How to stop an avocado going brown!…

January 16, 2010 20 Comments by Kirsty

Avocado

This morning while I was shopping for fruit & veg a lovely lady offered some advice.

“Do you know that if you leave the stone from the avocado in the centre of your salad it stops the avocado browning?”

No I did not know! I knew about the lemon thing but had never heard this before. Did you?

I’m taking a green salad to a mates for lunch today. Normally I would cut & toss the avocado through just before serving but today I’m testing out this little gem of a home hint.

I’ll edit the post later with the findings.

Edited to add:
I made my green salad at 11am & the stone remained in the centre of the salad until we ate lunch around 2:30pm. The avocado had not browned at all! I don’t know how or why this worked but it did!

20 Comments

  1. M* (Melanie)
    4 years ago

    Yep, it's true. I always leave the half I don't use with the stone in it. It definitely slows the browning process down.

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  2. Liam's Mummy
    4 years ago

    Interesting. I know if you leave the stone in the half of the avocado you put back in the frij it's okay, but I'm really not sure about the salad.

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  3. mel @ loved
    4 years ago

    This is good news – if it works! Looking forward to your test results…

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  4. Stephanie and Carlos
    4 years ago

    Well I think that is worth a try!!

    xo Steph

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  5. Miss Amy
    4 years ago

    yeah i heard this too, let us know how it goes! I might add that if you leave the stone in, put the half of avo back and leave it in there for like 2 weeks it still goes brown… :p

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  6. Caroline
    4 years ago

    I am a bit skeptical about this. Fruit going brown after you cut it is a kind of oxidation reaction, ie. the fruit reacts when it's flesh comes into contact with the air. Leaving the stone in when you put your un-used half back in the fridge makes a bit of sense because the area covered by the stone is quite large and that protects the flesh under it, you might just get a bit of browning on the exposed flesh around it. Based on this I don't see how the stone itself has any magic properties when put in the middle of a salad, except if you have your optomism goggles on.

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  7. Cass
    4 years ago

    I knew about leaving the stone in if you only use half although I also wrap it in alfoil but will be interested in the outcome of it in the salad

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  8. Umatji
    4 years ago

    yep, I'm with Cass – leave the stone in the fruit and alfoil. I have a square that I use over and over for avocado and I must say that alfoil rather than gladwrap or whatever makes a world of difference to the avo!

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  9. pixelhazard
    4 years ago

    Oh You have me intrigued for the follow up

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  10. dillpickle
    4 years ago

    I never knew that! I'll try it next time I make a salad.

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  11. Amanda
    4 years ago

    I love Avocados and did not know this..Thanks for the tip :) Even though they hardly last long enough around here to turn brown..:P

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  12. Vic
    4 years ago

    I can't believe that worked! I knew to keep the stone in the avocado to keep it from going brown after you cut it, but I REALLY didn't think the salad thing would work…

    It's like magic! ;)

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  13. Posie Patchwork
    4 years ago

    Yep, it works, i'm on a diet & am allowed 1/2 small avocado per day, so i leave the stone in & pop it in Tupperware, perfect the next day. Also very much VERY MUCH depends on how ripe the avocado was when you cut it- i.e. a little browing starting, you can't stop that.
    Then there is lemon on apple of course, taste sensation.
    If you need to ripen your avocadoes quickly, pop them in a brown bag with a banana, magic!!
    Love Posie

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  14. oneekimo
    4 years ago

    sweet advice.. better give it a go

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  15. Alli (One Pearl Button)
    4 years ago

    I used to be a skeptic, but I'll back you up – it works! I recently made guacamole and left the seed in. Two days later, it was still green. Amazing! I have no idea what the science is, but it works.

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  16. Gypsy
    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing that somewhat bizarre tip! I can't imagine how it works, but I'll give it a go.

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  17. Sarah
    4 years ago

    WOW it did actually work!

    I will remember this …

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  18. Happydacks
    4 years ago

    That is so great to know! Love the extra advice about guacamole too!!
    Thanks Kirsty
    Michele x
    P.S. Have you heard the one about refreshing limp parsley…soak in luke warm water 1/2 hour later it looks as fresh as when it was picked, well almost!

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  19. Stephanie and Carlos
    4 years ago

    It worked!! Right next salad I shall do this!!

    xo Steph

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  20. Kawaii for You
    4 years ago

    What a fantastic tip! Thanks.
    Christine xo

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