My Favorite Tahini Just Got Even Better — And I Think You’re Gonna Love It

published Aug 4, 2021
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We’re big believers in tahini here at Kitchn. The Middle Eastern sesame seed paste is in just about every one of our editors’ refrigerators, to be whisked into a creamy sauce for salads and grain bowls, blended into hummus, or even baked into cookies. And me? Well, I might as well be the captain for Team Tahini, because I truthfully reach for it on a daily basis.

What rooted my love for the condiment so many years ago? Brands like Seed + Mill, headquartered in New York City’s Chelsea Market, which makes tahini that’s the farthest thing from the chalky, dusty kind you might find at your run-of-the-mill grocery store. The Seed + Mill tahini is nutty, rich, and luxuriously smooth. I barely even have to stir it when I open the jar.

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In short: Seed + Mill tahini is perfect and I’ve never felt it needed to be tinkered with. However, I just got my hands on their brand new tahini and quickly changed my tune because they have tinkered. They blended my all-time favorite spice blend, za’atar, into their tahini. And they’ve come up with pure magic!

Buy: Seed + Mill Organic Za’atar Tahini, $40 for three 16-ounce jars

If you’re unfamiliar with za’atar, allow me to introduce you. The Middle Eastern dry spice blend is a mixture of sesame seeds, oregano, thyme, and sumac (a uniquely tangy, lemony spice). Some blends, including Seed + Mill’s, also contain cumin and coriander. The result is something that’s ultra savory and earthy, with a punch of tartness.

Za’atar is a natural match with just about all Middle Eastern ingredients — especially tahini, which is why Seed + Mill’s new jar is so dreamy. They blended lots of za’atar right into their classic tahini to result in a version that’s full of extra flavor. I’ve been using it in place of regular tahini in just about all of my usual favorites. It makes for extra-jazzy salad dressings, from-scratch hummus, and even pasta sauce. Because it’s so savory, the only place it really doesn’t work is in sweets like tahini energy balls and granola, but that’s okay because I still always keep a plain jar on hand, too.

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