“Today’s wastage is tomorrow’s shortage.”

The above-given quote is understood and used by only smart people and we know you are one of them.

How do we know that? 

Because you are here to look out for some ways on how to save your food from getting spoilt and that’s a sign enough that you value your food.

And so, we decided to help you in saving your tahini paste by clearing your doubts about Does tahini paste go bad?

So, food lovers and savers, are you ready to garb the details? Great then brace yourself!

Topic ‘Tahini’

“What do you call a recipe with chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil? Heaven!”

Tahini does add a touch of heaven for tahini lovers to whichever food it’s served with and that is the reason why every tahini lover wants to save it and use it before it goes bad.

But What Is Tahini Anyway? 

Tahini is a paste or simply a sauce made with roasted and pressed sesame seeds which is why it is also known as seed butter.

In simple words, you can call it a creamy sauce from the dip family that is used to make boring food interesting and better.

Now let’s enter the world of tahini and understand how to tell if tahini has gone bad? 


Source: Leelalicious
  1. Smell, see if the product smells bad or strangely different.
  2. Rancid, if there is a rancid look or odor in your tahini, the product is no longer fit for consumption.
  3. Oil, if you consume tahini regularly you would know that it’s normal for old tahini to develop some oil but if the oil has started to break down, the tahini paste will spoil to an extent of unfit for use.
  4. Molds, if there are any kinds of molds present in the tahini, you know it’s unsafe for use.


You must know that the Unpleasant Taste of Tahini is not always because of spoilage, it is made with ingredients that don’t taste too good, and hence old tahini tastes a little unpleasant.

So, while checking it out to see if it’s fine for eating or not, don’t forget to differentiate between the natural (unpleasant) taste of old tahini and its rancid taste.

We know tahini lovers and consumers are always wondering Does tahini go bad, and how do you know if it goes bad and while you have got your answer, there is still more to this conversation like tahini shelf life and its storage.

So, let’s quickly talk about these as well.

Tahini Tales

“Tahini is the Arabic name for ground sesame seeds.”

Since we are discussing the tahini tales in and out, did you know this fact before that tahini is the Arabic name for sesame seeds? No, right?

Just like that, some more unknown information and crucial details about tahini are mentioned below for you. Starting with its shelf-life discussion and how long does tahini last?

Talking about tahini’s shelf life, it is usually said that tahini is a long-lasting paste but every good thing comes to an end and so does tahini.

Yes, tahini does go bad and while it is said that it has a long shelf life, it’s not as long as you think and you also have to take proper care of its storage to save it from spoiling.

Talking about tahini paste or tahini itself, in both conditions, it lasts for about 6 to 12 months. 

Let’s discuss tahini’s storage details in depth.


Talking about does tahini need to be refrigerated?

 A sealed bottle of tahini can be stored in the pantry without any fear but if you have opened the seal then the best place to store tahini is in the refrigerator.

So, refrigerate tahini after opening is highly recommended while using the pantry or shelves for the sealed one will be a safe option.


What are the right and common storage conditions of tahini? Despite being sealed or opened, what is the right way of storing tahini?

Tahini is exactly like peanut butter, maybe not in taste as it is made with different ingredients but when it comes to storing store your tahini in a cool and dry area, away from direct heat or sunlight.

As long as tahini is away from direct sunlight it doesn’t matter if it’s kept in the pantry, cabinet, or on your countertop as this will keep your tahini like peanut butter.

Also, if you wish to store tahini in the fridge, it is perfectly fine, just make sure to always tighten the lid of the tahini jar to keep it fresh and fine, no matter what’s its place of storage is.

Let us make the storage instructions easy for you to remember with the help of this table given below for the shelf stable tahini.

    Type of Tahini    Tahini’s Condition  Place of Storage      Shelf Life
Raw sesame seedsOpenedPantry/fridge6 to 12 months
Roasted sesame seedsOpenedPantry/fridge1 to 3 years
Tahini pasteOpenedFridge6 to 12 months
Tahini pasteSealedPantry4 to 6 months

So much talk about sesame seeds yet no mention of their details? Let us now talk sesame along with tahini.

The Sesame Story

Source: Archana’s Kitchen

“Sesame seeds can help you sleep better.”

This was another fact about sesame and if you wish to sleep better, start eating the sesame seeds.

But before that, hear out the sesame story and understand how long do sesame seeds last?

Firstly, sesame seeds don’t have an expiry but a best before date which means it is absolutely fine to consume them even after their best before date has passed.

Secondly, talking about how they last, or how long they can stay good, sesame seeds are expected to have a life of around 6 to 12 months and if you store them properly, they can last longer than 12 months.

Do sesame seeds go bad? 

No, they don’t. but they can go rancid and rancid seeds as good as nothing. So, take care of your sesame seeds and come along with us to see all the FAQs on tahini.


  1. Why can tahini last so long?

Tahini lasts long because of the ingredients is it made of but if not taken proper care of, tahini will go bad.

Also, as soon as you open the jar of tahini, its clock starts clicking and the quality degradation speeds up. So, use it asap.

  1. When does Hardening of Tahini occurs?

Tahini hardens if stored in the fridge. you can keep it outside to prevent it from hardening or you can just microwave it before using it to get the soft, smooth, and juicy texture.

  1. Does tahini taste bitter?

Yes, tahini is quite bitter sometimes. It has a somewhat bitter taste and this is majorly because of poor roasting or over-roasted sesame seeds. Some brands have a better, smooth, and not-so-bitter flavor of tahini.

Done with tahini, you can now store your tahini properly and use it fearlessly.


We know the importance of dips and sauces and we also understand the importance of right storage and saving your food from getting spoilt.

On the other hand, you have to understand that tahini can go bad and become unfit for consumption, but you can increase its shelf life by taking the right care of the dip and giving it the proper storage conditions.

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