No more gloopy tins!

By Kimberly Holland
June 02, 2020
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Tahini is a creamy paste of ground, toasted sesame seeds. Olive oil is often added to make it thinner and spoonable. Tahini is used to add warmth to hummus, body to soups, and a burst of richness to falafel, dips, and more. But tahini, like natural nut butters, separates as it sits; the ground sesame seeds sink, while the natural sesame oil rises. The end result is a bit of a mess — you have to stir and stir and stir to combine the two elements well enough to use it. Usually, you're using a very small quantity, too, which makes the process seem almost futile.

And to be honest, the stirring almost always creates a muck. Especially when the tin is brand new, you're more likely to slosh and spill the rich oil all of your kitchen counter and hands than you are to get it blended into the sesame paste. It's almost enough to make you just skip the tahini and the homemade hummus.

Almost.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a bottle of squeezable tahini from Mighty Sesame Organic at my local grocery store. I almost felt disappointed because I am familiar with the classic jar or tin. But I took the bottle — I needed it for a batch of tahini cookies — and accepted that I'd probably not like it but it was better than trying to substitute a nut butter. But I was entirely wrong.

Not only is the tahini rich and flavorful, it's so easy to use. There's no stirring and sloshing. You simply shake and squeeze. Just like the tinned variety, this tahini does separate in the 10.9-ounce bottle. But the bottle makes recombining the two ingredients easy as just getting a few shakes in.

Now that I have this tahini option, I've been finding a variety of tasty tahini recipes in which I can use it, from this Tahini Dressing for falafel salad to Roasted Carrot and Tahini Soup. I even stirred some into a savory oatmeal I made last weekend, complete with frizzled egg, walnuts, and sautéed veggies.

"I had given up on making homemade hummus since I hate dealing with this paste separating in jars and being so hard to work with. But this paste is fabulous and squeezes right out!!" wrote one reviewer.

So how does it taste? Your perception of what tahini should taste like probably depends on the brand you've purchased before (or if you've even made your own). Most are richly warm, and this one certainly is. Some brands add salt or sugar or additional oils to their tahini to enhance the sesame flavor, but this squeezable tahini doesn't have that. In fact, it has just one ingredient: roasted, peeled organic sesame seeds. You may feel the need to season the tahini, or at least the recipe you're making, a bit more to compensate for the flavor you're expecting. But as you use it more and more, you'll appreciate the natural tahini flavor.

"I love this product because it's easier to measure and less messy.... It's squeezable because the oil-to-solid ratio is higher than traditional tahini paste, and so you may need to use a bit more to achieve the same flavor as the same amount of paste," wrote another reviewer.

Amazon sells the squeezable tahini in packs of two for $13.50. If you don't want two bottles, you can buy a single one for $10, but with the second bottle being an additional $3.30, it's a better bargain to get two and perhaps split the order with a neighbor or friend. Tahini also has a good shelf life if it's stored correctly, so you may very well use both bottles in your cooking.

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Buy it: 2 10.9-oz. bottles, $13.50; 1 10.9-oz. bottle, $10; amazon.com

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