Does Tahini Go Bad?

We’re here to answer any and all questions you may have about tahini! Should you ever visit our FAQs and not find what you’re looking for, make sure to reach out. You can easily send an email to our Customer Support team, and one of our crew members will get back to you ASAP. 🙂

Until then, give our answers a look below.


How can I tell good tahini apart from bad tahini? 


Soom Tahini’s flavor profile is nutty and creamy, lending itself well to salad dressings and sauces, to delectable and rich baked goods like cookies and cakes. Its flavor works beautifully in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. And surprisingly (in case you didn’t know), it’s quite prevalent in both Asian and Spanish cuisines! Our sesame butter can also pack a flavor (and nutritional!) punch when elevating vegan and vegetarian dishes. 


When searching for the perfect consistency, you’re looking for a tahini that is buttery, drizzle-y,  stirrable, and pourable. You may choose to store your tahini in the fridge or pantry, depending on your consistency preference. Its creamy texture is what makes our product such a perfect addition or vegan substitute when creating your favorite sweet dessert. Give our blog post a read for what sets Soom’s texture apart from so many you’d find on the grocery shelves.

Together, the taste and texture of high-quality tahini create a super versatile product that you’ll want to add to every dish. Trust us.


If I purchase high-quality tahini, do I still need to mix it?

Yes, absolutely! No matter how high-quality the product is, you will need to emulsify it somehow. For good tahini, it should only require a little shake or stirring with little to no effort. If the product has been sitting on a shelf for a long time, store the jar upside down to let the oils seep back into the product. Separation is natural, especially in a sesame butter like Soom’s, which is preservative-free. Just shake the jar (with the lid on!) or gently stir the product to re-emulsify. When tahini badly separates, sometimes what’s left at the bottom is unusable. This means that you will be able to use the entirety of your Soom jar. But if you’re like some and want every drip of goodness, take the remnants out of the container, drop in some oil, and blend with an immersion blender or high-speed blender! If you want the good good, make sure to stock back up.


What should I look for when purchasing sesame butter?

Look for a tahini that’s light in color. Keep an eye out for excessive oil separation in the jar. The oil, which naturally separates, could suggest the product is old. Be sure to check the nutrition label, too (sometimes not all of the ingredients are listed!). Added sugar and sodium levels should read 0. In fact, ideally sesame is the only ingredient used! 


How do we know where the sesame seeds come from? 

Most brands that sell tahini don’t list the seeds’ source, and this is a crucial factor in finding high-quality sesame butter. The variety and sourcing of the seed is indicative of the quality and flavor of the tahini. Ethiopian White Humera sesame seeds, the seeds that we use for Soom Tahini, produce a nutty, velvety product thanks to the high meat to oil ratio! It’s thought that the sesame seeds derived from Ethiopia produce the highest quality tahini in the world. 


How should I store tahini?

It honestly depends on your consistency preferences! You can store it in the pantry if you prefer a silky, velvety, smooth consistency. Or, you can keep it in the fridge for a consistency similar to a nut butter at room temperature. If you decide to store your sesame butter outside the fridge, keep it away from any heat source or any liquid. No matter where you keep the tahini, always use a fresh spoon when scooping tahini from the jar because saliva or any wet substance will make the tahini go rancid. Learn more about the best ways to store tahini based on your preferences.


How do I know if my tahini has gone bad? Does tahini go bad?

The product becomes rancid when tahini comes in contact with water. So, always always always use a fresh, clean, dry spoon when scooping tahini from the jar. It can also taste poorly if stored improperly, like near a heat source. If it’s gone rancid, it will give off a sharp smell. Trust your instincts and discard your tahini if it doesn’t smell right. Keep in mind that if the product has separated, this doesn’t mean it’s gone bad. Separation is 100% natural!


Where can I find sesame butter beyond the grocery store shelves?

Don’t limit yourself to the sesame butter that’s only located on grocery shelves. Seek out brands that sell online, too, like us, since our tahini hasn’t made it to every state’s grocery shelves. However, you can search for stores that sell Soom.

Did you know that Soom is also found in restaurants across North America? Chefs from all types of cuisines find fresh and interesting ways to incorporate Soom onto their menus, in both sweet and savory dishes. Their passion for our tahini is humbling. Be sure to follow us on our social channels, like Instagram and Facebook, where we often showcase our incredible restaurant and chef partners!