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 Post subject: what is the difference between these items? (sesame oil)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:31 pm 
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the lighter one says Sesame Oil and the darker one says sesame SEED oil.
other than the color and one word what is the difference?

i used them interchangably.

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is the dark one toasted?

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The one on the right looks toasted. In my experience, toasted sesame oil has a much stronger flavor and is usually used to flavor finished dishes or sauces rather than for frying.


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it definitely had a stronger smell so i think you guys are right. it must be toasted.

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They are NOT the same - the toasted/dark kind is the most delicious thing ever, while the non-toasted/light doesn't have a very distinct taste.
You can fry/sauté with the light one, while the dark one should be treated like a spice or taste-giver: you can add it to salads, marinades, pour over stir fries in the end etc..


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smoothie wrote:
They are NOT the same - the toasted/dark kind is the most delicious thing ever, while the non-toasted/light doesn't have a very distinct taste.
You can fry/sauté with the light one, while the dark one should be treated like a spice or taste-giver: you can add it to salads, marinades, pour over stir fries in the end etc..


I came here to say exactly the same but Smoothie beat me to it :)


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 Post subject: Re: what is the difference between these items? (sesame oil)
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:27 am 
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But it's weird that the one on the right doesn't say toasted. I've never seen a toasted one that doesn't say it.

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I've used the one on the right, and it's most definitely toasted! great final touch for stir-frys and asian-style salads.


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Um, I think Im doing it wrong. Ive been using my toasted sesame oil to saute veggies and tofu for years now.

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IsaChandra wrote:
But it's weird that the one on the right doesn't say toasted. I've never seen a toasted one that doesn't say it.

I wonder if it does say it in the ingredient list, rather than on the front of the label?

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I've noticed a lot of sesame oil at Asian/import stores doesn't say toasted but definitely is. Maybe that's like the default sesame oil so they don't bother differentiating?


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Whatever it is, it makes me angry.

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Lily wrote:
smoothie wrote:
They are NOT the same - the toasted/dark kind is the most delicious thing ever, while the non-toasted/light doesn't have a very distinct taste.
You can fry/sauté with the light one, while the dark one should be treated like a spice or taste-giver: you can add it to salads, marinades, pour over stir fries in the end etc..


I came here to say exactly the same but Smoothie beat me to it :)
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IsaChandra wrote:
Whatever it is, it makes me angry.


*smashes bottles on the ground and storms out of the kitchen*

the back of hte bottle in a little blurb it says it is "extracted from roasted sesame seeds" or something like that.

i totally used it to saute and i am unrepentant.

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 Post subject: Re: what is the difference between these items? (sesame oil)
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Maybe it's black sesame oil?

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If you use toasted sesame oil to cook, just be aware that it has a much lower smoke point than light (especially refined) sesame oil. That (and the fact that it's got such a strong flavor) is why it's considered more of a flavoring oil than a cooking oil.

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Not only do most of the brands I see *not* say that it's toasted, I don't think I've *ever seen untoasted sesame oil*. Is that not the way it's supposed to be?

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Untoasted seems to be more of a heath food store thing. I've never really seen it in Asian import stores.


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I scouted at the Asian supermarket today and there was only one brand (out of maybe 15+) that was marked toasted. The rest were pure sesame oil, pure black sesame oil, sesame/vegetable oil mixes, chili sesame oil, vegetarian sesame oil (there's a couple of brands that like to mark that, such as vege usa) and the one toasted, which was lighter than most. So, that was fun.

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OK I guess I don't buy mine in the Asian supermarket. Spectrum, Eden, Tarder Joes and Whole Foods brand all say toasted. This would be a really cool idea for a blogpost! If only there were a vegan blog...

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Hmmm....is it bad to use the toasted sesame oil to stir fry tofu / veggies? I've done that from time to time....maybe I should stick with grapeseed oil for that? Didn't realize that toasted sesame oil isn't really meant to be cooked!

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IsaChandra wrote:
OK I guess I don't buy mine in the Asian supermarket. Spectrum, Eden, Tarder Joes and Whole Foods brand all say toasted. This would be a really cool idea for a blogpost! If only there were a vegan blog...


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Hmmm....is it bad to use the toasted sesame oil to stir fry tofu / veggies? I've done that from time to time....maybe I should stick with grapeseed oil for that? Didn't realize that toasted sesame oil isn't really meant to be cooked!


I don't think it's bad, I would simply use it sparingly. When I make fried rice, for example (which seems to be the 'normal' way to do it), it's usually started with a bit vegetable/canola oil and then at the very end, I add a tiny drizzle of toasted sesame oil for flavor after the rice is in there.

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