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SESAME SEED

Sesame Seeds: 1 pound = about 3 1/3 cups
1 ounce = 3 1/3 Tablespoons

Sesame is generally described as having a mild, nut-like flavor which intensifies when toasted. It is characterized by nutty, oily, green and bitter flavor notes.

Toasting Sesame Seed:  Heat seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until seeds are golden-brown and fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting.

Sesame seed is a versatile seed that can be used in many of the same ways as nuts. The seed has a nutty, sweet aroma with a milk-like, buttery taste.  When toasted, its flavor intensifies, yielding an almost almond- or peanut butter-like flavor. Rich in calcium, vitamins B and E, iron, and zinc, sesame is high in protein and contains no cholesterol. It is a key ingredient in a variety of world cuisines, especially Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.

Because of their oil content, sesame seeds have a shelf life of about two years if stored tightly capped in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator.

Its nuttiness makes sesame seed a natural accompaniment to ice cream, sugar cookies, cookie bars, cakes, muffins, breads, and especially chocolate.  Chocolate lovers take note: once you try the sesame-chocolate combination, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before!  Sesame seed is also a delicious addition to salads, noodle dishes, chicken, pork, and vegetables.
 

 

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