Kitchen Tips: How To Store Hummus
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Hummus is a simple and healthy combination of chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and sea salt. However, lately, the demand has seen a plethora of exciting new flavours coming in, which both suits the dip to many different palates and allow for versatility of use in unexpected ways. Hummus has found its way into a variety of recipes, including pasta, tacos, egg salads, nutrition bowls, baked goods, and comfort foods like cauliflower wings and mac 'n' cheese, in addition to its traditional role as a tasty dip for pita or veggies. With the revival of healthy eating and active lifestyles, it's no surprise that such a simple and nutritious dip has become a go-to in the refrigerators of the health-conscious. Many of us are looking for practical solutions to common problems, such as preservation, due to the widespread increase in consumption of our favourite dip. If you find yourself with an abundance of extra dip on hand, or if you're going away for a few days, don't worry - hummus freezes well if you know a few insider secrets. Simply following these simple steps will allow you to freeze hummus like a pro.

How To Freeze Hummus

1 . Use a Freezer-Safe Container: To store hummus in the freezer, use a freezer-safe container, and make sure the seal is airtight. Any air loss can make other freezer aromas flavour-contaminate your food. You can put as much dip in the container as you desire, but leave a small space at the top because it expands as it freezes. For the food to thaw more quickly and uniformly when you transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator, try not to freeze more than 12 ounces (approx 350g) at a time in a single container.

2. Preserve Moisture: Drizzle a little coating of olive oil over the hummus. Use moderate amounts—you don't want the dip to be overly oily when you defrost it again! Since olive oil is already a component of hummus, this is a fantastic tip to minimise moisture loss when freezing it. It won't affect the flavour either.

3. Freeze Maximum For 4 Months: You may freeze hummus for up to four months. The shorter time it spends in the freezer, the better, as prolonged freezing can harm the flavour and texture of the food. Furthermore, who could let hummus freeze for that long without taking it out and eating it?

4. Prepare for Thawing: Transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator the day before you plan to eat it. You shouldn't freeze hummus in large batches because it takes at least a few hours to defrost before it's ready to consume, and it may take longer depending on how much is frozen in the container.

5. Stir the Dip: After it has thawed, stir the dip! A thorough stirring can assist to restore texture and uniform flavour because freezing hummus can cause the oils and solids to separate.

Can hummus be frozen? This often-asked question has an easy solution: Just follow these straightforward instructions for your next hummus freeze. You may freeze store-bought hummus without fear with little effort and a basic grasp of mistakes to avoid and return to a delight that is just as good as when you left.