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Can you freeze hummus and keep it fresh?

If you’re a spicy hummus fan and have leftover hummer at your house, you’re probably wondering, can you freeze hummus? Yes, you can absolutely freeze hummus and here you will learn exactly how to do it properly.

Good news! Freezing hummus isn’t difficult to do BUT there are a few tricks that will make it a much better experience. 

This dip, which people believe originated from Egypt, is one-of-a-kind. Commonly paired with pita bread, it is not only healthy, but it tastes amazing as well. 

It’s a chickpea-based mixture, but because of its unique combination of flavors, it goes well with a variety of dishes.

Because you obviously don’t want this snack to go to waste, here’s what you need to know.

Can You Freeze Hummus?

Can hummus be frozen? The short answer is definitely yes. The longer answer is that you’ll have to make sure you store it properly because once opened, it won’t last more than a week in your fridge. But you can freeze it for longer in your freezer with some simple precautions.

How to freeze hummus

Step 1: Pick your container.
Before you even get started freezing your hummus I advise you to analyze the container that you plan to use. Is it compatible with freezers?

Many containers end up cracking or splitting under intense cold temperatures. You don’t want to destroy your hummus by accident. 

So be certain that your container is freezer friendly and will not allow any air to reach the hummus inside. 

Step 2: Add the hummus to the container.
This step seems obvious at first but this is your most important step. Only fill the container partly.  Stop at three-quarters of the way full. 

If you fill it to the top, it won’t give the hummus any room to expand as it freezes. This will also make it easier to thaw the hummus. 

Step 3: Add olive oil.
Next, you should pour some olive oil over the hummus once you’re done transferring it to the container. This is because your hummus may become dry and brittle in the freezer over time, and olive oil helps retain its texture.

Step 4: Place it in the freezer.
Place it towards the back of the freezer at first. This will allow it to get a fast and solid freeze. After that, you can move it around in the freezer to create space as needed.

You can freeze hummus for quite a few months, but once you’ve taken it out of the freezer, try to consume it within the next week, or it will go bad.

How to defrost hummus

Step 1: Remove the hummus from the freezer and place it directly into the refrigerator.
In order to thaw the hummus, you’ll have to first transfer it from the freezer to the fridge and leave it there overnight, or for at least a few hours. Taking it directly from the freezer and putting it in room temperature will cause condensation and ruin the taste.

Step 2: Stir the hummus prior to serving.
Once it has thawed, you’ll have to blend it again, even if it’s with a spoon. Sitting in the freezer will have separated the liquid from the semi-liquid ingredients, you should have to mix them back together again.

This will help bring back the texture and the original taste of the hummus.

How do you know when hummus has gone bad?

The most basic way to check for spoiled hummus is to give it a sniff. If it smells like it has soured, don’t bother tasting it. Chances are that it has gone bad. 

Hummus usually doesn’t have a strong scent or aroma, so if your hummus smells, then that means one of the ingredients is no longer safe to consume.

If you’re not planning on freezing your hummus, don’t keep it around for longer than a week after you’ve opened the package. Even with the preservatives, it doesn’t last longer than 6-8 days after opening when left in the fridge.

How Long Will Hummus Last in the Freezer?

Did you know hummus can last up to four months in a freezer? That’s great news if you’re a hoarder and love stocking up. However, if you’re a huge hummus fan, you’ll notice that its flavor and texture will change the longer it has been frozen, which can throw its flavor off.

Tips and Tricks

  • One important trick to freezing hummus is to freeze it in small quantities. The more you freeze in one batch, the longer it takes to thaw, and it also creates a risk of cracking the container and ruining all the hummus you’ve so painstakingly frozen.
  • Remember to add oil to the top of the hummus before sealing the container—it won’t mess with the taste and will help with the texture.
  • Did you know that you can use hummus as a spread instead of a dip as well? Just spread it all over your sourdough bread and have it for breakfast—it’s efficient and healthy at the same time.
  • You can use hummus as a salad dressing too, or as an extra flavor to a chicken-based dish.
  • For some amazing recipes for hummus and some more ideas for how to serve it, check out the options mentioned in this blog.

Final Words

Hummus is a healthy snack that you can either buy from the store or make it on your own. As long as you know the drill for storage, you can enjoy this treat for months to come!

How to freeze hummus

How to freeze hummus

This is our easy to do step-by-step on freezing hummus. Our tips will keep hummus fresh.

Ingredients

  • Hummus
  • Freezer
  • Container
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Fill the container partly with the hummus. If you fill it to the top, it won’t give the hummus any room to expand as it freezes. It also makes it easier to thaw.
  2. Pour some olive oil over the hummus once you’re done transferring it to the container to retain its texture. 
  3. Then, put the container into the freezer.

Notes

  1. One important trick to freezing hummus is to freeze it in small quantities. The more you freeze in one batch, the longer it takes to thaw, and it also creates a risk of cracking the container.
  2. Remember to add oil to the top of the hummus before sealing the container—it won’t mess with the taste and will help with the texture.
  3. Make sure that the container you’re using is compatible with freezers. Many containers end up cracking or splitting under the intense cold temperatures.
  4. You can freeze hummus for quite a few months, but once you’ve taken it out of the freezer, try to consume it within the next week, or it will go bad.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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