Sunday, November 9, 2014

How to prepare and use saffron for cooking Plus a giveaway

As promised her's a quick guide on how to use and take care of your delicate and expensive spice.








Buying:

Before you bring it home make sure to always buy the best quality saffron you can afford. Buy it in threads not powder to ensure quality and that you are not cheated upon. Iranian and Spanish saffron are the most well known for their quality.







Storage:

 Store in airtight container in cool, dry and dark place. I usually keep the bag I am currently using in the fridge and the ones I am not using in the freezer,  but make sure to tightly pack it in a small plastic bag so that it doesn't pick up smells from the surrounding items.



Usage: 

When you want to use saffron for cooking, take 1 tsp and grind it with a small sugar cube. The sugar cube will make grinding the tiny saffron thread easier and also enhance the sweet saffron flavor.





Dissolve the resulting powder in 2 Tbs hot water. Let it stand for at lease 10 minutes before using. You can keep any left over saffron water in the fridge for up to a week. You can add more hot water to it when you take it out to use again.





If using for rice or chicken you can also add metlted butter to the saffron water and pour the whole thing over steamed rice or to brush the chicken/meat pieces with it.




Now for the giveaway. Five lucky winners will win 1 gram of Iran's highest quality saffron threads. I brought these with me when I visited Iran last summer. Here's how to enter:

1- Go to my Facebook fan page. Like my page. Like the post I will put linking to this blog post.

2- Comment in Facebook how do you usually use saffron, and if you haven't tried it before comment how you would like to use it (dessert/ drink/ savory?)

3- That's it. I will randomly choose five winners from the comments in Facebook. Giveaway ends Dec 10 2014. I will announce the winners shortly after on Facebook and contact the winners (also through Facebook).


Disclaimer:

- This is not a sponsored post. I bought the saffron with my own money.

- No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway.

- It is the readers responsibility to check with their country's regulation regarding receiving spice in the mail. In any case I will send the saffron to the specified destination but I do not guarantee that the winner will receive it. 

11 comments:

  1. Very informative post my friend. I use saffron all the time so will keep your tips in mind. Thank you for sharing.

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