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#1 Old 01-29-2011, 10:06 PM
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I generally do not like store-bought hummus, but I would really like to get into it more, especially for lunches and whatnot. What are my options? I've tried a roasted garlic hummus and absolutely detested it. I don't want to run out and spend a bunch of money, so I'm hoping to get some ideas before I spend my cash.

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Make your own! Drain one 15 oz can of garbanzo beans, reserve the liquid. Add that to a blender or food processor with ~ 1/4 to 1/3 cup of tahini, juice of one lemon, 1-2 cloves of garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and a dash of salt. Process/blend, adding the reserved liquid until it reaches the texture you're looking for.

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Shop sales and use coupons, that's how I do it. My favorite hummus so far has been Sabra Pine Nut. I've tried others and they weren't all that great. You may be able to snag a small container for $2-3.
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sabra is amazing. I can't believe how smooth it is!

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That's a big thing for me too, many brands aren't smooth. Smooth is good.
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Sabra is good. I sometimes buy the little one serving cups of it that come with pretzels.

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If you ever make your own hummus, my recommendation is: do not just make a recipe that you see in a cookbook or a forum. Or, rather, you can take a recipe as a general starting point, but: only follow the recipe when determining the amount of chickpeas / garbanzo beans (and maybe garlic). After you have the chickpeas in a blender, gradually add whatever other ingredients you've picked out (such as tahini, lemon juice and spices), and taste the stuff all the time. For example, when I did the Veganomicon basic hummus recipe, I thought there was way too much tahini (it's possible I had a worse brand of tahini than ICM and HM have). And then I did a different recipe, and found there was way too much lemon juice. So what I should have done all along is add tahini and lemon juice only gradually since they have a very distinctive taste. What hummus you're going to like is so subjective that I think you need to find it out for yourself.

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I usually make my own hummus, but I love the Blue Moose brand roasted walnut and sundried tomato variety.

You can make hummus with pretty much any bean. I love black bean hummus and red lentil hummus.
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When I make hummus, I use Alton Brown's Turbo Hummus recipe. It substitutes tahini for peanut butter, which I prefer, but not everyone will.

Anything store-bought - I couldn't make a suggestion for, because it's not sold where I live.
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Yeah, I would go with make your own. I think a lot of people have trouble with the texture of hummus, or how oily it is, both of which you can control when you make it yourself.

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^I add chopped celery and Old Bay seasoning to this.
I've also tweaked it with the veganaise, added bread crumbs, more Old Bay, and sauteed as patties.

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I've moved away from store-bought hummus to better control fat and sodium. My advice is to buy dry chickpeas in bulk and master the ability to cook them. Cooking beans is a very practical skill anyway. Then the hummus experiments won't be so expensive.

Tahini is good, but not necessary. The taste and quality of tahini can vary a lot by manufacturer. I stay away from Joyva and Maranatha brands which are in major chain stores, and instead buy from middle eastern food stores. Their tahini is always white, mild and very creamy, unlike those other brands.

Some people make hummus with chickpea flour instead of beans, which is a good way to make the hummus very smooth... if that is an issue.

Once I figured out a basic hummus recipe I could live with, I used that as a starting point to create flavored hummus. Fresh basil hummus, sun dried tomato hummus, spicy hummus, curry hummus, ...

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Great Advice.
Hate to waste food. And you're right that the Tahini makes such a big difference.

Also I add Rene's 1/2 the fat Poppyseed Salad dressing. Smooth, quick and yummy. Plus sometimes I don't have other ingredients to add, so it's easy.
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The best "store bought" hummus imo is from middle eastern restaurants/bakeries/stores. I love Tribe's hummus. I haven't tried Sabra's yet because I'm too addicted to Tribe and their different flavors. I've also tried Wild Garden and Atheno's hummus and thought they were both disgusting.
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Homemade hummus is definitely the way to go. Homemade pates are really good, as well.

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I love how smooth and creamy a local Lebanese's store made is, but if I make my own, I really like this roasted red pepper one from all recipes: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spiced-...us/Detail.aspx

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<<<--- I'm another fan of Sabra brand. I like the pine nut and the supremely spicy. Their hummus is better than what I make, and I make great hummus!

