How long can you eat hummus after the expiration date?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you eat hummus after the expiration date?”, and how to safely store hummus?

How long can you eat hummus after the expiration date?

Hummus does not come with an expiration date. Instead, it is printed with either a best-by date (in case of shelf-stable variety) or use-by date (in case of the refrigerated variety). 

Both of these dates have nothing to do with the safety of the hummus. If stored correctly, hummus lasts quite long after the printed date. 

The shelf-stable or the unrefrigerated variety of hummus stays good for 1 month past the printed date if it is unopened. 

The refrigerated variety stays good for 5-7 days past this date, if unopened. But the homemade variety won’t last long and must be consumed within 1-2 days past the expiry. 

Once opened, both the shelf-stable and the refrigerated variety are best consumed within 7 days. Consuming expired hummus won’t necessarily harm you but eating spoiled hummus will lead to food poisoning. 

The shelf-life of hummus 

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of homemade and commercially packaged hummus under different storage conditions. 

Unopened In the fridgeIn the freezer 
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date 
Packaged hummus 3-10 days 6-8 months 
Homemade hummus 3-5 days 6-8 months 
Opened In the fridgeIn the freezer
Packaged hummus4-6 days 
Homemade hummus3-5 days 

How to store hummus?

Hummus comes in two forms; unrefrigerated and refrigerated. The unrefrigerated type has separate tahini and chickpea puree and it requires to be stirred into hummus before eating. Besides, canned hummus is also sold unrefrigerated. 

Unrefrigerated hummus 

An unopened container of unrefrigerated hummus can be stored in the pantry or the kitchen cabinet. 

The rule of thumb is to keep it somewhere dry, cool, and dark, away from sources of heat like direct sunlight and the stovetop.

Once opened, it must be kept in the fridge. If the original container is not air-tight, transfer its contents to a good quality air-tight container. 

Refrigerated hummus 

The hummus that is sold refrigerated should always sit in the fridge, whether opened or not. 

Refrain from dipping food, dirty spoons, or your fingers into the hummus if it is to be stored for longer. This doesn’t apply if you finish the hummus in one sitting of course. 

Always use clean spoons to scoop out hummus. Make sure to tightly seal the container in between uses.

Homemade hummus

Just like the hummus that is sold refrigerated, homemade hummus also requires continuous refrigeration. Homemade hummus has a shorter shelf-life than commercially packaged hummus due to the lack of preservatives. 

Can you freeze hummus?

Yes, you can freeze hummus. How well the hummus freezes depends and varies from brand to brand. 

You can either freeze the hummus in small shallow containers or ice cube trays. Leave the frozen hummus in the fridge overnight to let it thaw. Thawing will result in some separation on top. Stir the defrosted hummus until homogenous. 

How to tell if the hummus has gone bad?

Always inspect the hummus for spoilage before eating. Your senses are the best judge in this case. Note that separation is natural and is not a sign of spoilage.

It often results in dips with no stabilizers and results when the dip has been sitting for too long. However, do not risk it if there is excessive oil separation on top and sediment at the bottom. 

Appearance: The presence of discolored patches or spots is a sign of mold. If you notice any, get rid of the hummus.

Smell: A bad-smelling hummus won’t go unnoticed. If it smells sour, moldy, or just strange, it is done for.

Taste: Lick a small amount of hummus. Your taste buds will let you know if the dip is worth keeping or not. A sour-tasting hummus belongs in the bin. 

How long can hummus sit out?

Hummus is a perishable food commodity and must not be left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature and 1 hour if the temperature is above 90°F (or 32°C), according to the USDA. 

Leaving the perishables at room temperature puts them at greater risk of developing bacteria. These bacteria shorten the shelf-life of the food while also threatening its safety. 

You might be able to save an unopened tub of hummus sitting out for 3 hours. But always inspect your hummus for spoilage before eating. 

Conclusion

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you eat hummus after the expiration date?”, and how to safely store hummus?

References

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