Tahini is fantastically versatile, its deep, nutty flavour a harmonious match with roasted vegetables, grilled oily fish or barbecued meat.Yotam Ottolenghi
Tahini is a sauce or paste that dates back 4,000 years when it was known as sesame wine. It was used like an oil and has been a part of middle eastern cuisine ever since.
Raw sesame seeds were crushed to crack the hull and then soaked in water. The hulls sank to the bottom and the un-hulled seeds were scooped from the top. They were then toasted and ground into a thin paste.
Tahini can be served by itself as a dip or with the addition of lemon juice, garlic and salt as a classic middle eastern condiment. It’s great for drizzling, dipping and mixing into other recipes. I used this tahini for my garlic hummus recipe and my 6 ingredient tahini sauce recipe.
To make tahini, simply put at least one cup of toasted sesame seeds in a blender or food processor, add salt for taste and a little olive oil to help with the blending. I used 2 cups of sesame seeds, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 cup of olive oil. I used olive oil because that is typical in middle eastern cooking but you may use a lighter tasting oil such as safflower or sunflower. I used a blender and blended on high speed. It all came together in a few minutes. I filled up my half pint mason jar and stored it in the fridge. Tahini will last several months in the fridge and even up to a few years. You know it has gone bad when the oil in the paste goes rancid. Also, if there is any mold growing on it, toss it. I use the look, smell, taste method to see if a food item went bad. I look first, of course then smell. If I am still not sure then I taste. I also use the if in doubt throw it out method because food poisoning is for real.
If you buy sesame seeds in bulk then you can make tahini whenever you want. Raw sesame seeds last 6-12 months and can be refrigerated to last longer. Toasted sesame seeds last 1-3 years. You can buy raw and toast your own in a skillet or you can buy them already toasted.
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