Sesame Seeds

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, September 30, 2008 | , , | 0 comments »

Sesame SeedsIf you cook, if you like to eat, you've probably come across sesame seeds. You can find sesame seeds in almost everything from hamburger buns to pastries to savory dishes. Some people don't like how they get stuck between your teeth but they all agree its nutty flavor is delicious and Chinese food just wouldn't be Chinese food without sesame oil!

Sesame seeds are a a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B1, phosphorus and zinc. What does this all mean, it means that sesame seeds is probably beneficial in preventing high blood pressure and is said to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

sesame seedSesame seeds can be quite expensive when you don't know where to look. Small one ounce jars of sesame seed at the grocery store can run you between $2-3. Instead of buying them in the cute jars, go to the Asian market instead and buy a bag. You can then transfer the contents into cute jars if you wish.

I bought the 10 oz. bag pictured above at an Asian market for $1.69. It had about 2 cups of sesame seeds in it which may be too much for most uses, but even if you end up having a whole bag left over, you still come out ahead price wise. If I know I won't be using them right away, I store extra sesame seeds in the freezer to keep them fresh. Just follow your usual methods of keeping out freezer burns and you should be alright.

If you want to know what to do with so much Sesame seeds, stay tuned and I'll have some recipes coming up.

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