How to Store Sesame Seeds?
Sesame seeds add that element of crispiness to dishes that make them crackle in your mouth. If you love the texture that these seeds adds to your sesame seed recipes then you have to figure out how to store sesame seeds properly. Only fresh sesame seeds can bring to your dishes the nutty flavor and crackling texture that you long for. Here is how you can go about storing sesame seeds:
First of all, you need to purchase the best sesame seeds you can get your hands on. You can choose from a variety of sesame seeds. White sesame seeds, natural sesame seeds are black sesame seeds are just a few of the types. You can pick them up from supermarkets where they are sold in different sized packets.
The white sesame seeds should be white or light brown sesame seeds while black sesame seeds should be black!
They should always smell fresh and there should be no inkling of moisture in the packets.
Since sesame seeds have a high quotient of oil, they can turn rancid very fast. Due to this it is advisable for you to pick up small amounts that you can finish off in a month. Ensure that the supermarket is not giving you an old and expired sesame seed packet
Once you reach home, pour out the seeds, check for moisture, dry it a little if required and then pour into airtight containers or plastic bags. Store the container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for 6 months.
Unhulled sesame seeds can be kept in an airtight container outside the refrigerator in a cool and dry place. But once they are hulled, they have to be stored in the refrigerator.
If you do not plan to refrigerate your sesame seeds then keep them in airtight containers in a cool, dry place.They will stay fresh for a maximum of 3 months.
You can also freeze the sesame seeds. They will last for close to a year this way.
Like sesame seeds you also have to store sesame oil, sesame butter, and tahini in the refrigerator. The sesame oil does not go rancid so fast.
To release the yummy nutty flavor of sesame seeds you need to toast them. Spread the sesame seeds out on a cookie sheet and toast them at 350 degrees in the oven for 15 to 20 min.