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Apr 14, 2008 02:36 PM

Hummus at Sunterra Food Market

What makes this hummus so light and airy? There's no ingredients on the container. Edmonton/Calgary

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  1. They might whip it with a mixmaster, like whipped butter. It's a good way for a company to increase the volume of the product and sell you more air.

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    1. re: Bryn

      I find when I make my own the more olive oil I add the smoother & lighter it gets. And yes whipping it helps too.

      1. re: cleopatra999

        Hmmm- never add olive oil here- chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, maybe a little salt. Olive oil goes in top for serving with a little grated parsley. You add it while it's blending? Is that a Greek version?

        1. re: John Manzo

          It might be a Greek thing. The recipe for hummus that I got from a Greek friend's mother contains chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. No tahini, though.

        2. re: cleopatra999

          The olive oil emulsifies with the lemon juice in corporating air into the emulsion thus fluffier.

          1. re: Bryn

            kind of a mayonnaise then- but is this authentic? Like I say I never add olive oil except as "garnish"

            1. re: John Manzo

              I don't know if it is authentic? I know I prefer it. most of the recipes I have used call for about 1/4 cup of olive oil. yes I add it while blending. I have seen recipes that add some of the chickpea liquid as well, for making it smooth.

              1. re: cleopatra999

                this must be why my hummous is always like concrete :)

      2. The olive oil must be the trick. I always make Mary Salloum's recipe (Cedar's Deli) and it doesn't have olive oil, just tahini, lemon juice, garlic and chick peas and adding back some of the liquid if it is too dry. But I never get the fluffy hummous I get when I eat out. Wouldn't the tahini help emulsify? Maybe it just needs more beating.

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        1. re: sarah galvin

          It's not high enough in liquid fat I don't think.

        2. I added 1/4 cup of olive oil to the my homemade hummus and it was smooth but heavy. I don't think it's the olive oil.

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          1. re: sleepycat

            i have not had the hummus from Sunterra, but you have me curious now. I wonder if they add a dairy or some kind like yogurt?

            have you tried asking them?

            1. re: cleopatra999

              I've actually had hummous without tahini before, and find it much lighter than ones with tahini. I also always make my hummous by reducing the amount of EVOO by about 2/3's - which seems to make it a bit lighter. You might want to try that as well.

              Hope one of these work for you.

              1. re: yen

                I've had the hummus from sunterra twice. Once was a while ago and I found it to be way too thick, the kind of thick that snaps whatever you're trying to dip into it.

                I just recently had it a month ago and I loved it! Loved the texture, still a great mouthful with that smooth chunkiness, but definitely has this lightness to it that I love.

              2. re: cleopatra999

                ah yes that wld b 2 easy... I guess I'll them next time lol

            2. I haven't had the Sunterra hummus but I have made it with and without olive oil, and w & w/o tahini. If I had to guess the lightness was due to it being left in the food processor longer than usual...least that seems to be what happens to mine when I get distracted. :)

              1. I love Sunterra hummus dip. I am trying to replicate it however the ingredients you all mentioned I thought one was missing. I taste a hint of cumin. Does anyone else taste this ingredient?

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                1. re: nesha

                  It could be mint. I kept trying differnet receipes until i found one that was really authentic tasting.