For anyone who likes to eat avocados on a regular basis, it’s well known that they can turn brown and somewhat off-putting once left out. However, does that mean they are no longer safe to eat?
There are some key tips consumers can use to prevent their avocado from discoloring, but there is no substitute for refrigeration.
If you left a cut avocado out on the counter overnight, you shouldn’t consider eating it. According to the FDA, you should not eat any perishable food that has been left out at room temperature for two hours or more. The same does not happen with an uncut avocado, since the pulp is not exposed to the air.
But there’s a little more to consider when making a decision, and there’s a lot to know about storage methods and the risks of consuming a spoiled avocado. Keep reading to know more!
What can happen if you eat a spoiled avocado?
Eating avocados can have many health benefits, such as increased Vitamin E Although they are a bit pricey, they are a delight to start your day or as a side dish to your next taco night.
If you accidentally ate an avocado gone bad, you don’t have to worry too much. You probably noticed that the avocado was rancid after the first bite and you spit out what was in your mouth.
Eating the wrong avocado can cause an upset stomach and possibly vomiting or diarrhea. These are normal signs that your body is fighting bad bacteria and trying to flush them out of your system.
Unless you’ve eaten a fair amount of moldy avocado, you don’t have to worry. You may feel a little nauseous for a while, which can often be relieved with a warm drink like your favorite tea.
The next time you go to cut up an avocado, you should do a quick visual inspection and smell the fruit to make sure it doesn’t smell rancid or “bad.” Trust your instincts for this one and you should be able to avoid eating another bad avocado.
How to know if a lawyer has gone bad?
Avocados that have a thin layer of discoloration on the exposed flesh are not necessarily bad, and can often be salvaged and enjoyed. However, the signs of a really rotten avocado are hard to miss and once you take a bite, you’ll instantly regret it.
When an avocado goes rancid, it often becomes incredibly soft. When you pick one out at the grocery store, you need to pick it up to determine the firmness. If it’s already soft, you should put it back on.
Cutting into a spoiled avocado can give the impression of brown, mushy flesh. Sometimes there may even be mold already present. You should discard the fruit immediately and start over with fresher fruit.
Once they have gone bad, avocados can take on a sour smell. If you eat avocado often enough, you’ll immediately recognize that it doesn’t have the normal flavor and should be thrown away before eating.
A good avocado should be smooth and evenly green on the inside. For those who aren’t sure what a perfectly ripe avocado should look like, a quick Google search can give you a picture of what you’re looking for.
An avocado that is too soft is often not good for slicing, which is a popular way to enjoy the product. Even if you plan on making guacamole, a mushy avocado won’t have the right texture and can leave a lingering off-flavor on your plate.
How to store cut avocados?
Opinions differ as to how avocados should be stored once cut. Some people say you should eat the whole thing so you don’t have a problem avoiding the discoloration that inevitably invades the top layer.
When you go to store your avocado, you should seal it in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap. You don’t want the avocado exposed to air in the refrigerator, as this can lead to discoloration and a dry avocado.
In addition to always storing your avocado in a container, you should try to keep it intact by leaving the pit inside the pulp. If you slice an avocado, leave half uncut until needed.
The hole helps keep the area below cool, but it doesn’t always prevent exposed areas from browning. However, it helps keep the fruit fresh and visually appealing the next time you want a snack.
Unlike whole avocados, cut avocado chunks should never be left on the counter. It’s a sure way to get back to a rotten avocado. If you want to slow down the ripening process of an uncut avocado, you can simply place the whole thing in the refrigerator.
When left whole, avocados are unlikely to dry out because the skin retains moisture. This becomes a problem once they are opened and exposed to air, so proper storage is necessary.
Can you stop an avocado from turning brown?
Naturally, if you have any leftover avocado, you’ll want to save it until you can eat the rest. After all, it is one of the most expensive items on grocery store shelves.
When exposed to air, avocados can develop a brown top layer, similar to apples. Most of the time it is good to eat, but the chemical reaction may upset some people.
There are some popular tips to prevent browning, and luckily, many only require an extra step or two. One of the easiest methods is to put a little lemon juice on the cut side of the avocado.
The acidity of the lemon juice helps preserve the exposed pulp, which can give you a fresh avocado a day or two later. If you don’t have a lemon, a lime works just as well and then you could make guacamole!
Another option when storing a cut avocado is to place it in a container submerged in water. It can also prevent the avocado from discoloring and it only takes one more minute of work to dry the avocado before slicing.
Some people claim that applying a layer of olive oil to the exposed flesh of the avocado can also prevent browning, although the tartness of citrus is generally considered a more effective option.
How long do cut avocados last?
Depending on how you choose to store your cut avocados, they can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. When refrigerated under the right conditions, such as inside a sealed container, you have a better chance of keeping your avocado fresh for a few days.
If you sliced an avocado and left it on the counter for Taco Tuesday, it may turn brown after an hour or two. You may find that it’s best to toss the leftovers and next time sprinkle them with a little lemon juice to keep them green.
When you know you likely have avocado left over, you should try to leave it in the skin with the pit. This helps keep the rest fresh and becomes easier to store than several small cut pieces.
Some grocery stores carry smaller varieties of avocados, which can be perfect for those who just want a slice. You may find that it’s easier to store them whole and eat them all at once rather than bother with a complex storage process.
Of course, it is better to leave whole avocados if you want them to last longer. However, this is not always possible and you may need to store them in the refrigerator or even make a sauce from the leftovers.
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