How to Store Sesame Seeds


Sesame seeds complement breads, meats, vegetables and many other dishes. The seeds are eaten whole, used for their oil or ground into a paste. Like many foods, sesame seeds can go rancid if not stored properly. According to, this is due to the seed's high oil content. The seeds contain a natural preservative called sesamin which delays rancidity, but cannot prevent it indefinitely.

Things You'll Need

  • Airtight container
  • Plastic bags
  • Place sesame seeds (loose or in plastic bags) in an airtight container made of glass or plastic.

  • Put the container in a cool, dark cupboard or in your refrigerator. The sesame seeds should stay good in the cupboard for three months. Refrigerated, the seeds should stay good up to six months.

  • Place the sesame seeds in freezer bags and freeze them for long-term storage for up to one year. Double bag the sesame seeds to prevent them from acquiring food odors.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to Mollie Katzen, rancid sesame seeds develop a grey color.

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