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Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds, derived from the sesame plant (Sesamum indicum), are tiny, oil-rich seeds that have been widely utilized in cooking and as a garnish for thousands of years. Renowned for their culinary versatility, they can be found in a range of dishes globally, originating in Africa and Asia. These seeds come in various colors, primarily white, black, and gold, each revealing distinctive flavors and uses in diverse cuisines. For home cooks and consumers, these nutrient-dense seeds provide various health benefits, considering they are a rich source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats. They are commonly used to add texture, flavor, and visual appeal to dishes. From garnishing bagels and bread to incorporation in homemade tahini or salad dressings, sesame seeds play a pivotal role in elevating dishes to the next level.
#35
IN SEASONINGS
573
CAL / 100G
$1.17
AVG / OZ
sesame seeds
26%
CARBS
55%
FAT
20%
PROTEIN
Sesame Seeds FAQ
Sesame seeds are known for their culinary versatility. They offer multitude of health benefits with their fiber, protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats content. Despite their tiny size, they can pack a punch in both flavor and texture. However, there are a few potential pitfalls and tips when it comes to using them in recipes. People often make the mistake of not toasting sesame seeds before using them in a dish. Toasting not only enhances their nutty taste but also makes their oil more available and therefore, increases health benefits. Another common mistake is not storing them correctly. They should be kept in a cool, dark place or refrigerated to maintain flavor as they are high in oil and can become rancid if stored improperly. On the other hand, a tip to get most out of them is to grind them into a powder and use it to thicken sauces and soups, or make tahini, a sesame paste widely used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does sesame seeds expire?
Unopened sesame seeds can usually stay fresh for about 2 years kept in a cool, dry place, from the date they were packed. Remember to always check the 'best by' or 'use by' date on the package. Once opened, they typically last up to 3-6 months in the pantry. If you want to extend their shelf life further, refrigerating them in airtight containers may make them last for about a year and freezing them can extend it for up to 2 years.
How do you tell if sesame seeds is bad?
Sesame seeds can go rancid due to the natural oils they contain. You'll notice the seeds turning a dark brown color and a bitter or off-taste than normal. Discard seeds that have a strong, sour, or otherwise unpleasant smell. When it comes to sesame seeds, trust your senses. If they don't look, smell, or taste right, it's likely they're past their prime.
Tips for storing sesame seeds to extend shelf life
• Always store sesame seeds in a cool, dry, dark place. Your pantry or a cabinet away from the stove or oven is ideal. • Transfer the seeds to an airtight container once the package is opened. This prevents moisture and other contaminants from getting in. • Consider refrigeration or freezing for long-term storage. Remember to seal them tightly to prevent any moisture from entering. • Freezing won't affect the texture of the seeds, and they can be used straight from the freezer, no need to thaw them first.
EXPIRES WITHIN
3 - 4.8
YEARS
Health Info
Macros
3g
CARBS
6g
FAT
2g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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