Saffron is one of the most popular spices among the people of different countries, which gives a unique aroma and colour to all kinds of food.
To express the aroma and taste of saffron, we can say that the aroma of saffron is sweet and it’s taste is a slightly bitter.
However this popular and very expensive spice can give a wonderful golden yellow colour to a Verity of foods, such as stew, rice and soup.
You can also use saffron to decorate your dishes and enjoy it’s eye-catching yellow colour.
In addition to its beautiful aroma and collar saffron Spice is also of great interests in therapeutic cases; but to benefit from its many properties you must be able to use saffron in the correct way.
Stay with us in the rest of the article to introduce you to the correct ways to use saffron.
Methods of using saffron
Brewing saffron with boiling water
Brewing saffron is one of the most common and correct ways to use it. To do this first you have to grind saffron strings.
In the next step you should put the ground saffron powder in a small bowl or a glass and add some boiling water to it until it covers the surface of the saffron.
In the next step cover the saffron and let the saffron infuse well for 30 minutes.
Then you can take an effective step in infusing the saffron earlier by placing the desired container on a samovar and exposing it to indirect heat.
Melting saffron with ice
Another way to use saffron is to dilute it. To perform this method and benefit from the beautiful colour of this Spice you must first grind saffron.
In the next step after grinding the saffron, put the saffron powder in a bowl or a glass and put some ice cubes on it.
The pieces of ice should be large enough to cover the saffron powder, so the amounts of ice depends on the amounts of your saffron powder.
In the next step with the passing of time when the ice melts at room temperature, saffron also returns its colour and dissolves in water.
Tip: after bleaching saffron by one of the above two methods, you can use this saffron to flavour and colour all kinds of foods and drinks.
In this of using saffron in the first step you have to boil water
In this method of using saffron ,in the first step you have to boil water.
In the next step, powder the saffron and pour it into a teapot. After the water boils add it to the teapot containing saffron and tea.
Let the saffron and tea brew for about 10 minutes.
At this step you can add a little cardamom and rose water to make the saffron tea tastier.
The important thing to mention for preparing saffron tea is that you can use whole strings or ground saffron.
Herbal tea of saffron
You can also use saffron as herbal tea. In this method first grind the saffron strings to obtain saffron powder. Then add saffron powder to the teapot and pour some cold water inside it.
In the next step put the teapot on the samovar. The samovar must have water and heat so that the saffron will brew with its water vapor in the teapot. After 30 minutes ,your saffron herbal tea is ready and you can enjoy it hot or cold.
You can use saffron with 4 mentioned methods; but according to the studies the best way to use saffron is to use it powder.
Cooking with saffron is very enjoyable. you can benefit from the countless benefit of this popular spice by preparing saffron rice or decorating your food with saffron.
What is Saffron used for?
Original saffron is a valuable Spice that you can consume in different ways and benefit from it’s valuable properties. The use of saffron has countless benefits for the human body and health.
Among the most important properties of saffron, the following can be mentioned:
- The ability to improve respiratory health
- Optimize the digestive system
- eliminate pain
- improve sleep patterns
- reduce bleeding
- Strengthening hear health
- increasing blood circulation
- preventing diabetes
- Strengthening bones and improve the function of the body’s immune system
Cooking with saffron and using it in different dishes is one of the ways to benefit from its properties.
How to eat saffron
You can mix it in with tea leaves or add other herbs and spices. Recipes can vary; but generally involve boiling water in a saucepan and then adding saffron and other ingredients. Let the saffron steep the way you would let a teabag sit in hot water, for about 5 to 8 minutes then remove threads and enjoy.
What is saffron used for in cooking
Cooking with saffron and also using it in the production of desserts such as; fruit cakes, cake powder, candies and saffron cookies are used.
In addition saffron can be used as a flavouring and colouring agents to produce saffron tea, saffron milk) cold drinks( saffron drinks, saffron ice cream, saffron jelly).
Saffron is a precious product that is cultivated in an area from China and India to the distant parts of Spain and Morocco. Today saffron is included in the food basket of many people of the world as a tasty and fragrant spice.
Although saffron was used in the distant past because of its beautiful colour and exceptional flavour, and in recent years, due to the tendency to use natural additives instead of chemical types in food, the use of saffron has increased.
Today various food factories used saffron in the preparation of sausage and margarine.
Also saffron is used as a natural and healthy flavouring and colouring in some soft drinks, jelly, ice cream, chocolate, candy, cake, cookie and breadcrumbs.
Indians and Arabs are among the biggest consumers of saffron. Arabs use saffron to prepare various foods and also special tea. You should use saffron for preparing the Arabic coffee.
In Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland, they also use saffron to prepare their famous saffron rice, risotto.
The French also know saffron well and use saffron in preparing all kinds of food.
- In the end, we must say that in addition to the mentioned benefits of saffron, some research shows that the compounds in Saffron have an effect on the treatment of some types of cancer in laboratory animals.