Homemade always trumps shop-bought in my eyes; fresher, less full of gunk and the satisfaction gained from of simply taking your time to create something, is second-to-none. Guacamole is one of those things, that once you make it, you’ll be questioning why you ever bought it. The beauty of going homemade is, your cupboard is your playground; add chilli flakes, a splash of lime, a dash of coriander, some fresh chillies, a chopped spring onion. It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, that process of endless creation and experimentation is what keeps food interesting and a joy to a make.
What are you actually paying for?
In theory, guacamole is two things, mashed avocado and sea salt. It literally takes no longer than a couple of minutes to construct. So when we go and spend £1.90 on a pot of stale guacamole from the shops, in an environmentally friendly plastic tub, is it really all that more convenient than simply taking an avocado, mashing it, adding some salt and anything else we might desire? I don’t think so.
I did a bit of research into what it is we pay for when we pay for the convenience of pre-packaged guacamole and it might surprise you to find that:
- One leading brand of shelf-stable guacamole (the non-refrigerated kind) boasted a mere 3% rehydrated avocado. At the higher end of price scale, that’s £2 spent incredibly well…
- There were up to 25 different ingredients in one “fresh” pot, containing a host of emulsifiers, stabilisers, flavour enhancers and sugar
- Essentially all brands and varieties I looked at contained added sugar in varying quantities, forms and even in a mix of several different forms within one pot too (dextrose, sugar and glucose syrup!) – not sure why we need sugar added into our savoury dip?
- Modified corn starch crops up rather frequently in the ingredients list
- Reduced fat alternatives all packed in lots more sugar
The Make it Yourself ethos
Good simple food doesn’t have to be composed of a zillion different ingredients that none of us know how to pronounce, and you certainly don’t need to rely on supermarkets to make your guacamole for you. Doing it yourself takes no time and is full of flavour because it hasn’t been sat in a plastic pot for 6 years!! It’s as fresh as guacamole can get and given that avocado is shipped half way across the world and everything, one step closer to freshness is a good thing no?
Easy Guacamole Base
- sea salt
- anything else you fancy garlic, chilli, paprika, lime
Mash avocado to preferred consitency
Add additional ingredients and mix