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The Talents of Tahini

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The Talents of Tahini

If you have ever bought tahini for a special recipe, you may still have the rest of the jar sitting in your fridge or on the shelf waiting for the next time you feel inspired to experiment. But tahini is not a seed butter to be ignored.

Tahini makes delicious dressings, creamy soups, scrumptious sweets and excellent entrées. But knowing how to choose the right variety, store it properly and integrate it into dishes is important. So here are the keys to discovering the talents of tahini.

How tahini is made

I always enjoy learning a bit about how something is made before I go out and buy it, and food is no exception.

Traditionally, tahini is made by soaking sesame seeds overnight, after which they are crushed in order to separate the bran (the hull) from the seed. The crushed seeds are then put into a mix of salt and water, which allows the bran/hulls to sink and the seed kernels to float to the top of the water where they can be skimmed off. After this they are either immediately ground (for a hulled raw tahini) or toasted and then ground into a paste.

Some tahini is also left unhulled as well, This variety is more bitter then its hulled counterpart, but more nutritious.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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6:00AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

2:37PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Didn't know about all the nutritious benefits. Thank you

12:05PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

thanks

2:30AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

thank you for sharing!

11:24AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

interesting, thx.

7:54AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I love tahini so much!!
One of my favorite salad dressins:
Equal parts tahini and water, lemon juice, tamari, garlic, ginger, dash cayenne, maybe a little splash of ACV.
Soooo good! I massage it into kale and broccoli, chop up a bell pepper and an apple on top, and dig in!! :)

10:01AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Who knew that tahini had all these Nutritional content and Health Benefits. I will definitely be trying to make this.

8:24AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Thank you

11:55PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I love sesame seeds..so I am going to be trying some tahini!

9:41PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Hmmm...now I know a bit more about tahini, I think I will look for a chance to try it

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