Yes, you can use a blender to make Hummus. however, you will need to add more liquid to the mixture to keep the blades moving.
Hummus is a versatile dish and can serve three different purposes, for one it can be used as a spread, some people use it as a savory dish while other people use it as a dip, more so the Middle Eastern individuals. Hummus is made with very simple ingredients which include cooked and mashed chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and blended tahini.
According to experts, hummus is a healthy snack and upon consumption, the users stand to gain from fiber, proteins, and healthy fats.
How to make Hummus in a blender
Sauces and dishes made with a blender don’t have a steep learning curve. Only that you must ensure is that the ingredients are in the required texture. For example, for your Hummus to end up with a fine texture, you must first cook the chickpeas and drain them.
You will then remove the outer skin of the cooked chickpeas, and while this step will ensure that you end up with a smoother consistency, it is optional.
Add all the ingredients into a blender, and then add water, blend to the required consistency.
How to make Hummus using a hand blender
The mode of operation of a hand blender is quite different when compared to using a jug blender thus the blending process when it comes to making Hummus might be quite different.
- You will first add the chickpeas, then the minced garlic, and then Tahini to a deep enough bowl.
- And with the stick blender, you will break up the chickpeas into smaller pieces but without using any liquid.
- Add lemon juice, oil, and water, and then blend until you achieve a smooth and creamy texture.
- Scrape the bowl on the sides, and if the hummus is not in the required consistency, you could add more water.
- Proceed to season with pepper, cumin, and salt.
- Serve your Hummus in a bowl and then sprinkle with paprika and then drizzle with extra virgin oil. Notable is that this last step is optional especially if you would like your Hummus oil-free.
Best blenders for making Hummus
|Blender Model||Container capacity||Horse Power||Action|
|Vitamix CIA professional series blender||64 ounce with spill-proof vented lid||2-peak horsepower motor||Check Price Here|
|Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender||75 ounce and 32-ounce blending capacity||3.0 peak horsepower motor||Check Price Here|
|Oster Blender Pro 1200||6 cup boroclass glass jar, extra-large 5 cup food processing bowl||1200 powerful watts||Check Price Here|
|Hamilton Beach (70730)||10 cup capacity||450 watts||Check Price Here|
|Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick hand blender||16-ounce mixing and measuring beaker||200 watts||Check Price Here|
Factors to Consider When Buying a Good Blender for Hummus
Motor power is among the most important features that differentiate one blender from another. Motor power is also the determinant for how the blender will perform, high motor power prevents the blender from straining when it is met with resistance. And given that hummus recipe involves using chickpeas, you must ensure that you get a blender with high power.
500 watts and above should do for the countertop blender, you can go as high as you want with regards to the types of foods that you will be blending. But one thing that you should keep in mind with high motor power is that the higher it gets the louder the machine will be during use.
Blenders like all other kitchen appliances are bought for the long term. Also, how you use and handle your blender will largely determine its durability. Powerful tabletop blenders last three to five years, we also have high-end commercial models with a powerful motor that can last for up to 10 years.
The build quality of a blender also plays an important part in its durability, the high-end blender, for example, uses polycarbonate high grade or copolyester plastics. The above materials are heat resistant, they are also scratch-resistant and have been found to absorb less odor. Other parts of the blender are usually made of steel, cast iron, and aluminum and which require high hygienic standards.
Glass blenders are also a good option if you will be blending tough ingredients like ice or chickpeas because the chances of your blender getting scratched are zero. Thus your blender’s aesthetics can be preserved for a long time.
Getting a glass blender is one way of ensuring that you use a BPA-free blender. Plastic jar blenders come in two variations, we have the BPA free and the other versions that are not BPA free. So, since you will be looking for a blender that will make Hummus, a BPA-free jug would be convenient for your health and those of your household members.
Remember that BPA-free blenders or glass jug blenders can be used for making foods for invalids and toddlers.
Blender jugs or containers come in different capacities, we have personal blenders in the form of nutribullet blenders. And we do have high-performance blenders that come with a huge jug capacity. With regards to your family size, you should be able to get either a big or smaller blender. Notable is that as you purchase your blender there might be other foods that will require a huge capacity so to remain future proof it would be best to purchase a high-capacity blenders.
Blender cleaning is never an easy process especially if you will be blending recipes that end up in a paste-like consistency. The best thing to do, therefore, is to invest in a blender that can be washed in the dishwasher. The blades also present a challenge during cleaning but you can always get a cleaning brush. Most importantly is that you should always get rid of the paste formations first using running water and then proceed to place the blender into a dishwasher.
Making Hummus with a blender is easy, you only need to ensure that you get a blender with the relevant number of watts and the right capacity. Check on the build quality and the ease of cleaning. And last but not least check on the blender’s warranty? Short warranties should always be questioned.
What foods can I add to my blender Hummus?
You can take your blender Hummus with pasta, with mashed potatoes, or with a potato salad.
How long can a blender Hummus remain palatable in the fridge?
A blender Hummus can remain palatable for 3 to 5 days, and it can last up to 6 months when stored in the freezer.