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May 7, 2007 01:19 PM

Should I make extra hummus to freeze?

Making hummus today. Is it any good after it has been frozen? Or do people really stick to just making it fresh?

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  1. It's really easy to make, so I always do it fresh, but I have froze it before without a problem.

    1. I don't know if this is normal - but when i froze mine it did not "come back." when it was unfrozen it was completely watery and i drained the water and it got watery again.

      1. This is one of those recipes that I would absolutely not freeze...Hummus needs to be fresh to be at its best...It's easy to whip up, so I would just do it as needed...I feel like the consistency would definitely suffer as would the "fresh" taste of it

        1. I found that one can of chickpeas made too much hummus for me to use fresh, so I've taken to freezing half a can. The peas freeze better than the hummus.

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          1. re: heatherkay

            Freezing hummus isn't the thing to do. What if you just plan on making hummus with some of the chickpeas, then doing something else with the rest in the next 4 or 5 days? Chickpea salad, or chickpea and bulgar pilaf, perhaps?
            Since it's 2 of us now, not 3, we can't eat 3 or 4 cups of hummus before it gets tired. We just use the rest of the beans in another dish. Can't recommend freezing any of it.

            1. re: zataar

              No -- I wouldn't freeze hummus. I freeze the leftover peas. I've found that the bad texture of the defrosted peas doesn't really affect the quality of the hummus.

          2. yes, you can absolutely freeze hummus - my family has been doing it for years - this was / is a staple in my house. just make it and freeze, or buy it and freeze. i wouldn't keep it for longer that a few months -- everything tastes better the sooner you use it.

            as far as the liquid that one person mentioned, its just the ingredients separating, a day or two before you want to use it, just put it in the fridge, and before serving - give it a good stir. add some fresh olive oil, cumin, finely chopped red onion, or sliced black olives to the top and you're ready to go.

            i think i have two small containers in my freezer as we speak :)