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grandelatte Jun 23, 2010 09:51 AM

Does anyone know if you should/shouldn't remove clear skin from canned chickpeas when using for hummus.... noticed some came off while rinsing??

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    Val Jun 23, 2010 03:34 PM

    I have heard of doing this for a health condition...one of my coworkers' spouses had colitis and the only way he could eat hummus was without the skins per doctor's orders....she painstakenly would remove the skins and make the hummus for him, truly a labor of love. Removing the skins seems to remove the fiber so I don't think I'll be doing that ... I WANT the fiber! But, it's good to know about, I guess.

    1. iL Divo Jun 23, 2010 12:28 PM

      ..............never thought of such a thing, love hummus, love garbanzos

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        small h Jun 23, 2010 11:48 AM

        I started this thread:


        and experimented with some of the suggestions. I was most successful using dried chickpeas, and skinning them, and then straining the hummus through a sieve. Yes, it's a major pain in the ass, and probably not worth it unless you set your hummus standards very high. But you will get a significantly better result. Are you the sort of person that does that egg white raft thing for your homemade stock? Then this method may be for you.

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        1. re: small h
          bushwickgirl Jun 23, 2010 12:05 PM

          I like your comment about the time it took gave you a "chance to reflect on my oneness with the universe." As a person who does the egg white raft thing for stock with pleasurable abandon, I may try your technique if for that experience only.

          Sieve = food mill or ricer?

          1. re: bushwickgirl
            small h Jun 23, 2010 03:53 PM

            Actual sieve (really, just a strainer). As in me mashing and scraping the damned things through with a wooden spoon. I have a ricer, but it was not up to the task. I suggest you try it once. You'll definitely notice a difference. Whether or not you think that difference warrants the extra effort is another matter. I think it does, but heaven knows I cut corners in plenty of other areas.

            1. re: bushwickgirl
              tullius Jun 23, 2010 07:49 PM

              What is the egg white raft thing? I did a search but couldn't find it. I make stock regularly & its good I probably don't need to add an extra, presumably time consuming step-but....I gotta know!

              1. re: tullius
                bushwickgirl Jun 23, 2010 09:01 PM

                At the risk of going off topic, it's a process for clarifying stock used mostly for crystal clear consomme. Google it as you may not specifically find a thread dedicated to the process here at chow; but there are many, many stock making threads, and it would be very tedious (but very educational) to read through them all.

                Here's a info link for the basic technique:


                small_h, ok, back to hummus, and I guess I'm willing to try this. In giving hummus some thought this evening, I realized I like the rather coarse texture. Back in the day before food processors, I remember making hummus once by pushing the very soft chick peas through a medium chinois with a large pestle, a sort of erzatz food mill affair, but don't remember the resulting texture. I'll have to give chick pea peeling next time I make it. Maybe I can get mrbushy to do it...


                1. re: bushwickgirl
                  iL Divo Jun 24, 2010 08:10 AM

                  now you're talkin my language. I have 3 chinois and a huge mallet or whatever that pointy round wooden thing is called and 3 food mills also, MIL loved them so I figured if they're good enough for her kitchen, I need "some" too.

                  1. re: bushwickgirl
                    tullius Jun 24, 2010 08:29 AM


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                      small h Jun 24, 2010 08:32 AM

                      I was just eying a chinois yesterday, and then I got hold of myself and bought the item I was actually in the store to buy - a new vegetable steamer to replace the one that mysteriously lost a leg (how does this happen?). One day, though. They seem very useful.

                      1. re: small h
                        bushwickgirl Jun 24, 2010 01:00 PM

                        They are, and once you have one, you'll find many things to do with it. Get a proper pestle or muddler to fit, they are long, tapered into a cone shape, usually wooden, and can rotate around inside of the chinois, no pushing with a spoon. There are few different varieties of chinoises, fine and medium-fine wire mesh; medium and large hole perforated strainers are referred to as China caps rather than chinois; they are cousins in the culinary world.


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                cheesecake17 Jun 23, 2010 11:30 AM

                Lots of people claim removing the skins makes for a smoother hummus.

                Personally, I couldn't be bothered.

                I do use a splash or two of the liquid in the can when I blend my hummus.

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                  sonia darrow Jun 23, 2010 11:28 AM

                  This is discussed at length here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3168...

                  I tried removing them the last time I made hummus but it still came out rather grainy. I suspect my tiny, weak food processor is to blame.

                  1. yumyum Jun 23, 2010 10:42 AM

                    Post this on "home cooking" board and you'll get lots of spirited opinions, I'm sure.

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                    1. re: yumyum
                      bushwickgirl Jun 23, 2010 11:36 AM

                      There's no way I would spend any time removing the skins from garbanzos, canned or otherwise. I'm just not that anal. My hummus is creamy regardless.

                      IIRC, the virtures of garbanzo skin removal has been discussed at least a few times in the many chick pea threads and the technique has it's fans:


                    2. a.bot Jun 23, 2010 10:26 AM

                      I had a friend who *swears* that her hummus is creamy because she takes the skin off the garbanzo beans. I think she's nuts.

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