Tahini in Our Kitchen

Posted by JMom | Friday, October 03, 2008 | , , | 0 comments »

TahiniI don't know why the word Tahini always makes me want to dance. LOL!

Anyway, if you didn't know, Tahini is a sesame seed paste that is used as a condiment in many middle eastern and Mediterranean cooking. Some Asian cuisines also use tahini or sesame seed paste in addition to sesame oil that imparts that distinctly Chinese food aroma we have all grown accustomed to.

There are many brands of bottled sesame paste on the markets but it is so easy to prepare and the homemade version is so much better than anything you can buy, that why bother? Try making your own and you won't regret it. You won't go back to buying the bottled stuff ever again. It's also a whole lot cheaper when you make it yourself.

One thing to remember is that the oil in homemade sesame paste can go rancid pretty quickly. The bottled stuff keeps longer because of all the preservatives they put in there. So if you're making your own, save your left overs in the refrigerator and try to use it up within the week if you can. The good thing about this is, you can make a little bit at a time so you won't have too much left over. Just buy a bag of sesame seeds so you always have them on hand, and keep them in the freezer to keep them fresh tasting.

Click here to see how we made our own Tahini or sesame seed paste.

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