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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Keep Leftover Guacamole Green

Today’s Kitchen Tip ROCKS. Brace. Yourselves. After today you will know how to keep leftover guacamole green.

how to keep leftover guacamole green from @janemaynard

So, it’s a running joke with a lot of our friends that everything they do around me is so they can get on the blog. One of my new friends here in our new town is just such a friend and she’s getting on the blog after a very short friendship. She wins.

Katie (the friend) had Cate over for dinner the other night and when I picked Cate up they were eating leftover guacamole that was as green as the day it was born. Katie said, “I have a great tip for keeping guacamole green.” And I was like, “It doesn’t involve lemon juice or avocado pits, does it?” And Katie was like, “No way.” And I was like, “Good, because OXYGEN is the reason guacamole turns green.” And Katie was like, “Exactly. The trick is water.”

THIS TRICK IS GENIUS. I don’t know how I haven’t heard of this tip before. Okay, so here’s what you do: put your leftover guacamole in a storage dish and then put about half an inch of water on top of the guacamole. That’s right, just carefully pour it right on top of the guac. This completely blocks any contact with oxygen and the guacamole stays completely and totally green. Also put a lid or plastic wrap over the dish to prevent spilling in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat the leftovers, just pour off the water! It’s like magic except that it totally makes sense.

how to keep leftover guacamole green from @janemaynard

I’ve always stored my guacamole with plastic wrap directly on the guacamole and then a lid on the container, and it sort of helped, but not completely. I still got a light brown layer. Then I used water instead of plastic wrap – green as far as the eye can see.

The guacamole you see pictured in this post is two days old. TWO DAYS. 

how to keep leftover guacamole green from @janemaynard

And, I know, brown guacamole and avocados aren’t bad and taste (supposedly) just as good. But who likes brown guacamole? Nobody, that’s who.

Please note, the overuse of capitalized words and the word “like” in this post should be a clear indicator as to how excited I am about this tip. 

(If you’re looking for a guacamole recipe, click here.)

I saw Katie today and she said she found the idea originally on The Kitchn, of course, because they’re full of great ideas over there! If you’d like to check out their post, click here. It will also prove we’re not crazy. πŸ˜‰


  1. It seems a bit unappetizing to me to eat it after it has been sitting in water. I am ok with guacamole being an eat-it-or-toss-it kind of food. Good thing I love avocados and always have them on hand!

    • Jane Maynard

      that was our first thought, but it honestly just pours right off, no big deal. the water doesn’t penetrate the guacamole (there might be a few drops here and there, but for the most part it just rolls away). just in case you ever do want to try it! πŸ˜‰

  2. Great idea. I normally squeeze some lime but it doesn’t always do the trick!

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    debbie rough

    you go katie L!!!! that is great advice love it!!!!

  4. 5

    What the heck is “leftover” guacamole??? You mean you can stop eating it before it’s all gone???? πŸ™‚ Great tip, thanks!

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    Kelly B

    Awesome tip! I love guacamole and am always so sad to have to throw the uneaten stuff out. Can’t wait to try this tip next time!

  6. Great trick! We always seem to make more guacamole than we can eat in one sitting. Does the water seep into the guacamole and make it runnier? That would be my biggest concern.

    • Jane Maynard

      nope, not at all. there were maybe a few drops that stayed behind, but it didn’t affect the texture at all. just gave it a stir and all was perfect!

  7. 8
    Rebecca O

    Can’t wait to try this! Just in time for Super Bowl!

  8. 10

    Super idea”¦can’t wait to try it!

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    Kim from PA


    This is why I love your blog so much……I learn a lot and we eat well!

  10. This is wicked cool. I’ve never tried this. I wonder if oil works too? I need to test this water trick out. You’re a genius woman. xx

  11. 13

    OMG….I love guacamole so much I will eat the brown (Yes I admit it) but I can’t wait to try this trick

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