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Guacamole on a Vegetable Tray

Guacamole is one of my favorite year 'round ice-breakers/starters---I know I have lots of company in households across the country who consider it a jewel to bring party guests together for chip-dipping or to quell the gnawing hunger pangs when friends arrive for dinner hungry to the extreme.

Guac-Lock Open & Closed
Here's the great news! Now I can make the guac a day ahead and serve it right from the fridge WITHOUT it turning such a yucky color I wouldn't dare bring it to the table. Honestly, I was surprised that I could make a double recipe the day before my company was coming---and it didn't turn brown. Really, not a speck of brown, and it didn't lose a bit of flavor.

In past years I've tried all sorts of different ways to keep the stuff from oxidizing--like putting a thin layer of lemon juice on top, putting plastic wrap on top, or including the pit in the bowl. None of these little tricks worked very well, but some people HAVE figured it out. Guac-Lock Almost Empty

The clever folks at Casabella came up with the Guac-Lock, a guacamole storage container that makes prep-ahead guacamole a can-do by eliminating the air that causes the brown, yucky oxidation. It's such a brilliant approach I wish I had thought of it.

I love this little guacamole container that even comes with a sectioned serving dish for chips or veggies. I filled the serving dish with an array of colorful veggies and tried the Guac-Lock, a container that comes with a neat, snap-on cover. It even has a hole at the top that you snap shut once the guac is ready to store. It literally locks out the air so the guac is stored in a container with no air spaces inside--that's the magic!

Making this possible is the white cylindrical collar that fits into the base of the container. Once I put the guacamole into the container, all I did was press down on it, and voila! It pushed the base of the container upward until the top of the guacamole hit the underside of the snap-on lid. The last thing I did was snap the hole closed at the top and tucked the guac in the fridge. Sooooo awesome!!!!!!

Homemade Guacamole Now about the guacamole recipe----I assumed everyone had a favorite family recipe for guacamole but discovered there are many people who simply buy it ready-made and have no idea of how super-easy it is to make at home.

The Guac-Lock even comes with an easy recipe for those who haven't a favorite of their own.

Here's my recipe--it's so quick and easy even a novice cook could achieve success. What IS different is the little splash of Hatch chile powder I mix in to make the guacamole zing! If you love life with a little zing, just add some Hatch Chile Powder from http://www.melissas.com The chile powder comes in hot or mild--two great choices! Guacamole Ingredients


    2 organic avocados, coarsely mashed (from Melissa's)
    1 large Roma tomato, diced (from Melissa's)
    2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped organic shallots (from Melissa's
    2 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
    1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
    Pinch mild Hatch Chile Powder, or to taste (from Melissa's)

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix gently until well combined. Adjust seasonings to taste and transfer the mixture to the Guac-Lock.

#Guaclock #MakeitSaveitCraveit @melissasproduce

P.S.Guac on a bagel is pretty darn good too!

Guacamole on a Bagel

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