Is tahini good for you?
Tahini. At 89 calories and 8 grams of fat per tablespoon, Tahini (also known as sesame butter) is a pretty calorically dense food. While it's full of healthy ingredients like B vitamins and even rich in calcium, it's also super easy to go overboard.
Sesame seeds are simply pureed into a paste or butter, much like almond butter or peanut butter. The first time I tasted tahini I thought it was truly awful stuff. Unlike nut butters, it is not inherently sweet. In fact, it has quite a bitter taste, comparatively.
- It's helped us to remember that tahini is really another kind of nut butter and can often be used just like almond butter or peanut butter. We think it has a lighter and more earthy taste than other nut butters, and this actually makes it a great choice for a lot of savory dishes.
- Since sesame seeds have a long shelf life if kept dry, it is hard to tell if they have gone bad. The best way is by smell - they will start to smell rancid because of the natural oils breaking down. Once they start to smell they also taste pretty nasty.
- Sesame Butter vs. Sesame Paste. Sesame butter is often confused with tahini (sesame paste), but they're not the same thing. To make sesame butter, sesame seeds are slow roasted at the lowest possible temperature which helps release their nutty flavor then crushed with a millstone.
Therefore, they typically last for 6 months. Yet some tahini manufacturers tout that their tahini will stay fresh for a full year after being opened. While some have stated that tahini can last upwards of a decade in the refrigerator, this is the exception to the rule.
- Although its shelf life can vary depending on factors related to how it is made, such as roasting, it will generally stay good for months, if not years. Like other nut and seed pastes, expired tahini has a musty, stale smell and tastes noticeably bitter and funky.
- Refrigeration. You don't need to pop that opened bottle of apple cider vinegar in the fridge. However, for the best flavor and to preserve the quality of the vinegar, it's best if you keep the opened bottle tightly capped and in a cool, dry, dark place, like the pantry or your cellar.
- Keep refrigerated in covered airtight container.
- Freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
- Frozen hummus may lose some of its texture when thawed.
- Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
Since it's very high in oil, keep tahini refrigerated once you've opened it to prevent it from going rancid too quickly. It gets difficult to stir once it's chilled, so be sure to thoroughly mix it before putting it in the refrigerator.
- Here are eight simple ideas for making the most out of the next can of tahini you purchase.
- Dip raw veggies in it.
- Spread it on toast.
- Drizzle it on falafel.
- Use it to make Tarator sauce.
- Dress your salad with it.
- 6. Make a double sesame burger.
- Stir it into soup.
- Have Main Course Baba Ghanoush.
- Tahini. At 89 calories and 8 grams of fat per tablespoon, Tahini (also known as sesame butter) is a pretty calorically dense food. While it's full of healthy ingredients like B vitamins and even rich in calcium, it's also super easy to go overboard.
- Label the freezer bags of tahini with the content and date. You can freeze tahini in glass jars or plastic containers. However, if you use canned tahini, remove it from the can before freezing.
Updated: 18th October 2018