Does Guacamole Go Bad? Tips on Extend Its Shelf Life!

Guacamole is a versatile dish as you can use it as a dip (like tahini, hummus, ...), spread it on another dish or serve it as a salad as Food & Wine notes. 

It might happen that you make the avocado dip after sweating over getting the recipe right, but one question keeps circling in your mind, does guacamole go bad?

Stale food is bad for your health as it can lead to health problems such as diarrhea. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can even lead to poisoning. If the guacamole in your fridge goes bad, you run the risk of falling sick.

This is why we have answered a few of the most common questions related to guacamole including how to check its freshness and the correct way to store it at home.

How Long Does Guacamole Last? Does Guacamole Go Bad?

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Just as salsa sauce goes bad, so does guacamole. The Best By date on the label tells you how long you can use it for before it goes stale.

An unopened container of guacamole usually lasts a week. If you open the container, it will only be three to five days before it goes bad. Once you open the seal, it starts to degrade faster than it would if the seal was intact.

This estimated period is for the guacamole you buy at a grocery store. Packed guacamole sold at stores tends to last longer than the one made at home.

However, not everyone buys this avocado-based dip. Some of you might be preparing it at home. With the time and effort you would have put into making it, you might be thinking how much longer you can savor it before you will have to make a fresh batch.

If you have placed your homemade guacamole in the refrigerator, it will retain its freshness for about two or three days. After that, it will go bad.

How to Tell If Guacamole Is Bad?

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There are certain signs which tell you if the guacamole you have is worth putting on a table or whether it go into the trash.

The color of the guacamole will tell you how fresh it is. If your guacamole turned brown, this means it might have gone stale. This happens due to the natural oils in the avocado that start to degrade, giving guacamole the unappetizing color.

However, a brownish color does not always mean that the whole jar of guacamole has gone bad. You can always scrape it off and eat the green condiment.

You can also check if there are any layers forming over your guacamole with a brownish tinge or black spots. They are formed by molds which grow over damp food in the presence of air.

Another way to tell the freshness of guacamole is to smell it to detect any funny odor. Guacamole smells weird when the avocado becomes overripe.

How to Store Guacamole Properly?

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Storing it means that you will have to keep guacamole green. It is normal to see it turn brownish in color after you keep it in the fridge for a day or two after exposure to air. However, many nutritionists state that guacamole has an even shorter shelf life if you do not keep it in the fridge.

Always scoop some out of the container as you serve it at the dinner table and store the rest away in the fridge. Never put the entire batch on the table as it will start getting stale at room temperature.

You need to make sure that every time you open the container, you tightly seal it before you put it back in the fridge. In case you find it difficult to secure the seal properly or are in doubt whether you did it correctly, try using an airtight jar instead.

An acidic liquid helps keep guacamole fresh. You can use lime juice or lemon juice and brush it on the top layer of the guac. Some vinegars are also helpful in this respect. You can follow the recipe on Food Network to add vinegar into the guacamole as you make it. Sprinkle only a little of the acidic liquid or else you will get an overpowering flavor.

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