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Old 03-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #11
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There is a difference between tahini and Asian sesame paste. Tahini (Near Eastern sesame paste) is made of hulled sesame seeds while Asian sesame paste is made from unhulled sesame seeds.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:59 PM   #12
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There is a product out now (not sure of brands or names in the US but one here is Free Nutbutter) that looks and (almost) tastes like the real thing, but is not made from peanuts (or any nut I believe). It was developed for kids but I don't see why you can't use it for cooking.

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Old 03-03-2011, 07:28 PM   #13
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There is a product out now (not sure of brands or names in the US but one here is Free Nutbutter) that looks and (almost) tastes like the real thing, but is not made from peanuts (or any nut I believe). It was developed for kids but I don't see why you can't use it for cooking.

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Well, the thing is is that I don't like the flavor of peanut butter in savory foods. I had egg rolls once at a chinese restaurant that had peanut butter in them and they were awful. I don't want a nutty taste at all.

I guess I'm just wondering what I could use that has the consistency of peanut butter, but not the nutty taste.

Does tahini taste nutty? I've had hummus before and it didn't really taste nutty to me.

I may be overthinking this entire deal.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #14
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Does tahini taste nutty? I've had hummus before and it didn't really taste nutty to me.
To me it does not; it is much milder than the Asian sesame paste; it has a similar mouth feel to PNB in a sauce, but a different flavor.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:34 PM   #15
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Just leave the PB out of the recipe. It's usually only a tablespoons worth, not enough to change the volume much.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:35 PM   #16
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Tahini is made from sesame seeds. To me the main problem is you have to buy more than I can use in any one recipe, and it seems to turn to concrete on your shelf.

You can buy other nut spreads as well, if it is peanuts in particular that are a problem for you.
I turn mine upside down and then, if I know ahead of time that I am going to use it, I turn it right side up and over again a few times over a period of a few days. Concrete is right. That stuff can get hard when it separates. Like NoraC, I stir it with a dinner knife, so nothing gets stuck in the bowl of a spoon. I might start working on stirring it a couple of hours before I am going to use it. Cut some gashes in the solid part, so the oil can soak in and soften it. Then go back later and do it again.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:20 PM   #17
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Glad to hear there's someone besides me who doesn't like peanut butter or peanuts Annie.
I'd use Asian sesame paste myself. As Andy said, it's different than Tahini.
TL, I bet cashew butter would be a great choice too.
Hmm, now I can't choose.
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Has anyone made Halva, the Greek type not the Indian.
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