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How long will hummus keep in the refrigerator?

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Commercially packaged hummus lasts about 3 to 10 days past the best-by date on the packaging. If already opened, the package should last between 4 and 6 days past the best-by date.

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Made from a mix of chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt and tahini, hummus is a hearty, protein-rich dip. It is considered very healthy, despite the fat and calorie content, as it also forms a complete amino acid when served with pita chips.

Because hummus contains a lot of protein and fats, commercially packaged containers usually feature a best-by date, instead of an expiration date. The best-by date is an indicator of when the food product still retains its best flavors and quality. So, it is possible to still be good and usable past this date. If kept frozen, packaged hummus can last from 6 to 8 months past the best-by date.

Any homemade hummus will have a shorter lifespan of about 3 to 5 days, because it doesn't contain added preservatives

Fresh hummus should have little smell, except for maybe garlic or cilantro. It should taste smooth and creamy, with a tangy or lemony flavor. If the hummus seems sour, rancid or is growing mold, do not eat it.

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