I was going to buy a container of hummous today and I noticed, for the first time, that it has kind of a short shelf life. The best before date on the containers was for about a month and a half from now. I'm a single person and don't consume it nearly that fast. I'm wondering if it can be kept for much longer than the best before date?
Depends on your normal attitude to best before dates, I guess.
A six week life sounds like a product with a lot of preservative in it, so you may be able to keep it for quite a while. The hummus I bought yesterday has a best before of 31/3 - it's never more than a few days.
not exactly what you asked but it's super easy to make so you could do small batches. combine in food processor rinsed canned chick peas, a clove of garlic, lemon juice (maybe a tblspn per cup of chick peas), tahini (also a tablspn per) (peanut butter will work but brings a sweeter flavor) and a good drizzle of olive oil.
I find that in general the best by dates tend to be fairly conservative, and you can keep going for a while after that.
However, a month and a half seems like a pretty long shelf life for hummus, as I wouldn't keep the fresh stuff for more than about a week.