Avocados can be used in many ways, from adding to salads, spreading on toast, and mashing into guacamole, but we don't always eat the whole fruit at once and need to store half for later. However, the green flesh tends to darken when exposed to air, and that means those pricey avocados become unappealing and often are tossed away. Luckily, avocado keepers can help save that perfectly fresh unused half from browning and bruising.
Avocado storage products vary widely in their design. In all of the options we tested, avocados showed less browning in just a couple of hours compared with simply setting an avocado half on a fridge shelf. Testing showed that how the avocado was prepped and placed in the storage solution affected whether it could extend shelf life beyond just putting an avocado half in a baggie or container. When handled to take full advantage of an avocado keeper’s design, our tester was enjoying avocado leftovers two or more days after refrigerating.
To help you find the best avocado storage solutions to keep your produce as fresh as possible, we sent top-rated containers to our experienced product tester. Each one was used to store avocados for a couple of days in the fridge, and then thoroughly observed. Then, the avocado storage containers were all rated on design, seal, size, durability, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Here are our top picks after researching and testing the best avocado storage solutions you can buy today.
Joie Avocado Fresh Saver Pod
Limits browning and bruising
Stays sealed even when jostled
Small avocados slide around inside
Shaped like an avocado, this keeper not only helps to prevent browning, but it also prevents bruising since it completely encloses and protects the avocado while stored in the fridge. The avocado half is simply placed cut-side down in the container, minimizing the amount of air that reaches the avocado flesh, and then the lid is placed on top. Since the bottom surface is flat, the pit must be removed before storage.
Our tester found that placing the avocado face down was key. Although the see-through plastic lid lets you spy on the avocado flesh if you place that side up, the leftover half wobbles around and the avocado browns more quickly. The container’s fixed size means it’s a little big for small avocados but may be a tight fit for extra-large ones.
This BPA-free container is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. While it’s shaped like an avocado, other foods could fit, like lemon or honey mango halves.
Price at time of publish: $10 for avocado saver pod
Dimensions: 5 x 3.75 x 2 inches | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher safe? Yes
"I liked that this container was easy to open and close and that I could still store it in the fridge’s produce drawer without worrying about the avocado getting bumped and bruised." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Evriholder Avo Saver Avocado Holder
Works for all avocado sizes
Straps the avocado securely to the base
Forms a tight seal that keeps air out
Bulky for small avocados
This avocado keeper looks like a funky sandal and works in a similar fashion, with a wide, stretchy strap that hugs the skin. It has enough adjustment points to hold the cut side of a large or small avocado snugly against the keeper’s surface. The base has an indentation for the avocado pit to fit into, but it can also be used if the pit has been removed.
The Avo Saver was designed to make it easy to pack that avocado half in a lunchbox or cooler. Our tester thought that the keeper took up more than its fair share of lunchbox space if you were packing a small avocado, but a big avocado could travel well in it.
During the testing window, the rubber strap and hard plastic held up well and seemed designed to last, but customers have reported that the stretchy strap can wear and break after many uses. To reduce browning, it’s important to cut the avocado in half evenly and tighten the strap enough that it won’t slide. Sold as a set of two, this avocado holder is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and is BPA-free.
Price at time of publish: $15
Dimensions: 5.25 x 3.75 x 1 inches | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher safe? Yes
"This keeper can hold an avocado half that’s five inches long and almost two inches tall, so it may be the best bet if you typically store giant avocados." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Food Huggers Avocado Huggers
Stretches easily into place
Stays secure and airtight
Requires minimal storage space
Pit pocket rarely fits the avocado hole
A women-owned small business, Food Huggers offers several storage solutions that stretch over the cut side of different-sized round-shaped fruits and vegetables. The holders in this set fit over odd-shaped half avocados. They even have a “pit pocket” designed to slip over the pit if it’s left in the cut avocado or push into the hole in the avocado if the pit has been removed.
Our tester liked the design when she left the pit in the avocado. The pit pocket popped out naturally, keeping the pit in place and air away from the green flesh. The hugger didn’t work as well when the pit was removed. Unless the pit hole was quite deep and perfectly round, the silicone would pop back after it was pressed into the hole. Our tester could still get an airtight seal on the cut surface, but the hole left by the pit browned a little more quickly.
The avocado huggers come as a set of two: one small and one to fit larger avocados. They are made entirely from silicone and are BPA-free; they are also dishwasher safe but are easy to wash by hand. Since they don't add bulk, these savers store and preserve avocados well and don't take up extra space in the fridge.
