Great news! You can absolutely freeze all your favorite homemade or store-bought hummus. Freezing hummus is easy and convenient. Let’s learn how.
Can you Freeze Hummus?
Yes, you can! And it’s super easy to do. Freezing hummus is perfect for all those bonus buy hummus stockpiles (who can resist a buy 1 get 1 deal?) or the “accidental” I made too much homemade hummus…again. We’ve all been there.
Lucky for us, hummus freezes incredibly well! Making it possible for us to enjoy this creamy Middle Eastern bean dip whenever we want!
How to Freeze Hummus
To freeze leftover homemade hummus from scratch, you’ll need a freezer-friendly container (or a few smaller ones if you’re freezing individual-sized portions). If you’ve never made your own hummus before, start with this classic hummus recipe. It’s creamy and tastes delicious with everything. This method will also work for store-bought hummus, so no need to feel like you have to cook your own.
Now that we have our hummus and freezer-friendly containers, let’s freeze some hummus.
- Divide hummus between airtight, freezer-safe containers.
- Leave space for the hummus to expand as it freezes.
- Optional – cover the surface of your hummus with a thin layer of good-quality olive oil – not too much, just enough to cover the surface. This helps prevent moisture loss when freezing.
- Label and transfer to the freezer. Freeze for up to 6 months. For best results, enjoy within 2-4 months.
Can you Freeze Hummus in Original Container?
Yes, you can freeze your store-bought hummus right in its original container. For best results, transfer the unopened, still-sealed container directly to the freezer. If you wish to freeze an already opened original hummus container, I recommend wrapping it in foil first before transferring to a freezer bag.
How to Thaw Hummus
When you are ready to enjoy, simply transfer the container to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight. Do not microwave from frozen. A few seconds in the microwave to warm your hummus is OK, but I would not recommend much longer than that.
Once your hummus has been thawed you may notice some liquid on the top. This is normal. It just means that your hummus has separated a little. All it needs is a good stir and you’re good to go.
Will it Taste the Same?
After freezing it is reasonable to expect a slight change in taste. This change isn’t bad, but perhaps a bit less fresh. You may also notice that your thawed hummus is less smooth and somewhat grainier.
For the best possible results,
- Freeze your hummus when it’s fresh. The sooner you freeze your hummus, the better it will taste once it’s thawed.
- Enjoy within 2-4 months after freezing.
- Re-process your hummus in the food processor or blender, adding additional water or tahini as needed.
- Garnish after thawing. Top your thawed hummus with some fresh parsley, a little drizzle of olive oil, a dash of paprika, or pine nuts.
Delicious Hummus Recipes to Try
Have you tried freezing hummus? Please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.