Do-It-Yourself Experiment #5: Homemade Hummus

Before I tell you about June’s Do-It-Yourself Experiment, I first promised an update on the Homemade Laundry Detergent. I don’t love it, but it’s working alright. I’ve learned that I have to put it in, turn the water on and let it run and dissolve before putting the dirty laundry in to wash.

It washes just fine, but the clothes don’t quite seem as fresh or smell as great as they do with regular laundry soap. At this point, I don’t like it enough to use it full-time from here on out, but I would definitely use it if I can’t get great deals on laundry detergent.

And now for the hummus experiment… can I just say how amazing I felt to make homemade hummus using homemade tahini and chickpeas I boiled? Yes, I know, I’m weird like that.

But seriously? Making every bit of this from scratch was exhilarating.

I used this recipe here for the tahini. I ended up roasting the sesame seeds just a wee bit much and this gave it a very strong roasted tahini flavor. Not sure I’m a huge fan of tahini — especially roasted tahini — but it was still cool to make.

The hummus was super simple to make (I used the recipe from Simply Recipes). I ended up doing it in my Vita-Mix and that seemed to work well. Except I was a little worried I was going to burn the motor up since the hummus was definitely thicker than the smoothies we usually make. It began steaming and got very hot, but the Vita-Mix pulled through without a hitch.

The end result was pretty good. I’m very sure it was not the best hummus I’ve ever tasted, but the strong roasted tahini may have had something to do with that. :) I definitely plan to try more hummus recipes in the future and hope to find one that is just amazing.

Have you tried any new do-it-yourself experiments recently? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

In case you missed it, here’s the list of the 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects I Plan to Try in 2011:

January: Make From-Scratch Chai Tea

February: Make Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

March: Make Homemade Hamburger Buns

April: Make Homemade Laundry Soap

May: Make Appliqued Flower Tee

June: Make Homemade Hummus

July: Make Freezer Jam

August: Make Homemade Soap

September: Sew a Rag Quilt

October: Make Homemade Apple Butter

November: Make Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

December: Make Homemade Marshmallows

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  1. Katie C says

    Comments and Tips on the laundry soap. I use the exact same recipe and I have for several months. I had similar problems that you had. They only way I could get the soap to dissolve was if I used warm or hot water. But I HAVE A SOLUTION FOR YOU: Grate the soap smaller. I saw the picture of the how you grated the soap. Those shavings are too large. I did large shavings like that on my 1st batch too. I have a grater that has even smaller holes. I thought the super tiny holes would get clogged up with soap, but they don’t. When you grate the soap with the really little holes then when you do a load of laundry the soap shavings will dissolve in the water. Even in a cold water load. Also, you can chop/blend the soap in your Vitamix. The Vitamix will pulverize it and the soap will work great in your homemade laundry soap recipe. Please try it again with my recommendations. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

  2. says

    I have a step by step photo tutorial for making hummus on my blog http://fromchapelhilltochickenville.blogspot.com/2010/01/homemade-hummus-photo-tutorial.html. It’s so easy to make it from dried chickpeas, but you do have to plan ahead (something the group on this website is great at doing). I make a huge batch in my food processor and then freeze tubs of it. When you are ready, just defrost in the fridge and add a little olive oil if it’s to dry. Crystal, yours looks pretty stiff from your photos, you may like it this way or maybe you are trying to cut back on your oil, but I like mine a little “softer”, so you just add the oil while it’s spinning a little at a time. I also think cumin MAKES the dip.

    We also make crock pot apple (or pear) butter http://fromchapelhilltochickenville.blogspot.com/2010/11/crock-pot-apple-butter-with-cinnamon.html and one year, I gave jars of the butter with homemade cinnamon raisin bread to people for Christmas. Everyone just loved it and I saved a ton of time and money not driving all over town for presents.