How long does hummus last?

Can You Freeze Hummus?

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Tamara
January 21, 2022
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Hummus is a tasty dip or spread that’s popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

It’s made with chickpeas, spices, tahini, and lemon. Hummus can be enjoyed with a variety of foods because it’s creamy and rich, and its chickpeas give you a good boost of plant-based proteins.

How long does hummus last?

If you’ve made your hummus at home, it will last for about three or four days before getting stale. By comparison, hummus bought from the store will last for about six to seven days. 

If you love eating hummus, you’ll probably want to make it last for longer. You might think about freezing it, but should you?

We’ve got the lowdown on this issue as well as how to store hummus in the fridge so that it tastes as amazing as it should. 

How Should You Store Hummus? 

hummus in fridge

Whether your hummus is homemade or store bought, you will need to keep it in the fridge.

Ideally, keep store-bought hummus in its original container as this will lock out moisture. If you’ve made the hummus at home, store it in an airtight container.

To preserve the hummus’ flavor when refrigerating it, you should drizzle olive oil on it before it goes into the fridge. This will also prevent it from becoming dry.

Make sure your hummus is stored in the fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

If you have taken it out of the fridge but have not eaten it in its entirety, you must be careful not to leave it out of the fridge for longer than two or three hours as this can cause bacteria to grow in it.

While you might think that you don’t need to refrigerate your hummus, this food contains ingredients that will spoil, such as chickpeas, lemon juice, and garlic. 

Can You Freeze Hummus? 

Freezing foods is an easy way to make them last longer, and you can also freeze hummus. There are some things to consider, though. 

Different hummus recipes and brands will vary, which means that some hummus will lose its quality when frozen. Generally, the plainer your hummus, the better it will freeze, especially if it doesn’t contain garlic or red peppers. 

Some store-bought varieties of hummus will usually freeze better than homemade hummus because they contain preservatives.

These actually protect the hummus from the freezing and thawing processes through which the hummus will go.

How To Freeze Hummus

How To Freeze Hummus

There are different methods in which you can freeze hummus.

The easiest one is to put the original hummus container in the freezer.

That said, make sure you put the container in a freezer bag to prevent spills in your freezer. The hummus will expand when it freezes, and this could cause the seal to break. 

If you’ve eaten some of the hummus and you want to freeze the rest, transfer it into ziploc plastic bags or airtight containers. If you’re using a container, make sure it’s freezer-safe and make sure you leave an inch of room at the top to accommodate expansion.

A pro tip is to drizzle a layer of olive oil on the surface of the hummus before you pop it into the freezer to prevent it from losing moisture. 

Finally, you can put small quantities of hummus on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. Freeze the hummus until it’s become solid, then put it into a freezer bag for long-term storage in the freezer.

This is a smart way to freeze smaller amounts of hummus so you get what you need and prevent waste. 

For How Long Can You Freeze Hummus?  

how long to store hummus

If you want to freeze hummus, make sure you only freeze it for a maximum of four months.

This is because freezing it for a longer period of time will change its texture and taste, so it won’t be as delicious.

To avoid forgetting your hummus in the freezer or how long it’s been in there, use a permanent marker to write the date and month when you started freezing it on the container.

If you don’t want to use a permanent marker on the container, put some scotch tape on the top of the container and write a label on the tape. 

How Should You Thaw Hummus After Freezing It? 

It’s important to thaw hummus properly when you’re ready to eat it. To thaw it, put it in the fridge overnight.

It might take a bit longer to thaw if you’ve frozen a large tub of hummus, so it could be more beneficial to thaw smaller amounts for what you need.

You might notice that when thawed your hummus ingredients have separated a bit. To remedy this, give your hummus a good stir. If you like eating hummus when it’s warm, you can pop it into the microwave.

After thawing hummus, make sure you eat it within five days.

What To Do When Thawed Hummus Doesn’t Taste Nice

What To Do When Thawed Hummus Doesn’t Taste Nice

You might find that your hummus is dry after you’ve thawed it. Don’t throw it out!

Simply add a bit of olive oil and stir it well. This will boost its flavor and make it soft as well as moist.

If the flavor of your hummus has changed, such as that it’s become bland, this is normal as freezing hummus can change how the hummus tastes. Again, you can easily fix this.

Simply add some onion, herbs, or garlic to your hummus to give it more flavor.

You can also add chickpeas that have been drained and rinsed from the can to give your hummus a new lease on life, with improved texture and taste. It will also taste as though you’ve just whipped up a batch of hummus at home. 

Is Hummus Healthy? 

hummus is healthy

Earlier, we mentioned that hummus contains ingredients like chickpeas that are a great source of protein.

Here are other reasons why hummus is healthy.

  • Hummus is low in sugar. Hummus is relatively low in sugar, which  makes it a better snack than sugar-packed spreads or dips. In addition, hummus has a low glycemic index so it gets slowly released into the bloodstream. It therefore won’t cause sugar spikes.
  • Hummus contains olive oil. Virgin olive oil contains an antioxidant called oleocanthal. This is anti-inflammatory and is said to work in the same way as anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Hummus is rich in fiber. This makes it healthy for your digestive health. Hummus generally contains about six grams of dietary fiber per 100 grams, which is the equivalent of 24 percent of women’s daily fiber requirements and 16 percent of men’s.
  • Hummus can be enjoyed in various diets. If you’re following a nut-free, gluten-free, or dairy-free diet, you’ll be able to enjoy hummus.
  • Hummus encourages heart health. Thanks to its chickpea content that lowers bad cholesterol and its olive oil content that gives your body healthy fats, hummus can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. 

That said, there are some important things to bear in mind if you eat hummus regularly.

  • Hummus can contain high amounts of sodium. This is mainly a problem with store-bought hummus, but making your own hummus can help you to reduce your salt intake.
  • Hummus can be high in calories. Just two tablespoons of commercial brands of hummus can contain about 80 calories, so you want to watch how much you consume.
  • Hummus enjoyed in excess amounts can cause gastrointestinal inflammation. This is as a result of hummus containing chickpeas, which can be hard to digest.

Can you re-freeze hummus? 

If you’ve thawed hummus you shouldn’t put it back in the freezer. This increases the risk of contamination, which can make the hummus a health risk to consume.

How do you know if hummus has gone bad? 

You will be able to tell if hummus is bad by smelling it. If it smells sour, this is a sign that it’s gone off.

Conclusion

Hummus is delicious and you can use it in a variety of dishes, or even just spread it on bread.

If you want to stock up on hummus for a party or you want to freeze small amounts of hummus for snacks and sandwiches, you can freeze it.

In this article, we’ve looked at how to go about this in the right way, how long you can freeze hummus for, and how to thaw it properly so that it’s full of flavor.

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Tamara

Tamara is an avid foodie and successful restaurateur. She has dedicated a large chunk of her life to researching healthy food recipes and diet plans, and also teaching people how to improve their eating habits. Using Eatomology, Tamara shares the very best diet plans, cookbooks, and more. Also, for those on a quest to improve their kitchen, Tamara shares some awesome and high-quality kitchen equipment recommendations as well as buying guides on her website.