How to buy and store tahini
Posted by kathryn in Uncategorized
So you’ve decided to include more tahini in your diet: what should you look for when buying it and how do you store it?
Where to buy it
Tahini is available from supermarkets, health food shops, as well as Middle Eastern and Chinese grocers.
Hulled vs unhulled
Sesame seeds have a fibrous outer coating – the hull – and tahini can be made either with or without this outer layer.
Unhulled tahini is darker and has a more intense flavour. While hulled tahini is much lighter in colour and taste.
The hull does contain some nutrients. It has fibre, along with minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium and zinc. Therefore if you buy hulled tahini you’re losing some of these nutrients.
There is a question mark over the usefulness of the calcium in unhulled tahini. It’s stored in a form called calcium oxalate, which our bodies may find difficult to absorb.
What to choose
I have found the flavours of different tahinis to vary considerably. Some brands I really like, while I find others too bitter. If you’re new to tahini, try a few brands to find the one you like most.
When buying tahini, it’s common for there to be a layer of oil at the top of the jar. This is just the sesame oil, which has separated from the more fibrous solids. There’s nothing wrong with this, simply stir it back together before using.
How to store tahini
Tahini should always be stored in the fridge. It’s high in poly-unsaturated fats. These fats are sensitive to heat and light and can easily turn rancid. So keep it refrigerated and your tahini will last longer.