Basic Homemade Tahini

"I got a new Cuisinart spice grinder and this recipe came with it!! A vital ingredient to hummus, this sesame paste is very versatile and can be used as a base in salad dressings or sauces."
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Ready In:
1/3 cup tahini




  • Place the sesame seeds in the bowl of a spice grinder. Pulse 6 to 8 times, until finely ground.
  • Add the olive oil and salt and process 30 to 40 seconds, or until a paste forms.
  • Store the tahini in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months!

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  1. Goody2shz
    Very good and easy to make if you happen to have that many sesame seeds on hand, which I did. I had to run mine in the mini food processor a lot more than 6-8 whirls to get it finely ground, and I had to add almost double the amount of olive oil to get it to the right consistency, but the result was delicious and very fresh tasting. I used light flavored olive oil so it wouldn't taste strongly of olive oil and I'm glad I did. No more store bought tahini for me. Not only is it hard to find, it super expensive! Thanks.
  2. gailanng
    This excites me so thank you, Spongebob Chefpants.(Now, that is a phrase I honestly never thought I'd write.)
  3. White Rose Child
    Great recipe! I ground my seeds, then had to transfer to a small food processor since my spice grinder doesn't handle liquids. This needed about 1/4 cup of water to reach the smoother texture I wanted, but the finished tahini tastes *great* in my new batch of hummus. My mom tried the tahini and immediately said she preferred it to the storebought stuff! Thank you very much :)))
  4. College Girl
    Tahini is so expensive for what it is... This is AWESOME. Thank You!
  5. ChefLee
    Wonderful recipe!!! I will use this from now on instead of buying tahini!! It is so much more fresh and makes the hummus or whatever you are using it for taste so much better!! Thanks for posting!!


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