How to store avocados properly to ensure longer shelf life? 

If you've bought an unripe avocado to time your guacamole appetite (we've all done it!), keep it whole and place it on your tabletop away from other fruits and veggies. Four to five days is average for an immature avocado on your countertop. 

Your avocado can stay fresh in the fridge for several days if it's ripe. When storing avocados in the fridge, use an airtight container or the produce/crisper drawer. Check your avocado often if it's in the produce drawer with bananas or apples.

If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you may cut into an avocado and realize you can't finish it. There are ways to store chopped avocado to prolong its shelf life. If the avocado is diced or mashed, use a food storage container.

You can preserve half an avocado skin and pit intact. Keeping the skin on and the pit within prevents oxidation and keeps the meat fresh. There are ingenious half-avocado preservation options, but the easiest way to keep half of the fruit is to massage olive oil or lime juice over the flesh.

Many TikTok users say that putting a cut avocado in water will keep it from going brown, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently spoke out against this trend, saying that keeping an avocado in water can make it unsafe to eat. 

The official stated that FDA study has shown that this storage strategy may be dangerous. "[The research] has shown that Listeria monocytogenes has the potential to infiltrate and internalize into the pulp of avocados when submerged in refrigerated dump tanks within 15 days during refrigerated storage," said the official.

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