Whether creating an entree, snack or salad dressing, designers always are seeking ways to set their product apart from others on the market. One way to achieve this is by creating a unique, complex flavor profile. Dark Sesame Oil is a concentrated, easy-to-use ingredient that offers one way to add flavor dimension.
Dark sesame oil is 100% virginia oil with the strong aroma and flavor of roasted sesame. This characteristic aroma and the ingredient's more stable oxidation level are due to the fact that this sesame, unlike some other vegetable or sesame oils, is obtained by pressing the seeds rather than through hexane extraction.
The process begins with sesame seed selection, followed by scaling, cleaning and roasting. After a series of pressings, the process isolates the oil by settling and filtering the extract of the pressed seeds. This process preserves the oil's color and nutrients, as well as some delicate flavor components.
Because of the ingredient's delicate flavor characteristics, it isn't ordinarily used for frying. Rather, the oil offers a way to add flavor to products such as marinades and salad dressings. Dark sesame oil is very concentrated, so designers must take care to avoid over-use - particularly if they are accustomed to formulating with ordinary sesame oil blends. Depending on the degree of flavor intensity desired in the finished product, typical usage levels may even be as high as 25% in applications such as salad dressing.