Price at time of publish: $14
Dimensions: 5.63 x 3.98 x 1.46 inches | Material: Silicone | Dishwasher safe? Yes
"I liked this design’s low profile, both in use and for storing. I’d recommend storing avocado halves with the pit in place." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Progressive International Onion, Tomato, and Avocado Keeper Set
Can hold a range of leftovers
Lids seal tightly
Tomato and onion containers nest together
Hard to open
Requires bonus storage space
This set of keepers for onion, tomato, and avocado handily stores the vegetables that are left over after making a small batch of guacamole or salsa. They are shaped to fit vegetables that have a cut surface, with a lid that snaps on to keep the vegetables fresh.
These totally closed containers help keep the cut surface of the tomato and onion from drying out and onion from scenting the refrigerator. The avocado keeper helps prevent oxidizing and protects the avocado from bumps and bruises during storage. Even though the container can hold a medium-size avocado face up with the pit in place, our tester found it rolled easily and browned avocados more quickly than when she pulled out the pit and laid the cut side against the flat base.
Our tester could smoothly twist open the round tomato and onion lids, but the avocado container’s shape made it open differently, requiring a squeeze and pull in just the right place. It also won’t nest with the other two containers, whose size gradients let them lock together and take up less space when not in use.
These are BPA-free, stackable, and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. While they’re designed for specific vegetables, the round onion and tomato containers are large enough that they could hold small avocados and other leftovers.
Price at time of publish: $20
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.4 inches | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher safe? Yes, top rack
"Giant store-bought produce can be cut into and easily stored in these containers. They were large enough for most of my homegrown vegetables and small organic avocados, sealing extra air inside the container." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Best Vacuum Sealer
FoodSaver Cordless Handheld Food Vacuum Sealer
Compact when in use and stored
Compatible bags can be reused and resealed
Suitable for avocado halves or slices
Requires special bags
Fills large or nearly empty bags slowly
Since air is the enemy of avocados when preserving, vacuum sealing makes sense. This handheld device is quiet, portable, easy to store, and affordable. It has a charging base, limiting messy cords while in use. FoodSaver says the unit can seal up to 60 quart-sized bags with one charge (24 hours), and two quart-sized bags are included. Once the special zipper bag is closed, you can open it to use some of the avocado and then reseal it to eat the rest later.
Our tester thought the device did a good job of removing air from small bags and keeping it out. You can fill the bag with avocados with or without their pits or even avocado slices, but pieces with more exposed surface area will darken more quickly.
The included bags can be washed by hand and reused but are not freezer proof. The bags can be used with some larger FoodSaver vacuum sealing machines, but other FoodSaver bags are not compatible with this handheld model. You can also use this handheld device for other vegetables, deli meats, and cheeses that you want to store in the fridge, as well as for packaging dry goods.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 3.44 x 3 x 8.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher safe? No
"I recommend sealing avocado halves without the pit and with the flesh facing you so that you reduce your chances of squishing the avocado. The low-powered vacuum took about eight seconds to suck all the air from a quart bag with an avocado half, so use small bags unless you have a lot of food to store." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Bee's Wrap Sustainable Reusable Food Storage Variety Pack
Reusable and eco-friendly
Air and fridge smells stay out
Easy to remove and store
Low melting point
These all-natural wraps can be used to store any kind of food, including pesky avocados. The seven-piece set includes two medium and two large sheets, plus one very large sheet for wrapping a loaf of bread or covering a casserole. Its two smallest sheets with a honeycomb print are perfect for avocados, and you can cut the larger sheets to suit your needs.
These handcrafted wraps made of cotton, beeswax, plant oil, and tree resin are sustainable, eco-friendly, and simple to use. The warmth of your hands softens the wrap and creates a seal to itself, then the sheets firm up again and hold their shape until you’re ready to unwrap. Our tester had not expected them to seal so securely against something as delicate as an avocado, but the wrap was tacky enough to stay in place.
Our tester recommends leaving the avocado skin on and pit in place, which gives you something firm to press against as you seal the wrap. Setting the avocado pit-side down on the wrap, sealing the edges around the skin, and then storing it in the fridge with the pit facing up minimized bruising.
The wraps should be washed by hand with cool water and mild dish soap, then air-dried and stored away from light and heat until the next use; with proper care they can last for up to a year.
Price at time of publish: $39
Dimensions: 7 x 8 inches (small), 10 x 11 inches (medium), 13 x 14 inches (large), 17 x 23 inches (bread) | Material: Organic cotton beeswax | Dishwasher safe? No
"Bee’s wrap is an attractive storage tool because it’s reusable, eco-friendly, and simple to use, clean, and store." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Best for Guacamole
Casabella Guac-Lock Container
Comes with detailed instructions
Works with varying volumes
Packs together for a small footprint
May take practice to remove air pockets
Let’s face it, most avocados are used for guacamole, and that leftover guacamole is just as difficult—or possibly more difficult—to keep fresh. This container is designed to solve that problem as it presses all the air away from the guacamole to prevent browning.
