Woman reveals a very simple trick to keep avocado halves ‘perfectly fresh and green’ for 24 hours after being cut
- A TikTok video has revealed a simple trick to keep halved avocados fresh
- Avocados quickly brown once sliced when an enzyme reacts with oxygen in the air
- To avoid this, just dip the opened fruit in a bowl of cold water
- Cold water prevents oxygen from reacting with enzymes, which preserves the green color
- American vlogger ‘kmag1’ told viewers that the trick is her ‘biggest contribution’ to TikTok
Submerging half-cut avocados in cold water will keep fruit fresh and not skin brown, a video on TikTok claims.
The clip was shared by the American vlogger ‘kmag1’, who called it the ‘best life hack ever’ and called her ‘biggest contribution’ to the video sharing platform.
Avocados brown quickly after being cut open by an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase that is under the skin.
Once cut, the enzyme reacts with oxygen in the air, making the surface dark brown.
Cold water prevents oxygen from entering the skin and reacts with the enzyme, which retains the light green color.
American TikTok user ‘kmag1’ shows viewers how to keep sliced avocados fresh and green by dipping them in cold water
Just over 24 hours later, ‘kmag1’ filmed an update to show viewers how the avocado was submerged in the refrigerator overnight.
“Here it is, perfectly green. There is a little water in it, but I just pat it dry and it all comes off, “she said.
Chefs have been using the trick for years, storing half-cut avocados in water baths until needed.
But it seems many outside the hospitality industry were unaware until the video was shared on July 4, with thousands of nearly 900,000 viewers thanking the poster for showing them how to get more value from the popular ‘millennial’ -fruit.
Cold water prevents browning by forming a barrier between the enzyme polyphenol oxidase and oxygen in the air
Keep fruit to keep it fresh
– Strawberries, grapes and citrus fruits, which rarely sweeten after picking, should be stored in the refrigerator.
– Storing berries and vegetables such as asparagus in plastic containers with top vents extends the life of the refrigerator.
– Fruits that become soft and sweet during ripening – such as pears, apples and kiwis – are best kept in a bowl outside the refrigerator. Keeping in the refrigerator can interrupt ripening and affect the taste.
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“You just changed my life,” said one woman.
Another said she’s been doing the same thing for years with guacamole, which is made from avocado puree and lemon juice.
“Just pour in some water and make a seal, then pour it out when you’re ready to eat,” she said.
Others shared alternative solutions, including leaving the kernel in the fruit and then soaking it in lemon juice, and storing sliced avocados in an airtight container with chopped onion.