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Old 10-17-2007, 07:11 PM   #11
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I just made Baba Ganoush tonight and opened a new jar of tahini. It doesn't say anywhere on it to refrigerate after opening, though I have in the past.

However, it IS much like peanut butter, and I don't refrigerate that.

Guess I'd rather be safe than sorry and keep it cold.

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Old 10-17-2007, 10:03 PM   #12
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Like peanut butter or Crisco - the fresher it is when you buy it the longer it will keep ... they all go rancid - opened or not.

I've kept tahini in the cabinet for 6-8 months, after opening, with no problems ... right next to my peanut butter. But - that was just because it got pushed to the back of the cabinet and I forgot I had it ... normally it doesn't last more than a month ... I could almost live on Hummus and Baba Ganoush!
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:29 AM   #13
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I keep mine in the refrigerator after opening. I store it upside down as it seems to help when it's time to use it again. Not separated quite as much.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:13 AM   #14
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Yep, if you're going to eat something with oil go with the healthy stuff---tahini is very nutritious as well as peanut butter and for people who have peanut allergies tahini might be a good alternative. I've kept mine in the fridge for months. HINT: before making up tahina or baba ghanoush store your unopened jar upside down and all the oil will mix throughout and make it easier to extract from the jar. Or if storing for a long time periodically turn the jar upside down several times. I've kept prepared tahini or baba ghanous for months in the fridge.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:08 PM   #15
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I keep mine in the fridge, & I've never had a jar go rancid on me or have any change in taste or texture (& we're talking 6-7+ months here).

I don't bother turning the jar upside down, because the product still ends up separated (just like natural peanut butter), & you have to stir it all together anyway. I just take a long ice-tea spoon, skewer, or cooking chopstick & stir away (just like I'd do with natural peanut butter) until everything is homogenized again before I use it.

Kept unrefrigerated, sesame oil & sesame-oil products will tend to turn rancid before peanut-oil products. I don't know why, but they do. I've had bottles of peanut oil last far far longer than bottles of sesame oil. Maybe because peanut oil for cooking is processed more than sesame oil?
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