Not too long ago I shared a beautiful post on how to make sesame seed butter (tahini) in the Blendtec Twister Jar and today I wanted to add to that post by sharing the food processor method.
Making it in the food processor may actually be my favorite way to make it. It does take a little bit longer but you can make quite a bit more depending on your food processor cup capacity. I also found that it was MUCH quieter than using the blender which is really nice.
It will take between 12 and 15 minutes to turn those tiny sesame seeds into smooth and completely delicious homemade tahini. I took notes and pictures of the tahini at each stage of the process (see above) to give you confidence that you’re on the right path.
I recommend stopping the food processor every 4 minutes or so to give the food processor a break as well as scrape down the sides. Even the sturdiest of food processors should take a 30 second to 1 minute break of processing to ensure the motor doesn’t burn out.
You can make any quantity of sesame seed butter you like. I started with a 16 ounce bag I ordered bulk on Amazon, this will make approximately 2 cups of smooth tahini. I freeze the other bags of sesame until I’m ready to use them in recipes or make more tahini.
I store the tahini in a mason jar in the cabinet but you could also store it in the refrigerator.
What special ways do you use tahini in recipes? I love to thicken sauces by adding a dollop of tahini or to stuff a few pieces of okra for a quick snack.