Buy Saffron Powder Online
Saffron powder is one of the most expensive ingredients in the world, so when you choose to buy it, you want to make sure you’re getting top quality for your money. Saffron is usually sold in two forms; threads and powder form. Saffron powder is made by drying and grinding the whole saffron threads. Whether you choose to buy your saffron in form of threads or powder, make sure what you’re getting is the real deal.
Saffron powder dissolves into foods more easily than the threads. You also use less saffron powder, about half the amount you would use when cooking using saffron threads. Saffron gives off a much more aromatic scent when its grinder down in powder form and infused in hot water. This mixture of Saffron powder and hot water really breaks down the compounds associated with the Aroma, Flavor, and Color of the saffron. Real saffron powder will give your dishes, such as paella, a rich gold color and flavor. It infuses with water fast and that is partly why it is ideal for cooking.
A good number of traders add turmeric, paprika, and other spices into the saffron powder, making it adulterated. Sadly, it hard to tell unadulterated saffron powder with the naked eye. To test the quality of saffron you can do the following:
1. Check the color
Saffron powder is not easy to discern using color. This is because some distributors add spices to mimic the color of pure saffron. One thing you can look out for is a saffron powder that appears lighter than most. This one will most likely not be pure and should be avoided at all costs. Pure Saffron powder should be a dark red thats uniform in color.
2. Smell the saffron powder
Saffron powder has a sweet smell with a floral aroma. The aroma is sometimes described as a cross between honey and hay. If the saffron powder has no aroma, it is either fake or not fresh. A rule of thumb, Saffron should smell sweet but never taste sweet.
3. Baking soda investigation
The other test you can perform to confirm if the saffron powder is pure is called the baking soda test. Simply mix a little baking soda with some water in a beaker. Add some saffron to the mixture and if the mix turns yellow in color, then the saffron powder is pure. If the saffron powder is fake, the mix will turn a red color.
Where To Buy Saffron Powder?
When looking for saffron powder, make sure to buy only from reputable suppliers. Since this form of saffron is powdered, its susceptible to adulteration. Many illegitimate sellers will grind up their old crop or low grade saffron threads that won’t sell on the market. Although saffron powder is normally cheaper than the saffron threads, it shouldn’t be too cheap and if the price is too low, there is a high possibility that it is adulterated.
Consider buying your powder saffron from reliable distributors such as Zaran Saffron who only sells top quality saffron. When you buy your saffron powder online, do so in small quantities that you can use within six months. If you will be using your saffron powder on a daily basis, make sure you buy it or store it in an airtight container to prevent it from losing its aroma and fragrance. If exposed to moisture, it will shorten its shelf-life and minimize the quality and aroma. Saffron powder should never be refrigerated, exposed to direct light, or stored in hot temperatures.
At Zaran Saffron, we guarantee you will receive only the freshest Saffron powder made from our pure ground saffron threads. Additionally, not only do we sell you the highest quality of saffron powder, but we also package it with state of the art packaging that protects it’s from light and moisture.