How to Prepare & Use Saffron- The Correct Way!
Saffron has an amazing array of uses—from fine food and cosmetics to herbal healing and weight loss.
If you’ve purchased Saffronice saffron, the hardest part is already out of the way: you’ve found the purest, most flavorful, most potent saffron on Earth—lab tested at up to 20% higher quality than the official international standard. No small feat, considering the absolute epidemic of industrially farmed and impure saffron on the market!
The saffron you’ve invested in is grown and harvested the old-fashioned way, no pesticides or agribusiness shortcuts allowed. It’s sourced from small family farms who process their saffron the same way they have for generations—everything done by hand, air-dried for maximum freshness and quality.
But even though you have the best saffron in the world, you still have to use it the right way! After all, you wouldn’t microwave a filet mignon, or make a healthy smoothie with impure water, would you?
Food and beverage
Saffron has a million, and one uses in cooking—from teas and coffees to mains and sides, and even in desserts and salad dressings. Saffron’s delicate flavour, rich aroma, and gorgeous colour have made it an integral part of Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, and of course, Persian cuisine.
But whether you’re making paella or stir fry, Persian rice pudding or a masala tea, saffron is blessedly simple to use.
Just take about 50-100 milligrams (about 10-20 threads of saffron) and add it to whatever your heart desires! Most recipes will tell you when to add the spice, but if you’re in any doubt, a good rule of thumb is to simply drop it in for about 5 minutes in order to get that beautiful colour and heady saffron perfume.
Health and wellness
In addition to its culinary uses, saffron is prized by physicians and herbal healers for its remarkable health benefits.
New research is backing up thousands of years of traditional medical wisdom from Persia and the Far East, and showing that saffron can be used to treat everything from circulatory problems and PMS to anxiety and depression. Saffron is also an aid to clear, radiant skin and an excellent way to suppress cravings while trying to lose weight.
But there is one little catch.
If you want to use saffron for its medicinal powers, then there is something you absolutely must not do—which is the one thing that so many saffron brewing instructions tell you to do!
So whatever you do, please, please Do Not Put Saffron In Hot Liquids!
The biochemical compounds in this amazing little flower are tremendously powerful. But they’re also extremely delicate! When you dunk your saffron in a cup of boiling water, the heat breaks these compounds down very, very quickly—which vastly reduces the potency of your saffron and makes it far less effective.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but a steaming cup of saffron tea isn’t really medicine.
It’s just a very beautiful, very expensive placebo.
That’s why we at Saffronice have developed our patented cold-brewing method. It’s the perfect way to create a rich and flavorful saffron brew—without losing any of the spice’s potency or health benefits.
The method is fairly simple, but there are a couple of points to remember:
First, put about 50-100mg of saffron in a small container. You can use glass or ceramic, but please don’t use metal or plastic, as this can cause your saffron to take on an odd flavour or, even worse, to pick up harmful contaminants like BPA.
Cover your saffron with about a centimetre of finely crushed ice. Ideally, you should use ice that has been made from purified, non-chlorinated water.
Leave the saffron and the ice at room temperature in a shady place. It doesn’t have to be absolutely dark, but try not to expose saffron to direct sunlight.
When the ice has completely melted, you’ll be left with a lovely, reddish liquid that can be added to anything you like, adjusting the amount to your taste.
Your saffron brew can safely be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days. Just make sure to cover it before refrigerating.
And remember, herbal medicine is holistic and systemic. It doesn’t work on the same principles as conventional drugs. Herbal medicines take time to build up in your body—and a large part of how they work their magic is by improving and strengthening your body’s own natural defences and abilities. So if you take a few drops of saffron in your tea (The temperature must be cool enough to drink) once per day, you will begin to see the effects after a few days, or a week at the outside. If you’d like to learn more about the amazing health benefits of saffron, please check out our website, where we have much more information about the remarkable healing power of this ancient spice.
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