Why You Should Store Your Avocados in Water

The ultimate hack so you always have perfectly ripe avocados on hand
Learn all about why you should store avocados in water + why this is the ultimate hack so you always have perfectly ripe avocados on hand! The best way to reduce food waste and save money.

Note: in the time since I wrote this blog post, more information has been shared about storing avocados in water and how that could lead to bacterial growth. Please note, I am not a medical professional, food handler or have scientific training in anyway. Please do your research and determine accordingly what works best for you, your household and your health.

This is a different type of post that what I typically share here on the blog. But sometimes I discover a hack that is just too good not to share. And this definitely counts — especially if you are trying to reduce food waste like we are. If you love avocados, but hate how short the window of ripeness is… this is for you. Here’s why you should store your avocados in water! Yup, you heard me correctly. Prepare to be amazed.

Learn all about why you should store avocados in water + why this is the ultimate hack so you always have perfectly ripe avocados on hand! The best way to reduce food waste and save money.

How To Always Have Ripe Avocados On Hand — Store Avocados in Water!

I wish I could take credit for discovering this storage hack for avocados, but I can’t! It’s something I saw making the rounds over on TikTok and had to try myself… and it works! And it’s insanely easy to do. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Let your avocado ripen to your desired amount on the counter (or quicken the ripening by placing in a paper bag)
  • Step 2: Put the ripe avocados in a glass jar and fill with cool water. A wide mouth Mason jar is perfect for this and usually fits 2 avocados. Be sure that they are fully submerged in the water (they’ll float a little).
  • Step 3: Seal with the lid and put in the fridge.

… and that’s it!

Learn all about why you should store avocados in water + why this is the ultimate hack so you always have perfectly ripe avocados on hand! The best way to reduce food waste and save money.

You’re probably wondering how long these avocados last in the fridge. I’ve found that mine can last anywhere from a week to 9-10 days. And the results consistently yield perfect ripe, creamy, delicious avocados for guacamole, salads, sandwiches, etc. Isn’t that absolutely amazing??

Why does storing avocados in water work?

Basically, avocados turn brown because they are exposed to oxygen in the air. And they oxidize faster than other produce because of their chemical composition, apparently! But when you store an avocado in water, the flesh is protected by the water from the oxygen. Thus, it doesn’t oxidize!

Why I love this avocado in water hack SO much:

  • You don’t need anything special — literally just use any jar!
  • It works on uncut avocados. I’ve tried it on cut avocados and didn’t love the results because they got a little slimy.
  • It’s perfect if you live far from a grocery store (like us), if you don’t go grocery shopping frequently, or like to buy in bulk.
  • Avocados are expensive and I hate food waste!
Learn all about why you should store avocados in water + why this is the ultimate hack so you always have perfectly ripe avocados on hand! The best way to reduce food waste and save money.

Tell me… have you tried storing avocados in water?? I’d love to know if it’s worked for you!

Also, let me know what you think of this type of post. I’d love share more of the funny little hacks that help to make daily life easier if you’re interested!

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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13 Comments

  1. 6.10.24
    Gina Garrett said:

    Do they need to be refrigerated after covering in water?

  2. 4.13.24
    Wendy Clark said:

    Is It Safe to Store Avocados in Water?
    This magic trick might work, but you’ve heard it before: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, storing your ripe avocados in water in the fridge isn’t safe, and the Food and Drug Administration recommends against it. “The main concern is with the possibility that any residual human pathogens (Listeria or Salmonella) that may be residing on the avocado surface may potentially multiply during the storage when submerged in water,” an FDA spokesperson told Today.

    Washing the avocado skin after it’s been soaking in water won’t guarantee that your avocado isn’t contaminated; FDA research has shown that pathogens like Listeria can seep into the pulp of the avocados. Washing your avocados beforehand doesn’t solve the problem, either. The FDA advises people to always wash produce like avocados thoroughly under running water with a scrub brush to wash off potential pathogens, such as Listeria. But even if you do so, you can’t guarantee that your avocado will be 100 percent pathogen free — and since bacteria can multiply in cold temperatures, it’s just not worth the risk.

    • 6.11.24
      Joanna said:

      WOW! I had no idea. Thanks for letting me know. I will update the post and hope that people make their own decisions based on what they think is best for their household and health. thanks!

  3. 12.24.23
    Maryam McMillan-Sweet, PhD. said:

    I really don’t like running out of avocados in the middle of the week. This is a game changer for me.
    Thank you for such a great tip.

    MMSweet

  4. 7.9.23
    Tammy said:

    I have used this method and it truly works. About a week to 10 days is the longest I have gotten. I always wash before placing my Avocados in the water!!

  5. 4.18.22
    Kristen said:

    Thank you for this tip! Do you think there’s a big difference between glass or plastic? I have a plastic container I’d love to use for this, but don’t want to ruin the avocados if there would be an issue.

    • 4.18.22
      Joanna said:

      Hmm I actually don’t know. I’m a bit weird about using plastic for storing food and usually prefer glass so I don’t have much experience with this. I would recommend testing out one and seeing how it goes? I hope that helps!

  6. 4.14.22
    Jennifer said:

    I m trying this the next time I go to the store! Yes, I love life hacks that really work. Thanks!

    P.S. I can’t wait for your garden! I know you feel the same.

    • 4.18.22
      Joanna said:

      Keep me posted on how it works for you!! And YESSSSS to my garden!!! thank you!

  7. 4.14.22
    Erin said:

    Do you have to switch out the water frequently? This sounds like a great trick!

    • 4.15.22
      Joanna said:

      Not that I know of. I literally just fill the jar and then get one when I need it!