Using Saffron in Cooking
1 – For saffron consumption: For drawing saffron, a bowl made of zinc is the most excellent choice. Saffron will have a stronger color if rubbed saffron is combined with boiled water.
2 – For saffron consumption: More color will be acquired from saffron if more saffron powder is used and the boiled water is hotter. Simply put, the color of the saffron will become stronger if the rubbed saffron is mixed with hot water.
Sometimes, when a few amount of saffron is added, its color is more enhanced. The solution can be preserved inside the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Note: If you consume 3-5 grams of saffron, it may completely harm your liver. Experts advise pregnant women not to consume too much saffron.
Preparing Saffron in Cooking:
Since heat releases the flavor essence of saffron, it must be steeped in boiling water, alcohol or even broth before adding to any food. You can also pre-soak it to enable the color to disperse all throughout the food.
Ideal Way of Consuming Saffron:
For each teaspoon of saffron, you have to add 3 tsp of liquid. Using a spoon, ensure that the threads of saffron get soaked properly. Allow the saffron to soak for about 2 hours. The saffron mixture can be soaked for as long as 12 hours, but 2 hours can already give you your desired results. The saffron leaves will enlarge to 1 ½x their size when dry.
Instant Way of Consuming Saffron:
If you forget to soak the saffron, just add 5 tsp of liquid for each tsp of saffron; let it soak for at least 20 minutes. Using a spoon, mash the saffron threads to form a thick paste. When required, you can add the paste to the food or dish.
Toasting Method of Consuming Saffron:
Toast the saffron threads carefully in a skillet. Watch it carefully and don’t allow the saffron to burn, as heated threads of saffron are unusable and irreparable. Then, grind the saffron threads into powder and use according to what is stated in the recipe.
How to Use Saffron in Cooking:
In saffron cooking, the general rule of thumb is to use a little saffron.
When identifying the amount of saffron to use when cooking, bear in mind that the flavor of the saffron will get stronger on the second day.
Just use a pinch of saffron powder in stews and soups that can serve 4-6 people.
Saffron is great when used in cooking dishes like paella and bouillabaisse. It is also used in rice recipes such as risotto and others. To make your tomato-based sauce and beef stew taste more delightful, add some saffron to them.
To have a delightful fish marinade, add garlic, thyme, and saffron threads to vinegar. Saffron is also used in baking cake and bread. Make use of your imagination and creativity in saffron cooking.