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What the Heck is Tahini? And Why Should You Care?


What the heck is Tahini and why should you care?

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If you’re a regular reader, you know that I wrote about making homemade hummus last week. I also linked the Tahini I use in my recipe, but I forgot to tell you about it.

What the heck is it?

Tahini is hulled and toasted sesame seeds that have been ground into a paste. It is used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.

Why should you care?

If you ever want to make your own hummus, Tahini is the delicious key-ingredient.

You can make it yourself (here’s a great recipe) or you can buy it already prepared, like the kind I use:


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Product Description:

Tahini Sesame Sauce – 16 Ounce

Ziyad Brothers Importing is the standard for high quality, great tasting and healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods. Ziyad Brothers offers more than 1,600 great tasting, high quality products to consumers.

Product Deets:

Ingredients – Mechanically hulled sesame seeds.
Allergy Information: Packed in a facility that processes wheat, flour, peanuts and tree nuts.
Directions – Separation occurs naturally. Mix well before using.
No refrigeration needed.
After opening, store in a cool dry place.


Wondering what other recipes you could try, using your jar of Tahini?

Tahini-Date Salted Caramels

Summer Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Dressing

Spiced Chicken Kabobs with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Yes, to all of it!

Are you game? You know I wouldn’t lead you astray.

Time to broaden your horizons, y’all!

If you are already a Tahini pro, tell us what you use it in.

Tell us!


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