If you’re cooking a lot, you’re probably using tons of vegetable oil on a regular basis. Over time, that can get quite expensive, especially if you’re trying to use some healthier oils, like canola oil or olive oil. But there is a way you can have some healthy vegetable oil without spending a lot of money.
Just make your own! Yes, that sounds simple but it’s not that easy, it requires some effort, but with the right instructions almost anyone can do it. So, in this article, we will teach you how to make sesame oil in your home!
But, before we can get to that, we need to lay some groundwork.
What Is Sesame Oil?
Well, in short, it’s a vegetable oil made from sesame seeds, but there’s more to that.
For starters, it is one of the oldest types of vegetable oil known to man, used since ancient times all over the world. Even today it continues to be quite popular and is used for a lot of different things, not just cooking. It’s used in alternative medicine and home remedies due its richness and it is also used for traditional massages in some parts of Asia.
However, despite its popularity, it is not as widespread as other types of vegetable oil. This is mostly due to the difficulty in harvesting sesame and extracting the oil from it. If you’re wondering why store-bought sesame oil is so expensive, that’s the reason. Sesame itself is cheap though and producing sesame oil on a small scale is inexpensive, so it’s the ideal choice for making your own vegetable oil.
Because of this, you can find sesame oil sold by people producing it at home, usually on markets and it is cheaper than the store-bought variety. Making it yourself is even cheaper, though, and safer.
At the end of this article, we will teach you how to do just that. But first, let’s go over another reason why sesame oil is the right choice.
The Health Benefits Of Sesame Oil
What you’re putting in your body is important, and while the amount of vegetable oil you use for a single meal might not seem like a lot, it still matters.
Some people might think that almost any vegetable oil is the same and that it doesn’t matter which one you use as long as you’re not using grease. But that’s also wrong, and some vegetable oils have been proven to be even unhealthier than grease.
Sesame oil, however, is among the healthiest and most nutrient-rich vegetable oils you can find. In this regard, it’s even comparable to olive oil, with some people considering it to be better!
But let’s break it all down and go into details.
For starters, due to being rich in zinc, sesame oil is great for your skin! It helps eliminate different skin conditions, reduces the effects of premature aging and it delays the appearance of age spots. In traditional medicines, it’s used to treat fungal infections on the skin.
It also contains a wide variety of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including two named after sesame – sesamol and sesamin. They help keep your cholesterol low, and your cardiovascular system remains healthy. Basically, it protects you from strokes and heart attacks.
Sesame oil also acts as a natural blood thinner, reducing your blood pressure significantly, so it helps a lot if you’re suffering from high blood pressure. However, if you have low blood pressure or are taking blood thinners, you should avoid it.
Another key component in sesame oil is tyrosine, a substance which can promote serotonin secretion in the brain. This can help you feel happier and better, especially if you suffer from depression or anxiety.
It’s also good for your teeth, and dentists recommend doing “oil pulling” with it, which involves swishing it around in your mouth then spitting it out. This creates a protective layer on your teeth and helps keep them free from plaque, due to its great anti-bacterial effect.
There’s more, but if we listed it all, we would be here all day. By now you’re probably itching to learn how to make this great oil at home, so let’s get down to it.
The Recipe For Sesame Oil
Making sesame oil is not an incredibly complicated process, but it requires plenty of time and effort so don’t think it will be a breeze. You might mess it up once or twice, but that’s okay. However, if you follow our instructions, you should probably be fine.
To start with, you should buy sesame seeds as fresh as possible, since it’s best to make oil from seeds at their ripest and freshest.
Once you have the seeds, you need to toast them first. You can do this on your stove by putting them in a large frying pan. Another method is to place them on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 350 degrees. Either way, you should toast them for around 5 minutes, then remove them, and toast them again for 10 to 20 minutes.
Watch the seeds closely while they are toasting. When they’re brown, and you smell a nutty aroma, they’re done, and you should remove them to cool.
At this point, you should mix them with sunflower oil or peanut oil. You should use four cups of sunflower oil for one cup of sesame seeds. Mix them in a pan then put them on the stove for a few more minutes, using medium heat.
After this, you should put the mixture in a blender and blend it until the seeds are crushed into tiny pieces. Remove the mixture from the blender and let it sit for around two hours.
Pour the mixture you have into an empty bowl that’s covered with some clean cheesecloth or sterile gauze. With this, you have successfully extracted the oil. Now put it in an airtight container and let it sit in a cold place, possibly the refrigerator, for a few weeks or, if you want to be sure, a month, before using it.
In case you used peanut oil, the process is a bit different. You should remove the mixture from the blender when it becomes paste-like. There is no need to let it sit for two hours, only around 45 minutes after which the oil will rise to the top. Then you just have to scoop the oil off the top, and you’re done.
Either way, you now have a good batch of sesame oil that you can use for cooking or a wide variety of other uses.
So, that’s the end of our tutorial for the day! We hope you enjoyed this article and that you found it useful. We’re sure you’ll have no trouble applying what you learned here today and that you will find a lot of uses for the sesame oil you get from this process.
If you think the process can be improved or you have some questions, please, feel free to comment on this article. You can also share it so others can learn how to make sesame oil and save money on buying it.
We hope you enjoy using your sesame oil and good luck cooking!