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Britain in hummus crisis due to mystery taste!

By: Cecilia Harris
January 11, 2018

Brits have some major appetite for hummus. We are called the hummus capital of Europe, with 41% of people having pots in the fridge. So, you must’ve noticed a shortage of hummus in your local supermarket shelves? That’s because some customers complained about a metallic tang in this popular savoury dip! As a result, the UK’s leading provider of fresh prepared foods (called Bakkavor), warned supermarket clients of a problem with the manufacturing process.

That’s why shops like M&S and Sainsbury’s both cleared some lines from their shelves because of the “taste issues” – how annoying would that be if they were your only local shops? But, later on Bakkavor admitted that there wasn’t actually any food safety issues, it was only the fact that there was a strange taste in the pots. And the only reason supermarkets should withdraw any foods is if there are any food safety concerns. Don’t worry, the Food Standards Agency said that they are still seeking confirmation that this withdrawal was done on quality rather than safety but the info they have received so far shows there is NO indication of a food safety concern. I know what you’re thinking – so, can we have our hummus back please?

 Thing is, there are a few reasons as to what caused this metallic taste. For example, in certain foods and beer it can be because of a chemical reaction of the fats & oils. Others have said that the unusual flavour came from chickpeas imported from Canada. Whatever the reason for the metallic tang, the UK has been having a shortage of this delicious dip and for hummus lovers out there – this ain’t good! 

But the show must go on as stocks have since been replenished and supermarkets say it is business as usual on the hummus front. I guess that’s good news, right? I don’t know. The secretive world of mass food production makes me anxious as to what it is I am putting in my body. Although all equipment is deep-cleaned between different products, supermarkets tend to use the same suppliers for different products. So who knows what’s being mixed with what. 

What I’m saying is, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean foods have become quite popular especially as we put hummus in our shopping lists as an everyday item. So why don’t we just make a NON-METALIC version ourselves. It’s not even that hard and it tastes waaay better. Our dance specialist in RWL happens to know a lot about Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food culture as she is from there. She said that hummus is not used as a dip and eaten from a tub, it’s a meal. So, she recommends that if we buy the ingredients, we can make more of it for cheaper and it will taste 100 times better – without any metallic taste!

 
**So, here's your hummus recipe that you can try out at home**

Ingredients 

(makes 8 servings so perfect for sharing or freeze in serving sized amounts)

 1 tin of chickpeas in water (approx. 400g)

120ml Tahini paste

2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice (more if you like it tangy)

2 tbs olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

A pinch of salt

 

Method

1) MAKE SURE YOU RINSE THE CHICKPEAS

2) Combine all ingredients together in a food processor, that’s it!

3) If it’s too clumpy just add a little bit of hot water to make it smooth

 

Enjoy! We have plenty more yummy treats. Our Free Forever Plan gives you access to them for 7 days free of charge! CLICK HERE to get staaarrtteeedd 

xx

  
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About the author

Cecilia is the co-founder of Results with Lucy and face of Results with Cecilia.