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Check out the wide variety of saffron recipes that we offer. We have a mixture of Indian, Mediterranean, Iranian, and Vegetarian Recipes. We also have a selection of grade 1 sargol saffron that you can buy here.

There are also a lot of informational articles about saffron that you can find as well here. 

Preparing Saffron for use in cooking:

Since heat releases saffron’s flavor essence, it needs to be steeped in hot water, broth, or even alcohol before being added to food.  Pre-soaking also allows the color to disperse throughout the food.

Preferred Method – For every teaspoon of saffron, add 3 teaspoons of liquid; using a spoon make sure that the saffron threads get properly soaked (do not crush the threads).  Let the saffron soak for a minimum of two hours.  The mixture can be left soaking for as long as twelve hours, but two hours will give you the proper results.  The leaves will expand to 1 1/2 times their dry size.

Quick Method – If you are in a hurry or have forgotten to soak the saffron, add 5 teaspoons of liquid for every teaspoon of saffron; let soak for 20 minutes.  Using the back of a spoon or in your ceramic mortar, mash the threads so that a thick paste is formed.  You can then add the paste to the dish when required.

Toasting Method – Carefully and slowly toast threads in a heavy skillet over low heat (watch carefully and do not allow to burn – burned saffron threads are irretrievable and unusable). T hen grind threads into a powder and use as directed in the recipe.

 

Cooking with Saffron:

The rule is that a “little saffron” will go a long way.  When determining how much saffron to use in cooking, remember that the saffron flavor will be stronger the second day.  In general, just use a pinch in soups and stews that serve 4 to 6 people.

Saffron is especially good when used in cooking seafood dishes such as bouillabaisse and paella.  It is also used in risotto and other rice dishes.  Try adding some to your next beef stew or tomato-based sauce.  To make a wonderful marinade for fish, add saffron threads, garlic, and thyme to vinegar.  Saffron is also used in bread and cake cooking.  Use your imagination and be creative when using saffron in your cooking.

 

Saffron Recipe Cooking Tips:

If your saffron recipe includes liquid (water, broth, or wine), use a little bit of it and pour over the saffron.

Turmeric may be substituted for the color properties, not not the flavor.

Do not use wooden utensils when mixing saffron. Wood utensils tend to absorb saffron easily. Since saffron is expensive, you don’t want to waste it.

We hope you enjoy all the saffron recipes that we have to offer. We add daily so back to find more!