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Tough tahineh?

I bought a new jar of tahineh (aka "sesame butter")at our local Asian grocery today. It must have been in stock for a bit because the oil had separated and risen, and the butter part was VERY stiff. I tried mixing it but boy it was hard. Would it help to heat it, in order to blend it back together? :-\ Please help!

Whenever I worked at a ma and pa deli we made our own hummus from scratch using tahini and we used to store the tahini in the fridge for months and it lasted. It's naturally thick. But in your case it sounds a little too thick. If I were you I would return it with the receipt. I suppose you could try heating it; I doubt it would ruin the general product. Perhaps store in the fridge upside down and try mixing it afterwards. If that doesn't work, try adding a little sesame oil to mix it up. I'm curious to see what happens, so post your results. I hope this helps  :-\

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i stir mine with a table knife since it gets so hard. once you get it "cut up" a bit it becomes easier to mix.

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My sister used to work in the bulk section of a health food store and she would have to stir up all the nut butters. What she found out was that it was so much easier to stir when they were at room temperature. If you try leaving the tahini out at room temperature for a few hours, and then mixing, I think it would work.

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The tahineh was at room temp when I got it, sealed in the jar. I turned it upside down and no joy. So I stood it in a hot water bath (bain marie) and stirred, first with a knife and then with a serving spoon. The heat made it smell wonderful but it Looked like slurry! DH was not impressed!  :D
Don't know what I'll do in our hot summers, it can get up above 110ºF (nope, not kidding). If I leave it out it'll go rancid and if I put it in the fridge it'll set up like concrete...eheu. The answer would be only to eat it in winter but I'm spoiled! It's only been available here over the last 3-4 yrs since they opened the Asian market.

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24 hrs later and the tahineh is still mixed and useful-looking. I'll give it a stir up every few days to keep it together. Thanks friends.

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