Refreshing the pantry with one of the oldest oils used for cooking

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Black sesame seeds in Asian medicine are associated with heating energy and have a different flavor profile than their white counterparts. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Surprisingly, tiny sesame seeds are composed of approximately 50% oil. Roasters are often toast over an open fire for a dark color and depth of flavor. Akin to making extra virgin olive oil, the production is a mechanical not chemical process. In her piece for Taste, writer Cathy Erway explores the processes of producing quality sesame oil, how to select a bottle, and the classic recipe for Tawianese Three Cup Chicken, which uses sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine.




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