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Old 08-12-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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Question Should Tahini taste bitter?

I got some Tahini for Hummas. Should it have a bitter taste to it?

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:55 PM   #2
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either one alone can have a bitter aftertaste
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:30 PM   #3
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Add salt to taste. Salt counters bitter flavors.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:46 PM   #4
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By itself, tahini can have a bit of a bitter taste. But, by the time you mix it with the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and evoo you will not notice it.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:24 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I've only used tahini once before and didn't remember any bitterness.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:26 AM   #6
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Yes indeed, it's bitter by itself. Made into Humas the other ingredients bring all to a tasty blend.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:30 PM   #7
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I am astonished by declarations here that Tahini is bitter. I'm accustomed to its taste from childhood bitter means your product is spoiled. You wont die from eating it, but would use oxidized salad oil?

The problem with Tahini is it doesn't move off the shelf very fast, you need to frequent a middle eastern grocer who runs a very busy shop.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:06 PM   #8
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The tahini I've used has no bitter taste. It tastes like sesame seed peanut butter.
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There is also a difference between raw and roasted tahini. Roasted will taste more like a nut-butter while the raw is more, well, raw. I wouldn't call it bitter but, maybe like contrasting raw and cooked garlic. Both will work fine in hummus.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:24 PM   #10
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And, are we talking about a person's taste perception (my step-daughter doesn't like hamburger buns with sesame seeds on them because she thinks they taste bitter - I don't taste that) - or are we talking about tahini that has oxydized and gone "rancid" - which all oils will do, peanut butter, tahani, vegetable oil, Crisco ... etc. ???

Can the OP differentiate between "bitter" and "rancid"? Can you describe how to tell the difference? In my experience - rancid is more of a rotten and "sour" taste - and it also has an off "odor" - bitter is odorless and somewhat subjective.

I don't know if the OP was tasting what might be the bitterness that some people taste - or maybe it was just starting to go rancid ...

Oh - and getting tahani from a middle eastern store is no guarantee ...
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