A Guide to Storing Saffron
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice. From meal preparations to herbal additions, saffron has been an essential part of many households with some people opting to buy it in bulk. The good news is, you only need a small amount of it to get all the flavors and positive components.
So the question is, how should you store saffron properly to keep its taste and other vital elements?
Use the right container
Saffron should be stored in a clean, airtight container. It is important to shield the spice from circulating air to avoid exposure to high levels of moisture and humidity which could possible damage the properties of the spice.
It is best to use a small container to minimize the amount of air inside. A small container will also make it easy to get exactly the amount that you need and close it quickly.
Keep saffron away from direct light
Saffron is very sensitive to light properties and the spice tends to lose both its color and fragrance when exposed to too much light. Store it in a place that is away light exposure. You may also opt to wrap the saffron in aluminum foil before placing it inside the container to protect it from both light and air.
Check on your storage temperature
Ideally, you should store your saffron at temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees celcius but try not to store it in the fridge. The problem with refrigerating it is that it will absorb moisture (condensation) when you take it out of the refrigerator. The temperature change can cause problems including making it difficult to separate the strands and causing molds to grow.
Humidity also plays an important tole in the lifespan of the spice so it is best that you keep the humidity at around 40%.
Use it within the 2 year timeframe
Saffron has a relatively long shelf life (as compared to other spices) but the best idea is to use it within two years to keep all its flavors and positive effects.
Storing saffron is fairly easy. The formula is the right small, airtight container and the right storage.
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