I'm the same joannabanana. For months, I used raw tahini in recipes (like the zuchini hummus) and I always had to make sure that there wasn't too much tahini flavour. I too found it really bitter, and if I got a bit on my finger, I would wash it off instead of licking it.
LOL, now I can't get enough. If I am making something I have to be careful that I don't end up eating tons of tahini by itself.
Valgal, I would definitely try it in recipes as it gives a lovely flavour and creaminess, and in time you may come to love it (no worries if you don't though).
I'm with you, valgal123. Didn't like it before I was eating raw & don't like it now. Ditto sesame oil. I use macadamia nut or cashew nut butter if I need an oily butter. Or a little evoo. But no tahini. That's just me, though. When I was expecting my first several decades ago, the smell put me off and I've never gotten over it. Funny how having a baby changes everything forever, eh? :) I figure I'm just leaving more tahini for those that truly like it....
For years the only thing I used it for was hummus, regular cooked type. Going raw, I've used it for other things, and I really don't care for it. It was "necessary" for real hummus, but now, ugh...nah, I have no use for it any more. I tried using up what was left of it, while in a chocolate phase (which I also no longer have a use for!) by adding them together with agave (come to think of it, I've stopped buying that, too!). That wasn't too bad! But I think chocolate can cover the taste of almost anything!
Yes, you guys are alone!! =D I LOVE tahini. But I have noticed some brands are WAY more bitter than others. I am often lazy and just buy it instead of making it. The brand I have now seems to be the least bitter.
But it is so good in dips, pates, salad dressings, cookies, carob spirulina balls.....
You are not alone, while I don't HATE it (like I do cilantro) I don't like it and won't buy it but have had a few raw dishes that included it at potlucks and they were OK. Even with hummus I do not like plain flavors because of the tahini, I usually go with red pepper or my favorite of horseradish(but haven't figured that one out raw yet).
i hate tahini too and i've eaten it several times and never got used to it. tried different kinds, etc.
i don't mind it mixed in really well with hummus so long as you can't really taste the tahini haha... but that's about it. I still have a huge jar chillin' from like last year in my fridge because i can't bring myself to eat it.. (it's probably bad by now, but I forget about things haha)