How to Toast Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is a plant-based oil that is traditionally used in place of butter and other saturated fats in cooking and baking. While several varieties of sesame oil exist, the two most common include oil which is cold-pressed and that which is toasted. Due to the increased labor associated with it, toasted sesame oil is usually much more expensive than that which is cold-pressed. Learning how to toast sesame oil, therefore, not only helps you save money, but can dramatically improve your health and well-being.
Prepare the pan in which the sesame oil is to be toasted by cleaning and drying it thoroughly.
Warm the pan.
- Place the clean, dry pan on a stove top burner set to medium heat. It is important to use a hot pan to toast the oil.
- Ideally, you should be able to feel heat radiating from the surface of the pan before you pour in the oil. Hold your hand a few inches above the pan. If you can only hold your hand in this position for a few seconds before the temperature becomes too much, the pan is ready for toasting.
Pour the cold-pressed sesame oil into the pan.
- Start by pouring a small amount of the sesame oil into the heated pan. Carefully grip the handle of the pan with your dominant hand, and slowly rotate the pan from side to side. Keep the liquid moving during its entire cooking time to prevent possible burning of the sesame oil. The sesame oil is properly toasted when it acquires a golden brown color. In addition, a rich, nutty scent will begin to develop. When this occurs, remove the pan from the heat source.
Transfer the hot oil carefully into a glass bowl, and allow the oil to cool to room temperature.
- If you want to toast more oil than the pan can accommodate at one time, you can repeat the process until you have prepared the desired amount.
Store the sesame oil.
- After all of the toasted oil has reached room temperature, it can be placed in an airtight container. This container can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 year. Be sure to put a label on the container indicating the product and its preparation date.
- Toasted sesame oil can also be kept in the freezer. Unlike refrigerated oil, frozen products can usually be stored for longer than 1 year, given that they are kept in airtight containers. Always allow the product to defrost completely before using in recipes. In addition, you may want to consider tasting a small amount of frozen toasted sesame oil before use to ensure it is still satisfactory.
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