Are you storing your saffron correctly? In this ultimate guide, our team shares tips to make sure your saffron remains flavorful in your kitchen till you’re ready to use it.
Saffron can be called the superstar of your spice cabinet. You therefore need to treat it in the right way so that it elevates your culinary creations to starry heights of flavor, color and aroma.
It is not difficult to achieve the right storage conditions for saffron. Just take care of a few basics.
A container is the main barrier that protects your saffron from bacteria and moisture. It also prevents saffron’s volatile aromatic compounds from evaporating.
When you expose saffron to oxygen and moisture or humidity, it starts to lose its potency of aroma and flavor. The best way to store saffron is to keep it in a clean, airtight container.
Every time you open the container, a small amount of aroma escapes and moisture can get in. We recommend that you use a small container in which there is no space for excess air.
If you don’t use saffron too often, wrap the container in aluminum foil. The foil adds an extra layer of protection from light, air and moisture.
The Storage Space
Once you have selected an appropriate container for storing your saffron, place it in a cool and dry spot away from sunlight.
Ideally, keep the saffron container in a kitchen cabinet that is not exposed to direct sunlight.
Ensure that the cabinet or drawer is not close to where you often work with water. This will reduce the chance of exposure to moisture and humidity.
Wooden cabinets or drawers are better than metal ones because they absorb less heat.
Often, people store saffron in the refrigerator. Avoid this, especially if you use saffron frequently.
Cold saffron from the refrigerator attracts condensation. Increased moisture level from condensation will eventually diminish the potency of your saffron.
Remember that a cool (not cold!), dark and dry storage environment is ideal for saffron.
Age of the Saffron Matters
Properly stored saffron can last for many years. However, we recommend that you consume it within two years. Beyond that, your saffron will start to lose its flavor and fragrance gradually.
As you can see, storing saffron is not rocket science. All you need is a clean, airtight container and keep it in the right spot. Are you storing your saffron correctly now?
To ensure that your saffron remains fresh for a long time for you to enjoy, always use a high-quality, pure and chemical-free saffron like Prins Willem.
Prins Willem saffron is packed in a tamper-proof, air-tight and resealable container. The containers have a special design that protects the delicate saffron strands till you need them.