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Many masticating juicers are sold with the claim that they can also make nut butters. Seeing that chickpeas are easier to crush than roasted nuts, I wondered if they can also be used for hummus or other legume pastes. I searched around, but only found 1-2 links and a video from an Australian juicer manufacturer who suggested this use.

If the answer is yes, then the subquestions are:

  • what features should the juicer have to make sure it is suitable for hummus? Does every juicer that says "makes nut butter" also make hummus, or do I have to look for other special features?
  • What can I expect in terms of effort and quality to get results? Can I just pour the ingredients and gather the output, or does it require some kind of fiddling to get everything right? How smooth and creamy is the resulting hummus? Does it work with standard dryish recipes (1:10 tahini:chickpeas) or do I have to use more fat as a lubricant to see results?

The background is that I have been thinking of getting a slow juicer, but the price and counter space deterred me, seeing that I don't drink juice frequently. But if it can make good hummus, this will probably tip the scales.

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    Is complete smoothness a goal? I've found the best hummus to have a little bit of texture, and you can do that with a food processor. But it may be that what I thinking of as best was superior in flavour to the others, and the texture was incidental – Chris H Jun 13 '18 at 11:39
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    @ChrisH I only have a pulsing food processor, and making hummus with it is rather tedious. Also, having the option to make either chunky or smooth hummus is nicer than being bound to only one kind. And, if the answer to my question is "it makes hummus, but roughly the same quality as a food processor", that's still an interesting piece of informaiton. – rumtscho Jun 13 '18 at 12:52

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