Food tips

Food tips: Store avocados in water to keep them ripe longer – “Perfect for three weeks”

The trick is to immerse whole avocados in cold water in a container and place it in the fridge. But does it work?

TikTok user @shamamamahealing, who often shares unusual cooking tips, explained, “Just a little #avocado magic for you! Store it in water in the fridge for up to a month!”

This can be used for whole ripe avocados to keep them at their peak.

Many followers of the TikTok sensation said the trick worked for them as well. One TikTok fan @user1493895550348 said, “I had mine in the water for three weeks. It was perfect! I love TikTok hacks.”

Another, @user2933394982325, explained, “That’s why they call them aguacates.”

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Avocados are called “aguacates” in Spanish and “agua” means “water”.

ShamaMama, who shared the video, responded by saying, “Clever!”

Another user, Christopher Ryan Deel, explained, “This is mind blowing to me! Thank you! I LOVE making avocado toast for breakfast but they go bad so fast.”

Maria Dejesus added: “Omg tried it. It really works, put them on when they’re ripe and boom three weeks later, the last one is still fresh.”


Ideally, they should be stored in the low humidity drawer, where fruits and vegetables should also be stored, as this is the cooler compartment of the refrigerator with less humidity.

Avocados last between two and three days when stored this way.

Storing whole unripe avocados:

Avocados that are not ready to eat should be stored at room temperature to speed up the ripening process.

The best place is in a bowl that can be placed on the kitchen counter out of direct sunlight.

Maturation can take up to five days.

How do you know if an avocado is ready to eat?

This can be done by gently pressing down on the avocado to see if it yields.

Storing ripe avocado halves:

To prevent ready-made avocado halves from browning, add a pinch of lemon juice, lime juice or olive oil, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Avocado flesh can also be protected with water.

Place the avocado half flesh side down in a small container filled with water, cover and place in the fridge for up to two days.