Whether you’ve made your own, bought some from the shop or have been gifted some – there’s only so much hummus you can eat so what do you do with the leftovers? Are they destined for the bin or can you freeze hummus successfully?
Hummus can be frozen for up to 4 months. To freeze hummus, you should portion it out into freezer-safe containers before sealing airtight and placing it in the freezer.
Can You Refreeze Hummus? No
Does Hummus Freeze Well? Sometimes
How to Freeze Hummus
So you’ve got your hummus made? Now it’s time to freeze it!
- Prepare Containers
Grab a few containers that are roughly the size of a portion you would normally eat. This will make it far easier to defrost the correct amount when you fancy some hummus.
- Portion Out
Fill your container with hummus – only fill it around 75% of the way. You want to leave a little bit of room for your hummus to expand as it freezes.
- Seal Place the lid on the container, ensuring it is airtight. If you want to give it an extra seal then place a thin layer of olive oil over the top of your hummus. If you’re concerned it is not airtight then wrap a layer of clingfilm around the container.
Now all you need to do is label them up with the contents and the date they need to be consumed. You can then place them in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Hummus Variations?
Well, the good news is that you can use the exact method we have used above for freezing your hummus, regardless of what it is made of.
The most vital thing to remember is that you need to keep as much air out of the container and away from your hummus as possible. If you can do that, and you can use it within 4 months or so then you’ll have delicious hummus straight from your freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Hummus
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing hummus to have the best results:
Use Suitable Containers
Consider how much hummus you consume in a sitting and freeze it in portions of that size. This will help prevent any unwanted waste down the line and makes it far easier to thaw one portion at a time.
Leave Room for Expansion
Hummus will expand a little as it freezes so do not fill containers to the brim. Instead, ensure you leave room for any expansion. Filling containers 75% of the way with hummus is what we recommend.
Stir After Thawing
Once thawed, you’ll find hummus can become split. All you need to do is give it a quick but vigorous stir to incorporate any split oils and it will be fine. Do not throw it away!
How Long Can You Freeze Hummus?
Hummus can be frozen for about four to six months, however – somewhere around the four-month mark, the hummus will slowly start to take on a bitter taste, and the oils will begin to separate, so it’s best to not leave it in for too long.
This can cause the hummus to lose its creamy texture and become somewhat grainy.
As with all frozen products, we highly recommend labelling up the box with the contents and the date it needs to be consumed so you can avoid any unnecessary future wastage.
You Can Freeze Hummus for up to 4 Months
How Do You Defrost Hummus?
It is best to thaw your hummus in the fridge and leave it overnight before using it. Once your hummus is thawed, it can be left in the fridge for another three or four days.
When thawing your hummus, there is quite a high chance that some of the oil will separate from the rest of the hummus. This is not a cause of concern so don’t throw it in the bin. Instead, just give it a good stir to incorporate the oil back into the body of the hummus.
Can You Refreeze Hummus?
Over time, hummus will become separated and can dry out when frozen. If you refreeze hummus, you can actually speed up the rate at which it dries out. That is why it’s a good idea to avoid refreezing it if possible.
Although it is safe to refreeze hummus, it’s not something we would recommend.
Does Hummus Freeze Well?
Initially, there will be no difference between fresh and frozen hummus, but as time goes on even frozen hummus starts to slightly separate and dry out. Most of the time, this process is very slow and gradual during the initial four months.
But then it rapidly goes downhill. After one or two further months in the freezer, your hummus will go rancid and you will need to throw it out.
Hummus frozen in larger batches has an even shorter lifespan – two to four months. Thus, for best flavour and texture – defrost and use your hummus within the first two or three months after freezing it.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing hummus or hummus in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Store-Bought Hummus?
You certainly can – but only if you haven’t opened it and broken the seal. When it comes to freezing most things, it’s all about getting an airtight seal. Once you’ve opened the container, you’re unlikely to get a good seal back.
If you have opened your shop-bought hummus, just transfer it to a freezer-safe container to store it.
Can You Freeze Avocado Hummus?
Can You Freeze Organic Hummus?
In terms of freezing, there is no difference between freezing either organic or non-organic hummus. The advantage, of course, with organic hummus, is that there are fewer chemicals and ingredients to mess around with your hummus when it is freezing.
That’s why we’d actually recommend making your own so you know exactly what has gone into your hummus. The problem with a lot of store-bought varieties is that they will contain preservatives that you won’t ever use at home.
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