How Long Does Guacamole Last?

by Charlie
Guacamole

Guacamole is a common mixture of mashed avocados, onions, tomatoes, and seasoning that people use as a dip, spread, or salad. It’s rich in nutrients, vitamins, and fiber that are good for your body. You can easily make your guacamole as long as you have all the ingredients.

That said, how long does guacamole last? This depends if the guacamole is store-purchased or homemade. Store-purchased guacamole has preservatives and can also longer if kept in the fridge (10 days) than homemade guacamole, which will go bad after 4 days.

How Long Does Guacamole Last? [Chart]

Place of StorageDuration
In the refrigerator, unopenedUp to 10 days
In refrigerator when open3-5 days
Store-purchased in freezerUp to 10 months
Homemade in the freezerUp to 4 months
Homemade in the fridge2-3 days

Does Guacamole Go Bad?

Yes, guacamole is quite perishable, and if you do not store it properly, they go rancid quickly. Homemade guacamole will go bad after 2-3 days; while store-purchased can last for 7-10 days. The longest time you should leave out your guacamole at room temperature is two hours.

Guacamole can discolor and get contaminated if it stays out longer without refrigerating. You should also check other spoilage signs since they can still be fresh with the brown color. All you need to do is scoop off the brown part and then consume the rest.

Both homemade and opened store-purchased should not be consumed if left out overnight. Eating guacamole that has gone bad will give you food poisoning, making you experience diarrhea, vomiting, stomach aches, and sometimes fever. So, it’s best to throw away guacamole that has spoiled.

What are the Signs of Spoiled Guacamole?

Ensure that you always check the sell-by date if you purchase your guacamole to know the best storage conditions you need to observe.

That said, the below are signs of spoilage that you should not ignore:

1. Change in color

This will be the first sign. Your guacamole will discolor to brown that will eventually turn to black. It will not be healthy to consume it. It’s easy to make fresh guacamole than dealing with food poisoning.

2. Bad smell

Fresh guacamole should not have an off odor. The dip has a sweet aroma which you cannot ignore. If you sniff some bad smell, it’s good you toss it away. Spoiled guacamole can make you sneeze or cause allergies for some people who are sensitive to smell.

3. Mold

 Spoiled guacamole will start to grow some molds that you do not want to consume. You will see that the dip is watery and not creamy anymore. When this happens, throw it away.

4. Change in flavor

Your creamy guacamole will taste awful if spoiled. The kind of flavor that is tasteless and sour can make you vomit. It’s best to discard the guacamole and make a fresh one.

How to Store Guacamole

As you purchase or make guacamole, you should put in mind that it’s highly perishable, and if not well stored, it will go bad easily. Fresh guacamole is creamy and very delicious, and you will get more of the nutrients since the quality is still high.

You can store your guacamole in the fridge or the freezer:

In the Refrigerator

Keeping your opened guacamole in the fridge will last for 3-5 days for store-purchased ones and up to 10 days if not open. Homemade guacamole is a bit sensitive and will last for 2-3 days in the fridge. However, the texture must decrease while in the refrigerator compared to fresh guacamole.

In the Freezer

Frozen guacamole will last for months and will still be safe to consume. Homemade guacamole can last for a maximum of 4 months in the freezer, while unopened store-purchased can last for up to 10 months. 

You could expect a change in flavor and quality with this option of storage. Your guacamole will not be as creamy and delicious by the time you will be thawing it for consumption.

Tips for Storing Guacamole

Safety could be your biggest concern, but it’s also good to ensure that your creamy dip is still delicious.

Observing the below following tips can extend the freshness of your guacamole:

  • Store using an airtight container or a freezer bag by ensuring that you remove all the air bubbles. This will prevent exposure to air that could cause oxidation.
  • Ensure you properly seal the storage container when refrigerating to prevent contamination and other odor of other food items in the fridge.
  • To preserve the green color add 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice. Doing so will prevent the browning of your guacamole.
  • Consume your guacamole dip while still fresh. Stocking it up for months will affect its flavor with time.

Is Guacamole Good for You?

Yes. Not only is guacamole creamy, delicious but it’s also healthy, which is good for you. It also pairs pretty well with most of your dishes. You can add the dip to your vegetables, chips, sauces, and even fruits. It contains high fiber, which makes you stay full longer, which is ideal for weight management.

Guacamole is rich in potassium which is essential in regulating your blood pressure and balancing your body fluids. It also prevents bloating, and the tomato ingredients help promote heart health, and avocados may also help to fight inflammation.

Homemade guacamole is even healthier as you can minimize the ingredients you use. You may be able to control the amount of salt you add compared to store–purchased.

Final Thoughts

  • Guacamole is a common mixture of mashed avocados, onions, tomatoes, and seasoning that can last for days if well stored.
  • It would be best if you kept homemade guacamole in the fridge always as it can easily go bad.
  • Signs of spoilage include; off smell, discoloration, bad taste, and molds.
  • When storing guacamole, ensure you put in airtight containers, add lime juice and then keep it in the fridge.
  • Guacamole has nutrients and is delicious, which you should try and consume while still fresh rather than stocking it for months.

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