Toasting sesame seeds is easy and fast, but it requires careful attention, because in just a moment--an answered phone call, a "Mom, could you get me some juice" later--the entire batch could be burnt. To start, place a dry skillet (cast iron or another heavy bottomed skillet is great, but other will work too) over medium heat and sprinkle the sesame seeds into it. The seeds should be in a single layer. As the seeds heat up, shake the pan or stir briefly with a wooden spoon. Now is the time to keep an eye on them. After approximately two minutes, they will be turning a golden brown. After 15 or 30 more seconds, remove from heat, and if they are already the perfect color, remove the seeds from the skillet with a metal spatula. The seeds will continue to brown as long as the skillet is hot, so if you leave them to cool in it, they may turn a shade darker than you bargained for.
Enjoy toasted sesame seeds in sesame beets, on fresh salads, or in a multitude of Asian-themed dishes.