Does Saffron Go Bad? cooking ideas....

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  1. dagger

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    Found a bottle in my spice draw that must be many years old. Read it doesn't go bad just loss flavor. I know about using this in rice any liquid dish yellow color is fine. I wad thinking of grinding it up in bread crumbs used on chicken or other meats. Would the juices from the meat bring out the color & flavor of the saffron while cooking or would it be lost? Just wondering
     
  2. phatch

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    It should still give color. As to flavor, probably not so much. 
     
  3. chefedb

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    Its called SAFFRON
     
  4. dagger

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    Didn't notice the spelling, big fingers on a little tablet keyboard. Ordered Spanish Saffron by Safrante from igourmet half price sale. Lot of stuff read on saffron seams it's a love or leave it kind of spice. Lot hated the taste saying taste like plastic and you could get the yellow color from another spice with more flavor just don't remember the name.
     
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    Annato seed (or Achiote) gives a more orange color (often used to make cheese orange).  It is a Latin American spice used a lot in southern Mexican cooking.  Nice flavor but nothing like saffron at all.  I love saffron, but it can be off-putting if used with too heavy a hand.
     
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  6. cheflayne

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    turmeric
     
  7. french fries

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    more flavor than saffron? I don't think so. I love turmeric, both fresh and powder, but Saffron is in a class of its own. 
     
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    You can try to revitalize the flavour profile by toasting it in a hot oven on aluminum foil for a few moments. Then either pound it in a mortar or steep in warm liquid. It usually takes four hours to get maximum extraction warm water. It will usually last in a cool, dry place out of light for a couple of years.
     
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    So do you have a possible answer to his query?
     
  10. dagger

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    When I bake chicken thighs/cutlets before breading brush sides with mayo. Figured its like a egg&milk wash and bread crumbs stick to it. For pork chops I mix some apple juice into the mayo to give them hint of apple flavor. Bread crumbs are made from grinding up stove stop corn bread stuffing, or ritzs crackers or bag croutons also use panko bread crumbs. Most of the its a mix of them all so since I found the saffron figured why not, if anything the oil in the mayo would bring out the yellow color.
     
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    No. I don't think anything has more flavor than saffron. The query has no answer. 
     
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    Saffron is well known in this world to give a yellowy colour and not so much flavour. It is the most expensive spice in the world and is like goldust in the UK.
     
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    There are many different grades of saffron
     
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    Then you have either never eaten good saffron or  purchased real old stuff., because it has a very distinct flavor and aroma as well as color
     
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    +1. 
     
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  17. dagger

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    It comes from crocus plant I think. Can we get saffron from crocus bulbs we plant in the yard? How many strans do you need?
     
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    @Dagger   Saffron specifically comes from the purple crocus plant (crocus sativus) that is cultivated and grown in very specific regions in the world. It is the most difficult to harvest as it can only be done by hand when the flower blooms in the morning and then dies off during the day. It has a small window of harvest around three weeks in the fall AND the flower itself only has three stigmas to harvest per flower....talk about timing and intensive harvesting....lol
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