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I've been thinking about making my own hummus and peanut butter each Sunday, so that I have those things on hand throughout the week. I'll give some of the recipes a try and let you all know what I think.

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used to make my own hummus all the time but haven't in years. y'all are inspiring me to now, especially after seeing those recipes in that linked thread in the Vegan Pizza Day thread for HUMMUS pizza...which i can't wait to try!

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best store bought hummus ever is bobbi's. its super expensive though. sabra is my next favorite. don't buy tribe, its completely disappointing. its been said before but if you make your own hummus don't use canned chickpeas.

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best store bought hummus ever is bobbi's. its super expensive though. sabra is my next favorite. don't buy tribe, its completely disappointing. its been said before but if you make your own hummus don't use canned chickpeas.

I looked up Bobbi's hummus and even on someone's blog that was praising Sabra, the guests were all posting how great Bobbi's is. Must be some good stuff. However, I can't find anything about where it is sold. I bet it's sold at Whole Foods, but there isn't one near me. Maybe I'll run in to it some day.
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I looked up Bobbi's hummus and even on someone's blog that was praising Sabra, the guests were all posting how great Bobbi's is. Must be some good stuff. However, I can't find anything about where it is sold. I bet it's sold at Whole Foods, but there isn't one near me. Maybe I'll run in to it some day.

yep, its really tasty. wholefoods is where i found it. i don't think i've seen it anywhere else either.

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Sabra Chipotle. I could bathe in it, it's soooo good!

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If you ever make your own hummus, my recommendation is: do not just make a recipe that you see in a cookbook or a forum. Or, rather, you can take a recipe as a general starting point, but: only follow the recipe when determining the amount of chickpeas / garbanzo beans (and maybe garlic). After you have the chickpeas in a blender, gradually add whatever other ingredients you've picked out (such as tahini, lemon juice and spices), and taste the stuff all the time. For example, when I did the Veganomicon basic hummus recipe, I thought there was way too much tahini (it's possible I had a worse brand of tahini than ICM and HM have). And then I did a different recipe, and found there was way too much lemon juice. So what I should have done all along is add tahini and lemon juice only gradually since they have a very distinctive taste. What hummus you're going to like is so subjective that I think you need to find it out for yourself.

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LOL, I thought Veganomicon's recipe didn't have enough tahini . As you said, it's subjective on what we like. As for store-bought brands, there is a company called Joseph's that is the best store-bought I have had. I've only seen it in New England stores, but I make my own hummus, anyway. Better and cheaper than store-bought.
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As for store-bought brands, there is a company called Joseph's that is the best store-bought I have had. I've only seen it in New England stores, but I make my own hummus, anyway. Better and cheaper than store-bought.

Oh thanks for that info. I've seen that brand around but have always been hesitant to try it since I wasn't sure if it was good or not.
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Shop sales and use coupons, that's how I do it. My favorite hummus so far has been Sabra Pine Nut. I've tried others and they weren't all that great. You may be able to snag a small container for $2-3.

This is what I do....I made my own and it was good but not as good as my fave Sabra Roasted Red Pepper....they were on sale at my fave store this week for 2/$4.00 and in sundays paper there were dollar off coupons and I paid a buck each....perfect deal....always taste better with a sale & coupon combo.

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This is what I do....I made my own and it was good but not as good as my fave Sabra Roasted Red Pepper....they were on sale at my fave store this week for 2/$4.00 and in sundays paper there were dollar off coupons and I paid a buck each....perfect deal....always taste better with a sale & coupon combo.

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I clipped that coupon too, can't wait to use it
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I clipped that coupon too, can't wait to use it

I know right....I get that way too....esp when its something I really like and am hoping it goes on sale....I am hippe that their are more veggie friendly coupons like the sabra one, almond milk, soy milk, Boca and MSF and Gardein products.

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I know right....I get that way too....esp when its something I really like and am hoping it goes on sale....I am hippe that their are more veggie friendly coupons like the sabra one, almond milk, soy milk, Boca and MSF and Gardein products.

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I'm keeping an eye for a sale too. Silk coupons are awesome, I get those pretty frequently in my e-mail.
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totally off topic, but dang! Our silk milk just went up again another $.28! Let me know if you get a coupon, or when we can get one too. I have Silk on my facebook, so can keep track I think that way.

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