Sesame seed selectionSesame seeds have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and aroma which is enhanced by toasting. They are available packaged in the spice section and in bulk quantity in Middle Eastern markets. Due to their high oil content, the seeds will quickly become rancid. It's best to purchase them in small amounts and use them quickly.
To bring out the nutlike flavor of sesame seeds, spread seeds on a cookie sheet and toast in a 350-degree F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often.
Sesame seed storageUnrefrigerated seeds should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three months, refrigerated up to six months or frozen up to one year.
Sesame oil, on the other hand, is remarkably stable and will keep for years without turning rancid, even in hot climates.
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