Did you know that, according to Forbes, avocados and avocado-based products outsell Apple’s iPhone smartphone, earning avocado companies 1.5 times a year than that device earns the tech giant? While fresh avocados certainly play a major role in this trend, you should know that guacamole is one of the main drivers here. And why not? Now that guacamole health benefits are widely known, more people feel okay using the luscious green dip as a topping for eggs or as a butter on their toast.
If you’re a guac-head, you might not be satisfied with the basic guacamole recipe you’ve been using to transform the simple avocado into one of the best dips out there. As culinary professionals will tell you, when it comes to making fresh guacamole dips, most home cooks just get it wrong. Here are the three most common mistakes people make when crafting their guacamole.
How to Make Even a Basic Guacamole Recipe Taste Amazing
- Start with the Best Avocados
- Don’t Forget About the Lemon Juice
- Go Fresh with Everything
As Huffington Post suggests, you’re not going to have any luck crafting even the most basic guacamole recipe if you start with over or under ripened avocados. Quite simply, avocados that aren’t in tip-top shape will affect the flavor and texture of the finished dip, even affecting guacamole nutrition overall. When you’re shopping, give each avocado a gentle squeeze. They should only have a little give.
Lemon juice is an important ingredient in guacamole, but you’d be mistaken if you thought it’s just a matter of flavor. Lemon juice helps preserve the avocados in the dip. Ever notice how guacamole tends to turn brown after only a few hours? Lemon will fight off this oxidation, keeping your avocado looking and tasting perfectly bright.
For EatingWell.com, the worst mistake you can make when trying to get that classic guacamole flavor down is using dried or packaged ingredients. You need to go with fresh ingredients to really develop the flavors and make your guacamole stand out. Garlic, lime, cilantro — all of these ingredients are readily available fresh, and they’ll make a huge difference to the flavor profile of any guac.
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