There are several recipes that call for tahini, which is simple to create at home. Use a strong blender and the advice I have provided below to get tahini that is really creamy, not gloppy and separated.
What is Tahini?
I find tahini to be a versatile and delicious ingredient that can take your cooking to the next level. Tahini's unique nutty and slightly bitter taste can enhance the flavor of any dish. Making tahini at home is super easy and requires just a few ingredients. If you are wondering what tahini is, it's simply roasted and ground sesame seeds. Tahini is a staple ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and is commonly used in hummus or as a dip for falafel, pita, and baba ganoush.
By making tahini at home, you have the freedom to customize it to your liking, whether you prefer it more or less bitter, nutty, or creamy. Plus, homemade tahini is free from any preservatives or additives that are commonly found in store-bought versions. Trust me, once you start making your own tahini, you won't go back to store-bought.
Making homemade tahini is a breeze with just two ingredients - sesame seeds and olive oil. As someone who loves to make everything from scratch, I'm excited to share my tips for making creamy and delicious tahini. Not only is it naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, but it's also a staple ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. So, having a fresh jar of tahini in the fridge means endless possibilities for incorporating it into various dishes.
But let's talk about the importance of getting the texture right. Many people struggle with gloppy or separated tahini, but fear not - with my tips, you'll have creamy and perfectly blended tahini every time.
If you want to make a creamy and delicious tahini, here are a few tips I have learned along the way.
- First of all, you will want to use a high-powered blender, instead of a food processor. This will help you achieve the creaminess you are looking for without adding too much oil.
- You can use just 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 4 cups of sesame seeds, while you would need that same amount of oil for just 1 cup of sesame seeds in a food processor.
- Next, make sure to use hulled sesame seeds, as they will result in a smoother tahini with less bitterness. Also, be sure to gently toast the sesame seeds until they turn a slightly golden color to release their natural oils.
- Finally, choose a high-quality oil like olive oil or avocado oil to add to your tahini.
These tips will help you create a tahini that's perfect for dipping, spreading, and adding to your favorite recipes.
How to Store Tahini
I store my homemade tahini in an airtight container in the fridge, where it will stay fresh for up to a month. If you don't think you will use it up that quickly, you can always freeze the leftovers. What I like to do is freeze it in an ice cube tray so I can easily pop out a cube when I need it. This method works well for fresh herbs and compound butters too!
Can I use a food processor instead of a blender to make tahini?
While a food processor can be used to make tahini, it may not produce the same level of creaminess as a high-powered blender. If using a food processor, you may need to use more oil to achieve the desired consistency.
What are some ways to use tahini besides hummus?
Tahini can be used as a condiment or sauce alongside falafel, pita bread, or baba ganoush. It can also be used as a dressing for salads or roasted vegetables, or as a base for sauces and dips.
Making your own tahini at home is not only simple, but it also guarantees a product that is fresher and of higher quality than those found in stores. Making creamy and delectable tahini is easy if you use a powerful blender, hulled sesame seeds, gently roast the seeds, and high-quality oil. The recipe that follows is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and only calls for two ingredients. Tahini may be prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up to a month, or it can be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.