Hummus is an it food that is all the rave right now. It is healthy, creamy, deliciousness that people are dipping and spreading away at. The growing trend of hummus has made for increased priced of the store bought favorite, leading many people to try their hand at homemade hummus.
Homemade hummus may be one of the simplest appetizers that you have ever made but unless you are feeding an entire dinner party worth of people, you may find yourself perplexed with how to store the remaining hummus from that huge batch you just made. Can you freeze hummus as a worthy storage option or are you better off giving the leftovers the boot?
What Is Hummus Made Of?
While you have been ordering hummus at your favorite spots and dipping away at it from the refrigerated section of the local grocer; have you stopped to see what exactly that creamy treat consist of? Hummus, in a nut shell, it a mixture of pureed chickpeas.
The chickpeas are typically placed in a food processer with olive oil until a smooth desirable consistency is found. You can easily leave it at that, chickpeas and olive oil, but the majority of the time you will find seasoning’s and other flavoring agents that add to the dish.
Traditionally, hummus is made with chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, and sesame oil. Hummus has come a long way from its middle eastern start and can know be found in just about any savory flavor combination you could dream up.
Some of the most popular types of hummus are roasted red pepper, Roasted garlic, sun dried tomato, and chipotle. No matter what flavor combination you are a fan of, home preparation of hummus is simple, quick, and filled with endless possibilities.
Hummus may be one of the simplest dishes to make but it also requires proper storage to keep it as fresh as possible. Choosing to use an airtight container in the refrigerator is ultimately the best option to choose.
While you may be tempted the take the serving bowl, wrap in in plastic wrap, and throw it in the refrigerator, the hummus may be easily altered from other airborne flavors in the refrigerator. If it is highly seasoned hummus, such as roasted garlic, it can also be the one causing altered flavor to other foods that may not be properly stored, not to mention the garlicy smell that would take over your refrigerator.
If you are purchasing store bought hummus you don’t have much to worry about. They typically come pre-packaged in an airtight container that you can simply snap the lid back on when you are done enjoying a portion of the dish. However, you should also be aware of the risk of cross-contamination.
Always scoop out a portion of your hummus, homemade or store bought, and place it into a serving bowl. There is no better way to cross-contaminate your food than dipping and double dipping directly into the storage container.
You may not think much of this, but consider it this way; as the hummus sits at room temperature while you are eating it, the temperature is dropping and creating an environment for bacteria growth. Placing it back in the refrigerator will not kill the bacteria that has grown or the germs that were transferred from eating out of the container.
Homemade hummus can typically last for 3-5 days, depending on the freshness of the ingredients you used to make it and proper storage conditions. If you are using pre-made hummus, it will last for a round 4-6 days after the sell by date when opened or up to 10 days if the package remains sealed.
Can You Freeze Hummus?
Hummus can most definitely be frozen! You should freeze it in an air tight container or a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. The period of time that hummus will stay good in the freezer can depend on several factors, such as, how fresh it was when it was frozen. Generally speaking, the life span for frozen hummus is around 6-8 months. The longer that hummus is frozen, the greater chance you stand of the flavor, texture, and overall consistency altering from being frozen.
The sooner that you eat your hummus, the fresher it will be. If you are looking to make a batch of hummus last as long as possible, you can always consider freezing in in portions that better fit the amount you use at one sitting. Simple place the frozen hummus into the refrigerator the night before and allow to fully thaw. This is a great way to eliminate waste and keep homemade hummus on hand for when craving hits!
Homemade Vs. Pre-Packaged Hummus
While hummus may be in the spotlight of healthy eating and mindful snacks, it is being strongly cheered on and hopefully not just a passing fad food. The growth of hummus in recent years has led to the manufacturing of every flavor of hummus at our fingertips in the grocery store. It has also led to manufacturers developing shelf stable hummus for longer lasting quality without a refrigerator. Don’t less this confuse you when it comes to making homemade hummus.
You may be enjoying hummus simply because you like it or because you are trying to make healthier options; rest assured that making hummus at home is the healthiest option and doesn’t take much more effort than opening the pre-packaged kind. Delicious hummus is only as quality made as the ingredients put into it; I don’t know about you but taking something as simple and pure as hummus and making it shelf stable doesn’t sound much like the healthy snack we have come to enjoy.
While the temptation of pre-packaged hummus will always be upon us, take comfort in the fact the freezing homemade hummus, that you control the ingredients of, can give you the healthiest and most delicious option; no additives needed! Do you have a favorite hummus recipe of tip for storing it better than the manufacturers? Share it with us in the comment section bellow!