The struggle with browning avocados is real. Just like with apples, bananas, and potatoes, avocado turns brown when it’s exposed to oxygen in the air. It’s still safe to eat, but the less browning there is, the better, especially if you want to send it in your kid’s lunchbox.
How to stop the browning before it even starts? The goal is to protect the flesh of the avocado from oxygen exposure as much as possible. Discover the most popular and kid-approved tricks from experienced lunchbox moms and dads.
1. Use avocado oil. Rub or spray avocado oil, then store the avocado in an airtight container in your refrigerator. You can also use coconut oil or squeeze lemon juice if the taste doesn’t bother your child.
2. Use frozen pre-cut avocado. The community mentioned products found at Costco. You can also get avocado chunks on Amazon.
3. Use wrapping paper. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, foil, or any disposable wrapping paper you have at home. You can find disposable or eco-friendly alternatives to regular plastic like the Beeswax Food Wrap Rolls or Compostable Cling Wrap to keep your food fresh naturally and reduce waste!
5. Use a food preserver. As an example, Ball Fruit-Fresh Product Protector prevents browning and protects the flavor of fresh-cut produce. Parents say that it works like a charm on avocados, worth a try!
We love these 5 tricks because they are easy AND kid-friendly. They don’t alter much the flavor nor the aspect of the avocado in the lunchbox, which always helps in getting a child to eat his lunch!
If you are not 100% confident in the preparation you made, you can always use one last trick when packing the lunchbox in the morning. Some parents admitted that using sesame seeds on top of the avocado was efficient enough to “mask” any first sign of browning in the lunchbox. In any case always make sure the avocado stays in a tightly closed container to prevent air from getting in.
Want ideas of healthy, easy-to-pack lunchbox ideas including avocado that your kids will love?
If the simplest and maybe the best way to eat an avocado is to simply eat it alone, we also like to add a dressing like a basic vinaigrette (oil and vinegar), mayonnaise, or even hummus.
Before you get started, check out these 4 popular and delicious ways to pack avocado in your child’s lunch in no time. You can also explore all the possibilities shared with you by moms and dads around the world via Teuko.com. You’ll find there kid-approved lunch ideas including avocado dices, avocado slices, half avocado, and of course guacamole as kids love to dip!
Which solution works best in your family to prevent avocados from browning in the lunchbox? Do you have any other tip or lunchbox hack that you would like to share? Let us know in a comment below or by email, we want to know!
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