How Long Does Hummus Last? The Amazing Answer And More
How long does hummus last? What is its shelf life when stored in the fridge and freezer? All these questions and a lot more will be answered in this article.
Whether homemade or packaged, your hummus can go bad if not stored properly. I’ve had several bad experiences of having a ton of homemade hummus going bad on me and because of those experiences, I swore to myself that I’ll never waste any of it more. If you’re interested in knowing the exact shelf life of hummus, keep on reading the article below.
What Is Hummus?
Hummus is a creamy dip mainly made from mashed chickpeas. This thick spread has long been enjoyed by people in the Middle East and North Africa. Now, it has become popular worldwide, especially for vegetarians, as it is a good source of plant-based protein.
Chickpeas are also known to neutralize cholesterol levels, lower the risk of hypertension, and prevent cardiovascular disease. Also, these chickpeas can be a good source of fiber to promote healthy digestion. The garlic and olive oil added to hummus is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits to lower the risk of arthritis and other diseases.
Now, How Long Does Hummus Last?
The shelf life of hummus may rely on several factors, such as storage method, best by date, and the preparation process. According to Eat By Date, unopened packaged hummus can last in the refrigerator past its best by date for 3-10 days, while unopened homemade hummus lasts have a shorter shelf life and can only last for a day or two.
When stored in the freezer, hummus can last longer of about 6-8 months. For an opened package of hummus, it can last in the refrigerator about 4-6 days while the opened homemade hummus lasts for 3-5 days.
What Are The Signs That The Hummus Has Gone Bad?
Like any other dips and spread, hummus can go bad. You can tell that the hummus has gone bad if the smell has turned sour. Obviously, if it does smell sour, don’t bother tasting because chances are the taste will be sour as well anyway.
A change in color is a one of the few visual signs that your hummus has gone bad. Spoiled hummus may start to appear dark and develop some molds. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to discard it right away rather than putting your health at risk when you consume it.
What Is The Proper Way Of Storing Hummus?
Storing In The Fridge
You can keep the hummus fresh for a longer amount of time by storing it in the refrigerator or freezer. Store the hummus in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator but away from the door as much as possible.
Try to store it farther in as these portions of your fridge tends to be cooler and basically less affected by the constant opening and closing of the fridge. This will keep consistent temperature all throughout.
If you’ll be scooping hummus from the refrigerated hummus, make sure that you always use clean and fresh utensils to avoid any cross contamination. Avoid dipping your food directly into the refrigerated hummus. Instead, scoop a little on a serving plate.
Storing In The Freezer
After the hummus has been opened, try covering the surface with a plastic wrap. Press the plastic down to protect the hummus from getting oxidized. Seal the container and keep it in the refrigerator.
To freeze the hummus, store it in an airtight container. Don’t fill the hummus up to the rim because it tends to expand as it freezes, hence, leave a little space just below the rim. You can pour a bit of olive oil on top to keep the hummus from losing its moisture.
If you want to use the frozen hummus, thaw it by transferring the container to the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, give the hummus a little stir to unite the separated oil and solids. Taste it and if it loses a bit of its flavor, add some spices, like minced garlic or fresh onions.
A Recipe For Homemade Hummus
It’s convenient to purchase a packaged hummus in the supermarkets, but nothing beats the natural goodness of a homemade hummus. You might be surprised how easy it is to make your own at home.
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 4 tablespoons tahini or ground sesame seeds
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
To make, just place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Next, whirl the mixture until smooth.
How long does hummus last? Well, it can last in the refrigerator 3-5 days. While an unopened package of hummus may last 3-10 days in the fridge, but can last 4-6 days once opened. You can freeze the unopened hummus for 6-8 months. Make sure to check for any signs of spoilage before you consume it.
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