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Old 09-07-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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Sesame Oil

I gave our spice / baking cabinet a much needed clean-out today ... lots of interesting (and dated!) items I had forgotten we had bought to try.

Anyway ... I was looking on our bottle of sesame oil for an expiration date and found none. It also made me wonder if it should be refrigerated. Any thoughts? What do YOU do with your flavored oils?

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Old 09-07-2008, 03:55 PM   #2
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I do not refrigerate.....I throw it out and replace it about once a year just because....I dunno...just because!
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:13 PM   #3
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You can smell it. It probably smells rancid. I refrigerate mine for extended shelf-life.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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Thank you! I did smell it and it just smells like toasted sesame seeds. Does it get thick in the refrigerator?
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:56 PM   #5
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No, it doesn't get thick. I keep mine there, too.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:22 PM   #6
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JMediger....Typical of the internet..I saw shelf life all over the board for Sesame oil from "experts"....Mostly in the 6 month to 1 year range. I saw none that said refrigerate after opening..one said it wouldn't hurt anything. It seems the biggest enemies to sesame oil is heat and light...You know the "store in a cool, dry, dark place" routine....It seems the better brands come in amber/dark bottles...Anyway the old sniff test seems to be the best indicator of how fresh your/our oil is. If it doesn't smell or taste right....don't ruin the dish!
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:15 PM   #7
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Well, since there is no such thing as a "cool, dry" place here, I refrigerate. It took me almost two years to find a bottle of sesame oil here. Too precious to waste.
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:55 AM   #8
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This is off topic but when I landed in Japan for my two year tour of duty I smelled something I was not use to and ask some one what I was smelling he told me it was sesame oil. Where I was stationed that was the prevailing smell day after day
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:13 AM   #9
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like most oils and fats I would assume that sesame seed oil would go rancid after a long time.....I usually use mine up before it gets to that point but I also buy the small bottles, too.........of course I could be wrong about rancidity.......
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:10 AM   #10
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Mine actually does thicken a bit in the fridge, but i take it out about 10 or 15 minutes before i use it and it thins in no time. Intense flavor, and a little goes a long way so add, taste , then add again instead of just dumping a whole lot in at once. Usually, I add a a few drops ,or whatever , at the end of cooking to add the flavor.
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