The healthy fats found in avocados are just one reason as to why they are considered one of our more popular ‘superfoods’. Domestic consumption of avocados continues to increase year on year, and in 2018, we consumed around 2.4 billion pounds of avocados!The main problem with any fresh avocado is that it does not keep long once cut and soon begins to brown. This is where the avocado saver comes in. Although a saver cannot stop the browning process from happening, it can slow it down, keeping your avocado fresher for just that bit longer. A saver is also useful for protecting your avocado when in the refrigerator, or even on the go when taking it for lunch.
The Evrilholder Avo Saver with its patented design for storing your avocado half in the refrigerator or on the go is our best pick of the avocado saver crop.
The Joie Fresh Pod is our FDA approved and BPA-free plastic budget pick of the avocado saver crop.
Quick Comparison: Top 7 Best Avocado Savers
1. Evrilholder Avo Saver
The Evrilholder Avo Saver is a patented design for keeping an avocado half fresh by reducing its exposure to air and slowing down the browning process. The avocado half should be placed skin side up on the plastic base and held in place with the flexible rubber strap.
Made from BPA-free plastic with a rubber strap, the Avo Saver is also designed for taking avocado halves on the go. Suitable for cleaning on the top rack of the dishwasher, this saver can only hold an avocado that has been cut in half and some buyers have found that the results from using this have not been any better than just using plastic wrap. The odd buyer has also commented that this may on the large side for average size avocados.
2. MSC International Joie Fresh Pod Avocado Keeper
Made from BPA-free and FDA approved plastic, the Joie Fresh Pod is designed to store an avocado half in the refrigerator. Once the half is sealed in the Pod, this will help slow down oxidation and prevent it from going brown as quickly. This saver can also be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher.Some buyers consider this saver only works well with smaller avocados and the odd buyer struggles to open and close the saver due to the design of the fasten.
3. Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Avocado Savers
Suitable for almost any size of avocado, the Farberware Avocado Huggers includes a small and large Hugger for the different sized avocados. This saver also has a pit pocket that can be pushed in or out depending on whether the half has a pit or not. When an avocado half is pushed into the Hugger, a seal is created to prevent the avocado from being exposed to the air, slowing down browning.Made from BPA-free and FDA food safe silicone, the Huggers can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Some buyers have commented that the avocado needs to be a tight fit for the Hugger otherwise it will still brown quickly. Although one of the Huggers is small, some buyers have still found that this is on the large side, depending on what type of avocados you buy.
4. Prepworks by Progressive Avocado Keeper
The Prepworks avocado keeper allows you to store an avocado half face down in the green tray and then add the snap on clear lid to refrigerate. Able to take a variety of sizes, this BPA-free saver is also dishwasher safe. If the avocado is bigger, you may struggle storing it in this keeper, and in some cases, you may need to store a pit less half. Unlike some other savers, this does not create a seal around the avocado; instead, the avocado just sits inside it.
5. Tulz Avocado Save-A-Half
Made from BPA-free and food safe plastic, the Tulz avocado Save-A-Half (37057) is designed to provide a tight seal around an avocado half and slow down the browning process. It can also be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher. This is only suitable for smaller avocados and some buyers have found that the avocado needs pitting before placing in this as the cut out for the pit is also on the small side.
6. Tupperware Avocado Keeper
Able to store half or a whole avocado, the green Tupperware avocado keeper fastens with a clip lock to reduce air contact with the avocado. This avocado-shaped and thicker walled saver is also dishwasher safe. This keeper may not always close as tightly as you would expect, and some owners have found it more useful as a case for taking avocados on the go rather than just for storing them in.
7. Kinsy Avocado Saver
The Kinsy 5-in-1 avocado set includes a tool for splitting, removing pits, peeling, slicing and smashing, and is also able to store avocado. Made from eco-friendly and food grade plastic and stainless steel, the manufacturer recommends when using the saver that the avocado half be stored pit-in and also that lemon juice should be added to the half before placing in the saver.This set is dishwasher safe and also comes with a satisfaction guarantee. As this is a multipurpose set, it does cost more than other styles of avocado savers.
Things to Consider Before Buying an Avocado Saver
An avocado saver or keeper is designed to stop a cut avocado, from browning as quickly. It is important to note though that any type of saver is unable to completely stop an avocado from browning. An avocado in a saver should also still be refrigerated to help slow down browning, or the technical name for the process - oxidation.
