The question was prompted by running out of suitable sized plastic boxes for some home-made hummus, so I used a couple of old jam jars. This was for freezing, but it got me thinking.
I assume a simple recipe of cooked chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon and spices, such as this one from Felicity Cloake at the Guardian (which happens to be the recipe I roughly follow).
Hummus is normally sold refrigerated, but is there any (safety) reason why it couldn't be canned? Obviously any form of canning means that the final product gets cooked, but the chickpeas are already cooked and the other ingredients shouldn't suffer too much (the garlic will mellow, for example). Ideally I'd think of water-bath canning, but I'm not sure if the pH is low enough. Pressure canning would also be interesting but only in an academic sense as I'm not equipped for it.