Brown avocado got you down? These tools will help your perfect avocado last a bit longer.

By Kimberly Holland
July 30, 2020
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I'll admit it: I've spent a good deal of money on avocados that I let go bad because I cut into them and didn't protect them from air. They turned into brown mush, as avocados are wont to do.

But if we're admitting things, here's another truth: an avocado is a bit of a one-way relationship. If you wait too long, you'll squander the fruit entirely, cutting into one that's rotted seemingly overnight. Too soon, and you'll have a hard, flavorless block. But when you get it right — oh, when you get it right! — and you cut into that beautifully ripe fruit at the right time, you're rewarded with a buttery, creamy fruit that's as versatile as it is delicious.

That's precisely why it's important to use the right tools when it's time to slice, dice, smash, or mash your avocado. The right tools, the right time, the right outcome.

According to Avocados From Mexico, U.S. avocado consumption has grown by over 760 percent from 1990 to 2017. In fact, Americans consume an average of 7.1 pounds now, up from just 1.1 pounds in the '90s.

Of course, a great bounty of avocados must be imported for American eaters. In fact, Americans imported more than two billion pounds of Avocados from the Mexican state of Michoacán last year. That's nearly 90 percent of avocado imports to the U.S., Avocados From Mexico says.

With all those people eating all those avocados, you just knew the kitchen gadget companies would find ways to help us solve our great avocado heartaches — and they have. Here, we've collected the most highly-rated avocado tools, ones that owners and users say actually work. Keep these best avocado tools in your kitchen drawer so that when you slice into your next avocado, you'll have everything you need to make sure it's not a disappointing end to a dream for that beautiful fruit.

Casabella Guac-Lock Container

Casabella Guac Lock
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The best way to prevent brown guacamole is to make sure no air — absolutely zero — touches your dip. You can add a bit of water over the flattened top of your guac to block air. You can also get this handy guac container, the Casabella Guac-Lock, which is designed to press out all the air around guacamole so it stays green and beautiful as long as you need it.

Here's how it works: You put your homemade guacamole into the Guac-Lock. Eat what you want, dip as you will. Then, when you're done, smooth out the top of the guacamole. Put the top on the bowl, and snap it in place. Push the bowl up to close off any space between the guacamole and the lid, and then seal it shut. No air, no brown guac!

"If used properly (meaning, you make sure to have as little air as possible in the container), Guack-Lock does keep the guacamole fresh over a few days. Also, you will discover that Guac-Lock will improve the taste of your guacamole. I find that my guacamole tastes better as days pass, because the flavours blend (spices, veggies, etc.). Win-win," one reviewer wrote.

Buy it: $19; amazon.com

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
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Slicing avocados can be a dangerous thing. But this tool, which uses a plastic blade, is sharp enough to cut an avocado without bruising it, but it isn't sharp to the touch. The stainless steel pit grip pulls the pit right out of the avocado — no hacking with your sharp knife — and the fan blade at the other end cuts an avocado into seven pieces.

The OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer also has more than 8,000 reviews on Amazon and still maintains 4.6 stars. The reviews are glowing — and it's easy to see why.

"This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. ... The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool," wrote one reviewer.

Because the blade isn't sharp, you could also carry this avocado slicer in your lunch box — one like this cute neoprene lunch bag decorated with avocados — so you can have fresh avocado on the go.

Buy it: $10; amazon.com

Joie Fresh Pod Avocado Keeper Storage Container

Joie Fresh Pod Avocado Keeper Storage Container
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If you cut into an avocado and have half left for breakfast or dinner later in the week, you should store it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth. But bumping and banging in a refrigerator crisper drawer will do great damage to your avocado half, leaving you with a lackluster leftover.

Think of Joie Fresh Pod Avocado Keeper Storage Container as an avocado's bodyguard. The plastic shell keeps the tender fruit safe, and the flat surface prevents air from getting to the exposed fruit. This will slow browning and mush-ification. It also eliminates the need for single-use plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

A happy reviewer wrote, "I love this!! I placed my avocado cut side down like the instructions said and put it in my fridge. Opened it the next day for tacos and it was still really green! I usually put my other half in a Tupperware container and the next day it’s brown. I highly recommend."

Buy it: $6, amazon.com