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How long does tahini last?

Heatherb Apr 28, 2008 03:21 PM

I have some leftover tahini in my fridge from like three weeks ago. Is it still good? I'm thinking no, but I have some chickpeas I'd like to turn into hummus...

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  1. kpzoo Apr 28, 2008 03:27 PM

    Oh my gosh, yes! Tahini keeps for months, if not years, in the fridge! Just mix it up to redistribute the oily film on top. Why do you think it's no good, does it smell funny?

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    1. re: kpzoo
      Heatherb Apr 28, 2008 03:57 PM

      I dunno, I just have a bias against stuff that's been in the fridge a while, I think:-)

      1. re: Heatherb
        scubadoo97 Apr 28, 2008 04:02 PM

        Check the expiration sell by date. Just kidding!! Tahini keeps for a very long time. Months and months unrefrigerated. Over a long time the sesame oil will turn rancid. Keeping it in the fridge it will last for a year or more. How it was stored in the store and what kind of turn over makes a difference. I usually buy mine in Middle Eastern markets where there is good turn over. I don't refrigerate it because it makes it too hard to use. When it is well mixed it should be pourable.

    2. DiveFan Apr 28, 2008 04:44 PM

      If you live in a warm climate, definitely keep it in the fridge to prevent the oil from going rancid. Do the same with your good EVOO as well.
      You'll have to plan ahead when making the next recipe because the oil will congeal somewhat. Warm glass jars in a pot of hot water or Carefully microwave on low power for up to 30 seconds. If your tahini is canned, well, you'll have to wait..........

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        Tweetybird Jun 20, 2012 11:59 AM

        Glad I read this, now I know my tahini is still good. Because I thought it wasn't, I used almond butter instead to make hummus, because I had it in my pantry. And I have to say, it turned out quite delicious! Although I like the taste of sesame paste (tahini), I will also try to make hummus with other nut butters I have handy, such as macadamia and cashew nut butter, and perhaps even peanut butter. I do find that peanut flavour tends to overwhelm all other flavours, but since hummus also includes garlic, which is another strong flavour, it will be interesting to taste how the two combine. It seems like it could be similar to satay sauce, which combines peanut and onion... so we'll see!

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