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    I’m going to try a new recipe (note the “try” there!) and it calls for tahini. Anyone know where I might be able to find some? Hopefully in the south end of WS or the Burien-ish area, because that is just easier for me. = )



    PCC for sure, Trader Joe’s, possibly major supermarkets. It’s not that unusual an item.



    We usually can find tahini at regular grocery stores (Safeway, QFC, Thriftway) … look near the peanut/almond butter.



    Thanks, anonyme and seaopgal!

    I tried Trader Joes, they said that tahini is one of their most-requested things that they don’t have.

    The tip on where to look for is very helpful, I asked as several stores and although a few employees knew what it was, they didn’t have any or they employees didn’t know what it was. Maybe I was not pronouncing it correctly?



    Met market has had it in the past…



    QFC near the Alaska Junction has it for sure, I’ve purchased it there. It’s by the PB



    Like others have mentioned, try the peanut butter section (it is often in a short, stout can). Most grocery stores have it but since Fred Meyer has a natural food section, they would be a good first stop. Pronunciation–“tuh-HE-knee.”



    Thanks, everyone!

    I’ll try Fred Meyer’s, that is easier for me to get to than the Junction-area stores.

    Yup, I was pronouncing it correctly, it seems the store workers just either didn’t know what it was or where they had it. Looking for a short, stout can is an important tip! = )



    ocean, if you check Fred Meyer and don’t find it in the aisle with the nut butters, check what I call the “health food section” where they have more specialty things you’d find in a store like PCC or Whole Foods. In the Burien store it used to be on the far end near the produce, but with the renovations they’re doing, not sure if it’s moved.



    Fred Meyers definitely has it. It is located in the section containing Middle Eastern foods. I believe they carry an Israeli brand.

    I have seen it at PCC but very expensive.



    Roxbury Safeway. 2nd aisle from the right, on your left, next to the Halvah.



    Thanks, all!

    Off to Fred Meyer on the way home this morning, the tips about where in the store to look are *so* helpful! If Fred’s doesn’t have it, I’ll stop at Safeway on Roxbury (also handily on the way home this morning!).

    I appreciate all the help, thank you!



    QFC Westwood has it for SURE. I’ve bought it there recently. Look next to the peanut butter for a short, white tin can the size and shape of a crisco can. It says “SESAME TAHINI” on the front in grey and orange. If it’s not next to the peanut butter, check the Kosher section. It’ll be in one of the two.



    Thriftway has it. Next to all the almond, walnut butters.



    Got it!

    Many thanks for all the help. Now, if my attempt at making the recipe could be as great as all of your help…. (Yup, cooking isn’t so much an successful thing for me.)



    What are you making, ocean? The only thing I’ve used it for is hummus, which I love … it would be nice to have another recipe to try.



    You know, if you want to save some $ and have space or friends to share, it’s pretty easy.

    Go to Cash and Carry and buy the bag of sesame seeds, then do this:


    •5 cups sesame seeds (the whole bag)

    •1 1/2 cups olive oil


    Preheat oven to 350. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes in a jelly roll pan, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 20 minutes.

    Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add most of the oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.

    Yield: 4 cups

    Storing Tahini

    Tahini should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. It will keep for up to 3 months. It will seperate, just stir it back together when it’s time to use.



    if any-one ever comes back to this thread and are planning to go to SODO, they carry it at PFI as well. any excuse for a trip to PFI! cheese……


    Michael Waldo

    You can use the can of tahini that is in stores, which I used to do. But tahini is just roasted, ground sesame seeds. There are many brands of sesame butter, also called tahini, in every grocery store. I quit using the stuff in the can when I discovered the sesame butter in jars. I think it is fresher and better. Maybe the canned stuff has a copyright on the word tahini because the other sesame butters don’t call themselves tahini but they are.



    i cna’t think when i have enjoyed a topic so much



    was at winco last week..saw tahini in bottles near the PB…of course, Winco is in Kent …:-



    I was trying to make hummus, from scratch, and there was a bit of success (“This needs LOTS more garlic” and “Um, I think I don’t like hummus any more” were the comments from the offspring….)

    Wouldn’t you know it, WSB had the listing this week for the Pitas and Hummus cooking class at the Community Center. I made the hummus Friday, and went to the cooking class today (Saturday). Turns out I probably should have added more lemon juice and garlic– I’ll try that, maybe it’s not too late? But the pitas turned out great! The instructor said that these pitas have only 4 ingredients and are quite simple, it’s not possible to ruin these pitas, to which one person immediately said, “Challenge accepted!” = )

    The instructor was correct, everyone’s pitas turned out great! She also made falafel, which worked out nicely too.

    Last night I was thinking about what to do with the rest of the tahini, and found these recipe ideas:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/832531 (scroll down to find the cheesecake shell idea!)



    There are some ideas tempting enough to get even *me* to try cooking something. = )

    Thanks again to all for so much help!



    Hi there, Ocean. I have a fail-safe hummus recipe that I’ll post on my FB page. And I haven’t made hummus in a while, so I’ll use this as an excuse! You’ll find it if you go to: https://www.facebook.com/TheKitchenImp



    Thanks, Melissa! Now, where would I find za’atar?

    = )



    World Spice Merchants or Market Spice. I think I’ve seen it at PCC, too.

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