad that you've found Pintesting. This is where we test, review, and rate Pinterest pins on a weighted 5-point scale and sometimes share our own recipes, tips, and tricks.

1 thought on “How to Keep Leftover Guacamole Green”

  1. this was a great idea to “pintest”! 🙂

    I love the tip and it works great to me. here’s my one thing – I don’t like guacamole as much when it’s cold! I find even with this tip, I still like it best fresh and not freezing cold, but I AM super glad to have this tip in my life – so helpful!

    have a great day and thanks for the feature!

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