What Is Tahini?


Would you like to find out more about tahini and how to make it from home rather than buying expensive jars of it at the store? Tahini is a gluten free and vegan condiment that is used in a variety of dishes.  It is especially used in the Mediterranean and Middle East. The concoction is light brown in color and has a pourable texture like a sauce. The flavor is often described as being rich, nutty and sometimes slightly bitter.

Homemade Tahini is quite easy to make and tastes better than buying it at the store any day. You only need 3 ingredients for the recipe: sesame seeds, oil and salt. To make it at home, just toast the sesame seeds very lightly on the stovetop, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. You do not want to allow them to turn brown. Next, add them to the food processor and process them until they form a paste. Add a bit of oil and process again until the contents reach a pourable consistency. Add a pinch of salt and mix.

What Is Tahini

Ways To Use Tahini In Cooking

1. Hummus. The most well-known way to use tahini is in making hummus, by blending it with chickpeas and then adding flavor such as garlic, lemon juice or roasted peppers.

2. Salad Dressing. It can be used in a variety of salad dressings. One of our favorite ways is combined with olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice for a savory salad dressing.

3. Desserts. Swirl it into batter for desserts such as cakes, brownies and more to include added nutrients. Or mix with maple syrup to make a sweet dip for pastries such as doughnuts.

4. Tahini Sauce. Mix it with yogurt, parsley, garlic and lemon juice to make a tahini sauce.

5. Sandwich Topper. It goes great on burgers or any sandwich to give it an added extra flavor.

Can Tahini Spoil?
Yes, homemade tahini can spoil after a while, just like any other food item that is not pumped with preservatives. But foods not pumped with preservatives are typically more healthy options. However, if kept in the refrigerator it should last for up to a month before spoiling.

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