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How to Store Hummus

Updated April 17, 2017

Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern food made from mashed chickpeas and a variety of seasonings. Whether you are making your own batch at home or purchasing it at a store, it is important to know the best ways to preserve it. Properly stored hummus can be used as a refreshing dip or sandwich spread.

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  1. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and place it in a refrigerator. The spread should be good for up to three weeks when preserved in this way. Hummus tastes freshest if eaten immediately after making it, but it will maintain a fresh taste if you store it in this way.

  2. Scoop homemade hummus into an airtight container and freeze for a longer shelf life. Be sure to leave an inch of space between the hummus and the top of the container, as the spread tends to expand when frozen. Be aware that freezing hummus may alter its smooth texture. Even when freezing, hummus should be defrosted and eaten within a month for maximum freshness.

  3. Check the ingredients on hummus you purchase at the store for preservative information. In order to give hummus a longer shelf life, some companies will add preservatives to the ingredients, such as citric acid, benzene, and sodium benzoate. While these ingredients insure the hummus will remain fresh longer, you can avoid them completely by making your own hummus.

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Things You'll Need

  • Airtight container
  • Refrigerator or freezer

About the Author

Joelle Dedalus began writing professionally for websites such as PugetSoundMagazine.com in 2009. She received her B.A. in English education at Iowa State University and is currently a M.F.A. candidate in creative nonfiction writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she is developing a manuscript on literary travel. Her areas of expertise include travel and literature, the outdoors and the arts.

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