Can you freeze hummus? Many people who make their own homemade hummus tend to prepare more hummus than they’d be able to consume within a week or so. Or they would like to make a huge batch of it instead of making a small one every week. Others who buy hummus sometimes notice a great deal on it, but often they don’t really know whether stocking up on hummus makes sense. If you’re one of those people, or for any reason you’d like to know whether you can freeze hummus, the answer is affirmative. Hummus can be frozen and I’ll describe here how to do it.

Freezing hummus

There are few ways of freezing hummus, choose one that seems to be the best for you, depending on your needs. What’s common for all these methods is that hummus shouldn’t be frozen for more than a couple of months (half a year max) for quality reasons. Of course hummus won’t go bad in the freezer after this period of time, but its taste will deteriorate and you probably won’t be satisfied with it. Most people thaw hummus in the freezer. Put it there in the day before you want to use it and it’ll be thawed when you need it.

Bowl of hummus
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Freezing in the original container

This way, obviously, works only for store-bought hummus. You can simply take the original container while it’s still unopened and put it into the freezer and you’re done. As long as the container is unopened, it should be fine in the fridge because it’s sealed well. After you’ve opened it for the first time, it’s a good idea to wrap it with foil or put it into a freezer bag before putting into the freezer, especially if you’d like to store it there for an extended period of time.

Freezing in small portions

If you use only a small amount of hummus at a time, it’s better to freeze it in smaller portions. This way you’ll be able to thaw only as much of it as you need at a certain time. You can do that in at least two ways. First of them is by using a baking sheet – put a number of scoops of hummus on it, each one large enough for one serving, and put the baking sheet into the freezer to freeze the scoops. Once frozen, transfer them into an airtight container or a freezer bag, label it and put back into the freezer. The second way to do that is by freezing hummus in a series of small containers. Either way, you end up with small portions of hummus and you can easily thaw one, two, or all of them at a time.

Freezing in an airtight container

This one is quite easy. Transfer all your hummus into a lidded plastic container (make sure it’s an airtight one). Make sure you leave some headspace in the container, because hummus expands a little when frozen. One more thing – many people suggest that adding a tablespoon of olive oil at the top of the dip will help with maintaining texture while freezing and thawing, so it’s worth doing as well. If you plan to freeze it for a very long time, it’s a good idea to put the container into a freezer bag to reduce freezer burn.

After thawing hummus

Sometimes hummus separates, gets watery or loses its creamy texture after thawing, that’s perfectly normal. Just give it a good stir and it’ll (in most cases) be back to normal. If that doesn’t help, you can add a little olive oil and stir the dip once again. That should help.

The thing you need to know is that the consistency of the dip will probably be a little altered, even after stiring and adding some olive oil. That’s normal. These changes in consistency also vary depending on the manufacturer of it or proportions of ingredients used to make the hummus. So, if you’re not satisfied with the texture of hummus after thawing, consider trying another manufacturer or changing the recipe a little.

Once hummus is defrosted, you should consume it within 5 to 7 days. Make sure you won’t freeze the same hummus more than once. If you’ve found yourself with a too big portion thawed, consider freezing in small portions next time.

As you can see, hummus can be frozen in a few different ways. Pick one depending on your needs and test it out. If you won’t be satisfied with the results, check again what you can do after thawing hummus to make it a little better.