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    Sharon123's Note:

    I have been making this for years and it is my husband's favorite seasoning! Great over brown rice! Gomashio is a macrobiotic seasoning and is said to de-acidify the blood. Eating too much acidic foods is said to cause many diseases. Gomashio is said to strengthen digestion and improve energy immediately. It is claimed to be healing for all blood related diseases, including diabetes and cancer. I don't know too much about that, but it is delicious and we eat it all the time! I find the unhulled sesame seeds at the health food store.

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    • 2 cups unhulled brown sesame seeds
    • 3 tablespoons sea salt (the traditional ratio is 15 parts sesame seeds to 1 part sea salt, but you could use 12 to 1 or some)


    1. 1
      In a heavy skillet (cast iron is best), toast salt until it turns a grey color. Set aside.
    2. 2
      Toast the 2 cups sesame seeds, stirring constantly, till they start popping and turn a nice brown.
    3. 3
      Watch them closely, or they will burn!
    4. 4
      The traditional way to grind them is with a mortar and pestle,just until the seeds crack open and release their oils.
    5. 5
      The texture should be light and sandy.
    6. 6
      They should ultimately be 95% crushed.
    7. 7
      Because I do not currently own a mortar and pestle, I have put them in the blender and whiz them a few times till blended thoroughly. Update: now I use a coffee grinder or a food processor to grind.
    8. 8
      Store gomasio in a tightly closed glass jar, keep in a cool dry place.
    9. 9
      DO NOT REFRIGERATE! (Update: after 6 months I did refrigerate and it's still good!).
    10. 10
      I have kept this for over 6 months without spoiling.
    11. 11
      This is delicious over brown rice, salad, baked potatoes, veggies, almost anything!
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    • on October 13, 2003


      This gomashio is so much better than what I have been buying in the grocery store, that I will just have to continue making it myself with this great recipe. I excitedly gathered my ingredients and placed them into my seldom used mortar, then energetically began the grinding process. Five minutes later, I wasn't quite as energetic and only a few of the seeds were pulverized. So...I just poured 1/4 of the mixture into my spice grinder and gave it a one second spin...voila...perfectly ground seeds. Thank God for modern appliances! As a reward for my efforts, I immediately used this toasted sesame salt as a light dip for some celery and radishes. Delicious. Sharon, thanks not only for this recipe but also for the encouragement to eat it for our health's sake!

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    • on August 23, 2003

      Hi! Thanks for a great recipe. Just wanted to let you know that since you are using the food processor, be sure to only let it grind for a few seconds (not until fully ground) or you will damage the precious oils from the seasame and loose nutrients. :-)

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    • on March 05, 2003

      Hiya, Just wanted to let you know that the correct name is actually "Gomashio" the "Goma" means seasame seeds and the "Shio" means salt in Japanese.I have lived in Japan and found this gomashio to be the yummiest thing ever! I put it on everything. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Gomashio (Toasted Sesame Salt)

    Serving Size: 1 (54 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 10464.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    brown sesame seeds

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