Should you MIY?

red pepper hummusThere are some things I buy – I admit it – I don’t make my own ketchup. There are some things I make myself – I make great whole wheat tortillas and I have made some wonderful homemade mustards before. Sometime I make it myself because I’m a cheapskate, sometimes because it is quick and easy and convenient to just make it at home, and sometimes because homemade tastes best! Bonus points when I find a MIY that does all three!

So, with hummus becoming so popular and now that its available everywhere…do you MIY or do you buy it?

Stopped into Whole Foods – $2.79 for measly little carton of Red Pepper Hummus (looked like single serving to me) carton – that’s $0.28 per oz.
Just to be fair, also stopped in at Costo to compare the giant economy size of Red Pepper Hummus – there it was $5.99 for 32 oz or $0.18 per oz.
Making it myself cost – $1.39 for 16 oz or $.08 per oz.
3 stars for cost (1 star would mean it cost more to MIY, 2 stars would mean it cost about the same to MIY, and 3 stars means MIY savings)

Taste tested at work with a hungry group of nurses, therapists, exercise physiologists and dietitians. Comments included, “this is the best hummus I have ever eaten,” and “what makes this SO good?” After trying lots of hummus recipes and techniques, this has become my go-to hummus recipe because I can make it in a hurry from pantry ingredients and it tastes GREAT every time!
3 stars for taste (1 star would mean store bought clearly tastes better, 2 stars would mean this tastes just like the stuff you buy, and 3 stars means this tastes DIY better!

Time to make – 5 minutes (really and that includes clean-up.)
Equipment needed – well I’d hate to live without my Vitamix but it can be done in a food processor or even with a potato masher or fork (some think hummus is most authentic when it is a bit chunky.)
3 stars for time (1 star would mean very time intensive, 2 stars would mean sorta time intensive, and 3 stars means lickedy split!

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained with liquid reserved
  • or 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (I use peanut butter – hey I told I was a cheapskate and I use closer to 2 t)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (Confession – I use the stuff in the green bottle sometimes)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅓ cup roasted red pepper (I buy it in little bottles at the Dollar Store – 1 bottle makes 2 batches)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
 Instructions – Place all ingredients (except liquid from the beans) in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, adding liquid from the beans as needed, to reach desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator or just dip in!

Variations – throw in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in place or the roasted red peppers. Or make it with black beans instead of the garbonzo beans and add a dash or siracha sauce and a capful of liquid smoke. Use your imagination or check out the flavors at Whole Foods for inspiration.

I declare Hummus a clear MIY winner!

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1 Response to Should you MIY?

  1. Lisal says:

    I didn’t know peanut butter worked for tahini! I am going to try this today! Thanks!

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