Healthy Eating: Make Your Own Guacamole
While there are fairly inexpensive and healthy pre-made guacamoles available for purchase, guacamole is very easy to make on your own. It only requires a few ingredients, and is more tasty and healthy if you use fresh ingredients. It also does not take very much time – once you have the necessary ingredients gathered, it should only take sometime between 5 – 10 minutes to make. So there is really no reason why you should not be making your own guacamole, once you are confident about how to do it.
What you will need:
- Cutting board
- Small mixing bowl
- Salt & Pepper
One of the most important aspects of making your own guacamole is the ability to discern when an avocado is ripe, or being willing to ripen it, yourself. First, you want to test avocados with skins that are dark green or black. Then, pushing gently on the skin, check to see if the avocado flesh beneath has any/much give. If it barely moves at all under pressure, then the avocado is not ripe yet. You can purchase these avocados and leave them on the counter for a couple of days to ripen, doing the pressure check again to make sure it is ripe before using it for guacamole. If, on the other hand, you are really craving guacamole, and absolutely cannot wait, then you need to make sure that the avocado does move fairly easily under soft pressure. If the avocado moves fairly easily, however, there is another problem: it could be overripe. An easy trick to make sure you are not going to open the avocado to see unusable brown flesh is to flick off the small, dry stem at the end of the avocado. If this removal reveals the green avocado color you desire upon cutting into the fruit, then this avocado is ripe and ready to be used right away! If, on the other hand, the removal reveals brown, you do not want to purchase that avocado.
Now that you have lovely, ripened avocados, you are ready to begin!
- Using the knife, slice the avocado in half.
- Grab the spoon, and edge the avocado flesh from the dark skin, then drop the avocado flesh into the bowl.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Dice the tomato, and add to the bowl.
- Dice the shallots, and add to the bowl.
- Using the fork, mush the avocado flesh, and then mix all of the ingredients together.
- Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips, and you are ready to eat!
Since avocados taste best if eaten very soon after opening and cutting, it is recommended that you only make a small amount of guacamole (this is why I only put 1 avocado in the list of necessary items and ingredients). I also did not list a specific amount of tomato or shallots to add, because it is a manner of taste. I like a lot of tomato, and generally add an entire tomato to the guacamole, but a lot of people might find this amount a bit too much, and want to add only half a tomato, or 3/4 of a tomato.
If you have never used shallots before, they are a type of onion that have a bit of a garlicky taste to them. Shallots are also strong, however, so a small amount has a large impact on your guacamole. I usually dice two small slices of shallot to add to one avocado’s worth of guacamole. If you are a huge fan of garlic and onions, however, you may find yourself wanting a little bit more.
See? Very easy, and very quick! Make sure to let me know if you have any questions about the recipe in the comments! Also, please share any additional tips, or other easy, favorite, end-of-summer dishes.