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Blog: Super Bowl Guacamole - 10 Tips for Making Great Guac

Instead of Haas imports, go with local Zutano, Fuerte, Pinkerton and Bacon varieties for amazing, savory, oil-rich dip.

It's the "big game" this weekend -- and also a BIG day for guacamole! Why not use local, in season avocados instead of Hass from thousands of miles away (imports)?

In season right now are delicious Bacon avocados, as well as Zutano, Fuerte and Pinkertons! All of these varieties make amazing, savory, oil-rich guacamole. 

Always use the best, in season heritage avocado that is perfectly ripe. You can see all kinds of avocado varieties and what is seasonal at www.AvocadoDiva.com/heritage.

Depending on the variety, you can tell if its ripe by the following characteristics:

For winter's “green,” thin-skinned avocados – you can tell they are ripe by pressing on the fruit with your whole palm. If it gives and feels like the tip of your nose (soft, but not too soft) it’s ready to eat.

For summer's bumpy skinned avocados – often the avocado will turn a dark purple-black and also be soft to the palm. Certain summer avocados do NOT get soft – as the skin is too thick – in that case, you can tell if they are ripe by pushing on the stem – if it gives in, it's probably ripe. You can remove the stem and if you see green flesh, it’s ripe, but not over ripe. (Over ripe will look black or brown).

Never use a metal bowl with avocados as metal makes the avocado turn brown faster. Always use a plastic or ceramic bowl.

If possible, use a certamic or a Teflon covered knife for cutting your avocado. This will also help the avocado not turn brown.

Basic guacamole ingredients are avocados, salt, and lime. Always use a flakey sea salt and use a lot, as avocados are very bland. The lime or lemon should be fresh, plump and full of juice.

Lime or lemon juice is classic; however, any acid will work to help keep the avocado from turning brown. For example, you can use grapefruit or a vinegar.

Additional, classic guacamole ingredients are onion, garlic, tomato, peppers and, perhaps, cilantro. For the best guacamole, always use the freshest, in-season produce.

Ideally, you sould use both mashed avocados as well as some large chunks of avocados. Smash 2/3 of your avocado and reserve the other 1/3 in chunks to mix in to the final dip.

Food tastes best when it has a lot of contrast – creamy and crunchy, spicy and cool, salty and sweet. The perfect guacamole has a balance of all of these:

-       smooth avocado as well as chunks

-       salt as well as sweet tomatoes

-       hot peppers and bland avocado

-       creamy dip with a crunchy chip

Storage

There are many myths and ideas about how to store guacamole. The most important thing is to store the guacamole in a non-metal container with an air tight seal pressed right on the dip. For example – put the guacamole in a ceramic bowl and put plastic wrap right on the dip and mash it down a bit. No air. That’s the key.

Prepare ahead of time so the flavors mingle. For the perfect guacamole, make it 4 to 8 hours ahead of time so that the onion mellows and mingles with the avocado. If you use hot peppers, it allows the heat to penetrate the dip. But don’t make it TOO far ahead of time – as the avocado can turn too brown or over ripen if more than 48 hours. 

— Brenda Cusick is an active community member in Moorpark, CA, where she is a mom, Girl Scout leader and the Avocado Diva, a small avocado-shipping business owner.

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Brenda Cusick January 30, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I've been told that this blog post will be posted in many cities in California by the Patch! So exciting. Thanks Patch!
Mike Plouff January 30, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Thank You for the ripe-ness desriptions! Great tips!
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Thank YOU, Brenda, for blogging on Patch! Now... I've just got to find some of those avocados types you mentioned. I noticed the Hass avocados in the store today were rock hard. I'm guessing my local farmers market may have some...(and, of course avocadodiva.com, might just as well!) - Becca
Brenda Cusick January 31, 2013 at 02:03 AM
My pleasure! Yes - check at the TO farmers market if you can go tomorrow. The Ventura one on Saturday (early) will have some. I sold all of mine! My customers know to plan ahead... ;-)
Charles Ferrell January 31, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Where in the Pass Area can we find the best avocados and freshest chips? How about a review of some of those locations here in the Pass Area?
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Hey Charles, I'm not sure which city in the Pass area you're in, but you can check the Certified California-Grown Farmers' Market website and see if there's a farmers market near you (it doesn't list ALL farmers markets in the state, but it's a good place to start): www.cafarmersmarkets.com
Charles Ferrell January 31, 2013 at 03:38 AM
This is the Banning-Beaumont Patch, right? We are the Pass Area. This isn't a local story?
Washy January 31, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Freshest chips you make at home, freshest tortillias the carnaceria on Sunset and Ramsey. (Rio Ranch?) I think Jose's on Tenth and Beaumont Ave usually have really good avocados. But on Sunday in Loma Linda you can get some straight from the grower(s) Also at Redlands street fair on Thurs
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Actually, this blog post is on a few sites, but is SoCal based.
Tony Richards January 31, 2013 at 04:47 PM
You're insane if you think citrus in the form or lime or lemon helps the taste of guacamole. That will RUIN the flavor. You are right in pointing out that a good secret to preserving the guacamole is to put saran wrap right onto the top of the guacamole.
ATC January 31, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Hmmm...interesting opinion, although at least 9 out of 10 guacamole recipes call for lime juice. In fact, the only recipe I found in a quick search that didn't include lime juice, instead used pistachios and goat cheese!?! Huh?!? My wife is Hispanic, and guacamole ALWAYS includes lime juice in our house.
Brenda Cusick January 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Sacrilegious Tony! ;-) I personally think lime is the best on guacamole. I think it needs the "brightness". I even like a little lime zest in mine.
Washy February 01, 2013 at 12:36 AM
To say avocado is bland means you are not getting good avocados, they have a nutty buttery flavor...They stand alone very well and I agree with Tony citrus is an ingredient in guacamole that adds to it. Usually citrus is added to stave off browning
Libi Uremovic February 01, 2013 at 12:32 PM
i hit the mashed avocado with citrus to keep it from turning brown... i learned to make guacamole 40 years ago from an old indian woman ...
Tre February 01, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Good tips, thank you. Just bought some "calavo" here in the Bay Area where I am reading local Patch. Go Niners!
LG Joe February 03, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I reserve one of the pits and put it in the guacamole when storing it. I don't know why, but it has delayed the guacamole from browing longer than without. As Brenda shared, it is very important to eliminate any air in the storage of guacamole as well.
Kelly Bonanno February 27, 2013 at 03:37 AM
I had no idea that metal bowls make them turn brown faster. I'm a huge avocado lover. Great info, thank you!

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