How fast does hummus go bad?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how fast does hummus go bad” with an in-depth analysis of the time it takes for hummus to spoil and different ways to spot bad hummus. Moreover, we are going to discuss the health implications of eating bad hummus.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How fast does hummus go bad?

Hummus which is sold unrefrigerated lasts for about 4-7 days after opening when stored in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in an air-tight container. It is the pasteurized hummus.

On the other hand, the unopened package of hummus that is sold unrefrigerated lasts for about 1-3 months past the “best by” date written on it if stored properly in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

Hummus that is sold refrigerated, once it gets opened it lasts for about 4-7 days when stored in the fridge at or below  40 degrees Fahrenheit in an air-tight container.

On the other hand, the unopened hummus that is sold refrigerated lasts for about 3-7 days past the “use by” date when stored in the fridge properly at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Last but not least, homemade hummus lasts for about 4-5 days when stored properly in the fridge in an air-tight container at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of the hummus and you should do a sensory evaluation of the hummus to reach a final verdict on whether or not it is still suitable to consume.

There are a couple of indicators that point out spoiled hummus. You should consider the appearance, texture, and smell of hummus to reach a  final verdict on whether or not it has gone bad.

Appearance

If you spot a mold or other organic growth on your hummus then it means that your hummus has gone bad and the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of it.

It is worth mentioning that you should refrain from smelling hummus that has molds on it as molds can produce mycotoxins that if they enter your body even via inhalation can disrupt your gut microflora thereby weakening your immune system.

Texture

If you notice that the oil has completely separated from the rest of the hummus and the texture of hummus has changed significantly then the best thing to do in this scenario is to get rid of such hummus.

Smell

If you smell off-smell (sour or something putrid) while taking a sniff test of your hummus then it is an indication of bad hummus and the best thing you can do is to get rid of it.

If microbes somehow found their way to your hummus and have spoiled it then the best thing you should do is to discard it.

Health implications of eating bad hummus?

Hummus that has gone bad contains bacteria mainly Salmonella and Listeria which can result in food poisoning.

So if you have devoured hummus that has gone bad, it can result in food poisoning that is characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, weakness, headaches, and dehydration.

A mild food poisoning lasts for about a day or two while a more persistent case of food poisoning can last for about 10 days.

Is store-bought hummus safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the package of store-bought hummus refers to the quality rather than safety so the hummus doesn’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. 

It is the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of hummus but you can still use hummus that is past this date as long as it was stored properly, there is no leakage in the packaging and no signs of spoilage are associated with it.

You can read how to make hummus here.

Tips to properly store hummus

  1. You can store your unopened store-bought hummus that is sold unrefrigerated, in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.
  1. In case you have opened the package of hummus sold unrefrigerated or if you have opened or unopened hummus that is sold refrigerated, then it is recommended to store it in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  1. Store your hummus in small batches in shallow containers.
  1. You should not leave your store-bought opened hummus or homemade hummus for more than 2 hours at room temperature. Bacteria grow at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit and if you have left your hummus at room temperature for more than 2 hours there are chances that it would already have been contaminated with the bacteria.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how fast does hummus go bad” with an in-depth analysis of the time it takes for hummus to spoil and different ways to spot bad hummus. Moreover, we discussed the health implications of eating bad hummus.

Citations

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https://www.doesitgobad.com/does-hummus-go-bad/
https://hopefoods.com/blog/how-long-does-hummus-last-what-you-need-to-know
https://hopefoods.com/blog/how-long-does-hummus-last-what-you-need-to-know

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.