When choosing an avocado saver, there are a number of things to consider. First of all, look at the size of the saver. If you usually buy larger avocados, then look for a saver that will take the larger fruits. Placing a small avocado in a large saver means there will be more air trapped within the saver, and if you do want to take the avocado on the go, a larger saver will also increase the risk of bruising or damage to a smaller avocado.
Most avocado savers are made from plastic, so look for those which are made from FDA approved/food grade plastics and if you prefer to avoid BPA/phthalates, then also check that the plastic is free from these.
A saver that is dishwasher safe offers easy and hygienic cleaning. Some savers may only be suitable for cleaning in the top rack of the dishwasher, so do check before washing to reduce the chance of it being damaged during the cycle.
A saver that allows the cut half of the avocado to sit against the base may or may not have a top cover. A top cover is useful as it prevents the avocado from absorbing odors from other foods in the refrigerators, as well as keeping some of the flavor and aroma in the avocado. It can also be more helpful if you want to take avocado on the move. However, the main problem with a top cover is that it can restrict the size and shape of avocado that you are able to store in the saver.
Avocado savers are also better for the environment, instead of having to use fresh plastic wrap or a Ziplock bag every time you cut into an avocado. Over time, buying an avocado saver will also contribute to a budget saving on alternate wrappings, as well as reducing the amount of avocado that has to be thrown away as it is too brown to eat.
Why Avocados Brown So Quickly
Avocados are mainly made up of fatty acids; oleic and linoleic acid being two of the important ones. They also contain little starch or sugar. While avocados are still on the tree, they do not ripen; they only start to ripen once they have been picked. If an avocado is refrigerated while unripe, this will actually stop it from ripening at all, but if you put it in the refrigerator once ripe, it will usually stay at this point (uncut) for a few days.
Once an avocado is cut, the flesh browns quickly as it becomes exposed to oxygen in the air. This oxidation occurs because avocados also contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase, which is able to convert phenolic compounds in the avocado to quinones. As these quinones join together into long chains called polyphenols, this chemical reaction can actually be seen as browning of the flesh. The brown color actually comes from melanin, the same molecule/pigment that gives our hair, eyes and skin color.
Because avocados contain a lot of the enzyme polyphenol oxidase, they start to brown fast.
Browning or oxidation cannot occur in an uncut avocado, not only because the flesh has not been exposed to any oxygen, but also because the phenolic compounds and polyphenol oxidase are only released when the flesh of the fruit is damaged or cut into.
Oxidation occurs in many other fruits and because the quinones that are produce during this process are toxic to bacteria, it means that once the fruits have been exposed to oxygen, they are actually able to last longer before beginning to rot.
Storing cut avocado in the fridge actively helps reduce browning, as the lower temperature of the refrigerator is able to slow down enzyme activity. Leaving the pit in will always minimize browning where it is in contact with the flesh as the pit prevents oxygen contact.
Coating an avocado half in lemon juice before storing is another common way to store avocados. The acidity of lemon or lime juice slows down the enzymic reactions, as the enzymes are sensitive to acidity. Even if you are using a saver, lemon juice is helpful as it slows down browning and coating in juice before storing may even be recommended by some saver manufacturers.
The main disadvantage of coating avocado with using citrus juice is that over time it will cause the avocado to become slimy.
Similarly, some of us may choose to store some cut onion in a sealed container with a cut avocado to reduce oxidation (through sulfur compounds from the onion). There is a risk of minor odor/taste contamination from the onion though, which is not an issue if you want your avocado for guacamole, but it may be noticeable when used in other ways.
Eating Brown Avocado
A brown avocado does not look its best, and it will taste more bitter and become mushier as more and more of the avocado flesh is damaged by oxidation. But a little browning is harmless, so to help save money and food waste, next time your avocado half is going brown, just give it a good stir before serving and it will be fine to eat!
Although avocados may be a superfood, their superfood status is unable to stop them from browning once cut! In this article we have looked at some of the science of browning and why avocados are able to brown faster than other fruits, as well as confirming that an avocado with some browning is still fine to eat.We have also offered some tips on what to look for when choosing an avocado saver as well as considering what benefits a saver can offer compared to some of the other ways, we may store avocados. We hope you have found this article interesting and the info provided will be useful for you when choosing the best avocado saver to not only save your avocados, but hopefully a few dollars as well!