Sesame Seeds - Use Them Or Lose Them But Don't Keep Them
Using sesame seeds has been a long drawn practice from various parts of the world. The uses of sesame seed has been enjoyed by humans since the dawn of civilization. A variety of sesame plants have flourished throughout the Middle East and Asia, where the seeds and oils were used liberally for culinary, medicinal, health and beauty purposes. It is used in breads, candies, main dishes, as a garnish on pasta and vegetables, and it is well known for its oil content.
These tiny, flat seeds come in shades of brown, red and black, but those most commonly found are a pale grayish-ivory. These seeds have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that makes it versatile enough for use in baked goods such as breads, pastries, cakes and cookies. Use of sesame seeds are very customer friendly since this seed is available packaged in supermarkets and can be found in bulk in Middle Eastern markets and health-food stores.
However, because of high oil content, sesame seeds turn rancid quickly. Though they can be stored in an airtight jar in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months, refrigerated up to 6 months or frozen up to a year, it is best to either use them or lose them but not to keep them.
There have been quite a few instances when people stored these crunchy coat seeds only to sprinkle them at the last moment on those banana toffees, just to find that they had gone rancid! And nothing is worse than using sesame seeds that have gone rogue…oops rancid!
The best way out in such a situation is to throw the rest of them. It is better to get rid of the seeds rather than use them. Though the uses of sesame seeds are many, if not rancid, using sesame seeds as medicinal oil seeds or food additives is a very good idea.
For instance, you can try these yummy recipes:
It would not be wrong to suggest that using sesame seeds as a medicinal source has been around for a really long time too. Using sesame seeds as a principle source of Magnesium and copper has been known for long. The uses of sesame seeds are mainly workable since, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. It can be used to treat the problems of cholesterol, high Blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, Asthma , Diabetic strokes, Colon cancer, PMS, Migraine and Osteoporosis.
There is no end to the uses of sesame seeds, yet, due to the high oil content, always try and buy them in small quantities. With smaller quantities, using them frequently will be beneficial to your health and help to avoid the rancidity rate too.