Reasons to Not Eat Store
I am a huge fan of hummus — I think its a great snack and prefer my family munch on hummus than traditional dips. While it may be convenient to just buy ready made hummus at the store, there are several reasons why you should make it yourself instead of reaching into the cooler at the store. Plus, you can absolutely control everything in a recipe — make it lower in sodium, increase certain flavors, and even get creative (chocolate hummus, anyone)!
1. The Preservatives
Preservatives are used to extend the shelf life of a food product, allowing it to sit on the shelf for a longer period of time without spoiling. It’s great business sense, but who wants all those added ingredients that most people can’t even pronounce?
2. The Cost
Last time I checked, store bought hummus was 3.79 for 10 ounces of plain chickpea and tahini hummus. That is insane compared to the cost of making it at home. For about .68 cents, I can make 10 ounces of hummus at home and thats without buying ingredients in bulk. If you skip the canned chickpeas and boil your own, you can save even more. The sad truth is that the company you makes your hummus probably pays more for the plastic container it comes in than the ingredients to make 10 ounces of hummus.
3. The Lack of Hummus Variety
Did you know that hummus can be made literally hundreds of different ways? From tahini hummus to jalepeno hummus, there are endless varieties of hummus you can make in your very own kitchen. Buying hummus in the store limits you to trying five or six different flavors. Expand your palette and make it at home!
4. The Taste of Store Bought Hummus
Store bought hummus has an odd consistency and a bland flavor to me. Perhaps I have tried hummus that had seen too many days on the shelf, but it tasted boring and way too thick. If people are telling you that Middle Eastern restaurants buy cans of prepared hummus from distributors or shopping club warehouses, don’t believe the hype. I have never known a true Middle Eastern restaurant to serve hummus that wasn’t prepared in the kitchen. For one, it’s not cost effective. Secondly, it’s not authentic, even if the can has Arabic letters on it.
5. The Ingredients
Have you read the labels of store bought hummus lately? Canola oil? Last time I checked, I have never seen a Middle Eastern hummus recipe with canola oil. Why not use olive oil? It’s a staple in every hummus recipe and is a healthy oil!