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How to choose Saffron?

How to choose Saffron:

Given that saffron is the most expensive spice, great care has to be taken in choosing genuine organic saffron, which is also known as “red gold” due to its distinct colour and frightfully high price, and that is why fake saffron is often palmed off as the genuine one.

ISO 3632 Certification:

According to the bureau of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) saffron needs to meet ISO 3632 certification to be declared pure, which also indicates there has been no adulteration.

When shopping for saffron, look for deep red colour threads. High quality saffron threads will appear dark red in colour.

Corn husk is a favourite with adulterers as its resemblance is closest to saffron. All that needs to be done is to colour the corn strands suitably to palm it off as genuine saffron after adding a bit of artificial flavour. Genuine saffron can be easily identified by the distinct aroma of saffron, apart from the colour. Moreover, genuine saffron is never sweet to taste, hence the best test would be to put a small bit in your mouth and if it is the least bit sweet, it certainly is fake. Moreover, the natural colour of saffron does not wash off in water when soaked. If artificial colour has been added it will bleed when soaked in water.

Simple tip for choosing saffron:

When shopping for saffron, look for deep red colour threads. High quality saffron threads will appear dark red in colour.

 

Another indicator is the price. Nowhere can you find saffron at dirt cheap prices, and if any tout is offering you saffron at half the price, claiming that he or she has a secret source, be sure that someone has indulged in adulteration of saffron. Some people try to cheat in the weight of genuine saffron. They do not dry the saffron properly, and leave it in the shade for drying, so that a lot of moisture is retained. As saffron is sold by weight, you can end up paying more for moist saffron, which will ultimately lose weight when stored. A stigma of genuine saffron cannot weigh more than 2 mg, and it takes 250,000 saffron flowers to weigh a kg.

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How to store Saffron?

Saffron Storage Tips:

Why storage important ?

Saffron is probably the most expensive spice in the world; hence extra care needs to be taken while storing saffron. Moreover, it is the aroma of saffron that gives it the special status, and if this pleasant aroma is lost due to poor storage.The very purpose of using saffron would be lost. Storing saffron in a proper manner helps preserve its freshness, taste and aroma for a long time.Saffron is highly sensitive to light. Its one of the reasons why harvest of its flowers is before sunrise.When saffron is exposed to light, it stands to lose its aroma and taste.

Hence in order to retain saffron colour taste and aroma. It is vital to store it in an airtight container. If stored properly, the aroma of saffron can be retained for at least a year or so. It is better to store saffron in special airtight glass jars that have special lids.

What is the shelf life ?

However well you pack, preserve and store organic saffron, it should not be kept for more than two years. In order to prevent exposure to light and air, it is better to wrap saffron strands in aluminium foil, which can then be placed in the smallest container so that there is not much air circulating inside.

Where to store saffron ?

Store the bottled saffron in a cupboard, preferable a wooden cupboard as metal can get heated during summer.Saffron is best stored in a cool, dark place, where no source of light, artificial or natural can reach. Do not store saffron in a refrigerator as genuine saffron tends to absorb moisture easily once it is exposed to room temperature. If you must store it in a refrigerator, remove only the required quantity and place the container in the fridge immediately, so that moisture loss is reduced.

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