Can You Freeze Hummus – How to Freeze Hummus

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Can you freeze hummusThe Mediterranean-inspired flavor of hummus makes it a versatile condiment with many uses.  Made of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic, this delectable spread can be used as a condiment on sandwiches or as a dip for roasted pita chips, crackers, or vegetables.

Hummus is full of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and minerals but it is low in both sodium and cholesterol making it a great alternative to higher fat dips and spreads.  You can buy hummus or make it yourself.

Hummus is one food item I try to never run out of.  Its just so popular with everyone in my family and I feel really good about dishing it out for snacks.  I love to make my own homemade hummus because then I know its free from weird preservatives.  Homemade hummus however needs to be eaten pretty quickly as it doesn’t stay fresh for very long in the refrigerator.

 Can You Freeze Hummus?

I solve my homemade hummus problem by making extra and popping it in the freezer.  It will saves time and money and the I know I can always have hummus on hand when needed.

How To Freeze Hummus

Make sure you freeze your portions in small serving sizes so that you can use the amount that you thaw.  Once it is thawed you will not want to refreeze it.

To freeze your hummus spoon it into an airtight container that is freezer-safe.  An airtight seal is important to keep hummus tasting good after it has been frozen.  Hummus will expand when it is frozen so you want to fill the container close to the top but leave a little bit of room for expansion.

Once the container is filled (with a little room at the top), pour a small amount of olive oil over the surface of the hummus.  This will form a seal that ensures the hummus will not lose its moisture in the freezer.  You only need to use enough oil to have a thin layer on top.  Put the lid on tightly and put it into the freezer.

Hummus will take several hours to thaw so place a container in the fridge the night before you plan to use it.  Oil in the hummus will separate from the solids so once it is thawed, stir the hummus before you use it.

If you find it has lost some of its flavor, add a little extra spice or some minced onion or garlic to spruce it up.  Some brands will freeze better than others so if you find it is a little flakey you can add a little olive oil to fix the consistency.

How To Thaw Hummus

To thaw hummus simply remove the amount you will eat from the freezer and pop it into the refrigerator.  You should not refreeze hummus once frozen so only thaw the amount you will use.

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