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hummous question

ziggystardust Mar 28, 2010 02:21 PM

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?

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  1. Jennalynn RE: ziggystardust Mar 28, 2010 02:44 PM

    Yes. I've eaten it over a week past the date... even after opening it.

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      Harters RE: ziggystardust Mar 28, 2010 02:47 PM

      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.

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        appycamper RE: ziggystardust Mar 28, 2010 02:58 PM

        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.

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          Jennalynn RE: appycamper Mar 28, 2010 03:15 PM

          If you don't have tahini... use sesame oil. Gives you both the oil and the sesame flavor.

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            appycamper RE: Jennalynn Mar 28, 2010 04:52 PM

            cool! good idea.

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            Jetgirly RE: appycamper Mar 28, 2010 04:51 PM

            I used to make it like that, but now make a lower-fat version without the added olive oil and it's just as good! I sprinkle it with paprika before serving.

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              ziggystardust RE: appycamper Mar 28, 2010 07:06 PM

              That's a great idea, thanks!

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              tastesgoodwhatisit RE: ziggystardust Mar 29, 2010 02:12 AM

              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.

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