Our tester found the detailed instructions for using the container helpful. The filling tips made a big difference: air pockets and an uneven surface let brown spots develop in those areas. When used as directed, a full batch of guacamole stayed fresh until the container was opened, and the leftovers could be repeatedly resealed and stored with minimal browning for several days.
Made from BPA-free plastic that’s shatterproof, odor-proof, and stain-resistant, the container can be used for other dips, salsas, sauces, and food storage as well as leftover guacamole. It can also be used for serving, so you can make the guacamole in advance, remove the lid, and serve directly from the container. It is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and the riser that pushes out excess air fits inside the container for more compact storage when it’s empty.
Price at time of publish: $24 without tray
Dimensions: 4.75 x 4.75 x 3.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher safe? Yes
"This container is a must-have for anyone who makes guacamole regularly but can’t finish the batch in one sitting." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
The Joie Avocado Fresh Saver Pod takes the top spot since it fully protects your avocado from both browning and bruising. However, if you're looking for something more versatile and less bulky, the Bee's Wrap Sustainable Reusable Food Storage Variety Pack includes small sheets that effectively slow browning.
How We Tested
Our selected avocado storage solutions were tested for hours by our product tester for the most authentic results. We paid close attention to each container's design and seal, assessing how well they preserved the avocado. We also made note of how easy it was to clean each container. Each avocado storage solution was given a rating for design, seal, size, durability, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
What to Look for in an Avocado Storage Solution
Ease of Use
Avocado sizes vary, so keep this in mind when picking an avocado keeper. You'll want to choose a storage solution that can accommodate varying sizes of avocados, whether they be on the smaller side or mega-sized. If convenience is important to you, make sure to select an option that's dishwasher-safe. This will ensure quick cleanup so you can reuse your avocado saver without any hassle or wasted time.
Coverage and Seal
Aside from browning, avocados are also prone to getting bruises and bumps during storage. Try to find a solution that fully encases the avocado for ultimate protection. It should also be airtight to prevent the avocado from turning dark. Many avocado storage solutions come equipped with secure lid clips that lock in securely and keep your avocado leftovers as fresh as possible. We also advise seeking out avocado keepers made out of BPA-free plastic or silicone to optimize full coverage and protection.
Your avocado storage solution doesn't have to be limited to only avocados. If you're looking to keep other fruits and veggies fresh, search for an option that will work for many foods. Savers that are larger or more circular shaped can accommodate more than just an avocado.
How do you store leftover avocado?
Cutting open an avocado releases enzymes and exposes its flesh to oxygen, causing it to turn brown. So the more you can do to keep the flesh intact and the oxygen out, the greener your leftover avocado will be.
Storing leftover avocado with the skin on protects the exterior surface, and leaving the pit untouched slows browning in the dimple beneath it. The remaining exposed flat surface benefits from a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, whose acid slows browning. Enclosing the avocado half in a tightly sealed avocado keeper, bee’s wax wrap, or plastic wrap before refrigerating adds another layer of protection.
Can you freeze leftover avocado or is it best to store in the fridge?
It’s best to keep leftover avocados in the fridge, but even then they soon start to discolor. If the original avocado was just ripe and free of bruises, you might be able to protect the cut surface and store it for a few days before it becomes too dark and off-flavored to enjoy. Ice formation actually speeds up enzymatic browning, so frozen avocado browns quickly as it defrosts but may still be palatable in smoothies, sauces, or baked treats.
Are there any other steps you can take to preserve the integrity of leftover avocado?
Once an avocado has been cut, it quickly oxidizes, like an apple or pear. The techniques for storing leftover avocado all have one goal: slow browning. Less exposed surface area means more green, edible avocado the next day.
Timing is also key. Underripe ones can be nearly tasteless, so it’s better to wait just until you can push free the stem with a little pressure from your fingertip. Overripe avocados, which show a brown spot beneath the stem, may be flavorful but tend to spoil quickly when leftovers are saved in the fridge.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a cookbook author and product tester for The Spruce Eats. In addition to reviewing more than 90 products for the brand, Donna has compiled roundups on other small kitchen appliances, such as the best toaster ovens, rice cookers, and air fryers.
Julie Laing has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. She wishes she could grow avocados in her Montana garden but instead uses every trick she can to keep store-bought ones from spoiling. She even included a pickled avocado recipe in her 2020 cookbook, "The Complete Guide to Pickling." Julie personally tested 7 avocado storage solutions for this roundup.
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