How to Store Hummus

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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.

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.

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.

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.