When a honey bee has found a new source of nectar, it returns to the hive with a waggle dance that gives the others directions to the most productive flowers.
A waggle to the right, a waggle to the left, and the others know where to go. The whole hive benefits from one little bee’s shared information.
In this spirit, we created our Avocado Expedition as a way for our community to explore food wisdom together. Because when you learn, we all learn.
We're all familiar with the deep breath and crossed fingers as we place a cut-open avocado (you know, the one we just paid $2.99 for at the grocery store) in the fridge, persistently haunted by the thought of it turning brown and mushy by tomorrow.
We've been told the best way to store avocados is to slather them in lemon juice, place in an avocado-shaped airtight container with olive oil, tightly cover with plastic wrap, or refrigerate in a paper bag and say a small prayer. Perhaps you've simply given up on saving that perfectly ripe avocado, and instead have resorted to devouring the whole avocado.
What if we told you that you could enjoy the same avo for guac today, salad tomorrow, and scramble the day after that?
Here, we'll show you how.
HOW TO KEEP AVOCADOS FRESH
It's simple. The best way to store cut avocado is with Abeego Reusable Food Wrap.
We asked the Internet how long you can keep a cut avocado fresh. It said three days.
We see your three days, and raise you one week.
Join the avocado expedition & see for yourself! Here's how:
- Cut your fresh avocado in half, use on half and wrap the other in Abeego.
- Place it in the fridge, pit in and pit side up. Wait 2-5 days.
- Unwrap it and use all your senses - is it an avocado you’d trust to pile atop your toast or toss into a salad? Notice how the surface has slightly dried? It’s creating a new skin to protect itself! Slice off this new layer to find vibrant green goodness.
- Show us! Share your results on Instagram and be sure to tag us @abeego and #BetterWithAbeego
SEE THE RESULTS FOR YOURSELF
When our Founder and CEO, Toni Desrosiers, first invented Abeego, she was skeptical. Would it really work?
When it proved to keep her lemon juicier for longer than she’d ever experienced, she couldn’t quite believe it. Yet test after test, time and time again, Abeego saved food!
While we’ve learned a lot about how to save food in the last 13 years, we don’t know everything. The deep dive into the wisdom of food is endless and expansive.
The Avocado Expedition provides a forum for all of us to share our Abeego discoveries and deeper food wisdom with each other.
In the spirit of this expedition, we asked the Abeego team to wrap half of an avocado in Abeego, place it in their fridge, and check on it after "a few days".
In each photo on the right, a thin layer of the naturally-dried surface has been sliced off.
Let's dig in.
Brie, Abeego's Marketing Specialist, unwrapped her quartered avocado after an ENTIRE WEEK.
THE ABEEGO WHY
Uncut avocados are kept alive by their breathable, protective & opaque skin. You know what else is breathable, protective & opaque? Abeego!
Once sliced, the avo's flesh is exposed to excess air, light & moisture and begins to release oxidizing gases.
Wrapped in transparent & airtight plastic, these gases are trapped and the avo becomes suffocated & exposed to light.
Left naked, the avo has no protection and will quickly dry, wither & brown.
Wrapped in Abeego, the avo is protected, can release its gases, and is not exposed to light. Every extra day of shelf life we can gift our avo is a win.
OUR FAVORITE AVOCADO RECIPES
- Mashed Avocado Toast from Cast & Iron
- Veggie Burrito Bowl from Supper With Michelle
- Frozen Avocado Margarita from Conscious Cleanse
- Creamy Green Herb Dip by Food Waste Feast
WHAT OTHER FOODS CAN YOU SAVE IN ABEEGO
Have you ever picked up cilantro during your Saturday grocery shop only to discover a slimy mess by Taco Tuesday? Imagine vibrant cilantro this week and next week. Chimichanga fiesta, anyone?
Those introduced to Abeego beeswax wrap as a plastic wrap alternative soon discover that food saved in Abeego is simply better. In fact, every time we’ve pitted Abeego against airtight ways of saving food, Abeego is victorious.
Go ahead and use your Abeego to make an awesome reusable bowl cover and then level up to unlock the real victory in your kitchen. Because Abeego protects and breathes like nature’s own peel and rind, your food keeps alive for longer than ever imagined.
See quick results and test an avocado and then explore other foods like:
- Fresh bread
- Cheese (soft and hard)
- Roasted chickpeas
- Homemade yogurt
- Anything you can imagine!
We’ve tested a lot of foods and yet there’s still so much to learn!
HOW LONG WILL MY FOOD KEEP IN ABEEGO? WELL, IT DEPENDS
That’s always an interesting question! When Toni was on Dragon’s Den, the dragons asked how long can an avocado keep in Abeego. Her answer? “It depends.”
There are many variables to consider:
- Food condition when wrapped. Is it already very ripe? Is it good quality?
- The condition of your Abeego. How has it been washed? Is it thin and ready to be replaced or is it brand new?
- Your fridge. What’s the temperature? Humidity? Does it need a good spring clean?
- Location in your fridge. Did you keep it in the cheese drawer? The door? Top or bottom of your fridge?
Exploring conditions like these get us excited to dig deeper into understanding how and why food has performed in different ways.
Let’s dig into an example.
You excitedly unwrap your avocado half to discover browning on the surface two days later. You were expecting vibrant green.
What are the facts: Was the avocado ripe to begin with? Did it sit on the counter unwrapped for any length of time (browning from oxidation begins as soon as you cut into it)?
Was the avocado fully wrapped? Was it stored in the fridge pit side up or down? Do the brown flecks affect the taste or your enjoyment? Slice the top layer off, what’s it like underneath?
What’s the condition of your Abeego? If it’s looking thin, is it time for new Abeego?
When you’ve asked all those questions, you’ll see where your avocado fits into the bigger picture and develop a deeper understanding of your food and how it lives.
Not sure? We love (and by that we mean LOVE) to dig into it with you. Reach out by email, tag us on social media or send a private message. We can’t wait to hear from you!
WHOLEHEARTED PIONEERS UNITE
We’re so grateful to have you join us in our mission to Keep Food Alive. As we explore to expand the food frontier, we continuously make discoveries. It also means we don’t have all the answers.
You’re an integral part of our wholehearted pioneer community. We all thrive when you share your discoveries because when you learn, we all learn—as a company and as individuals—as we each strengthen our relationship with food.
Let’s keep connected and Keep Food Alive!
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It is with deep respect and gratitude that we create, build and operate our business in the communities of Southern Vancouver Island, which as a business we acknowledge is located within the ancestral and unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.
You might also like to read:
- Keep Food Alive | Abeego's Why
- Keep Food Alive Manifesto
- Do Something Especially When you Can't do Everything
- Abeego on Dragon's Den