How do you make saffron powder from threads?
The rule of thumb with saffron is always a little bit goes a long way. But how much saffron threads need to be used in order to fully experience its effects?
The answer is- not many! It’s less about how many saffron threads to use and more about how you prepare and use them.
There are two ways to get the most out of your saffron threads but they both require the same thing- soaking. And not just 10 minutes of soaking, but hours of soaking or even a full day.
The first method is to create liquid saffron using saffron threads. We’ve spoken about how to do this here.
The second method is to use saffron powder when creating liquid saffron which is quicker and thus in a way more effective!
Cooking with saffron is not as simple as cooking with other spices. To extract the health benefits and flavour of saffron you must first make a saffron liquid. The catch is, in order to make saffron liquid you have to start the night before you cook to get the most out of the spice. When you are time-poor or didn’t prepare properly, cooking with saffron gets hard.
Remember, there is no substitute for saffron. No other spice or flavouring can compare to the real saffron’s distinctive flavor which is why it’s the worlds most expensive spice and why it is important you prepare your saffron properly.
There is, however, a saffron threads substitute when it comes to preparing saffron liquid quickly. And that substitute is saffron powder.
When comparing saffron powder vs threads they may appear to be the exact same product with a different consistency, which is correct. However, consistency is an important difference and the reason saffron powder can be a better option than threads.
Making saffron powder is the best way to get the most out of your saffron fast and it is very easy to make.
First, you need a small amount of saffron or however much the recipe calls for. Usually, you will need about 20 threads or a pinch, but if you are planning to cook with saffron again within the week you can do this with a gram of saffron too.
The pure saffron must be completely dry. Once you have measured how much saffron you need, crush it in a mortar and pestle until it is pulverised into powder.
It’s important to reiterate that for this to work, the saffron threads must have absolutely no moisture or humidity carried in the threads as this will ensure you will be able to pulverise them properly.
Once your saffron is crushed into powder pour a pinch of the grounded saffron into warm water and watch the magic happen as the water quickly turns yellow from the deep red saffron powder.
High-quality saffron will dilute and give colour to your water instantly. However, you will still need to wait about 2-3 hours if you want to get the absolute most of your saffron liquid.
You can use the saffron liquid in cooking or for saffron tea. The liquid lasts up to four days in the fridge so make sure you take advantage of this versatile and delicious spice.
You can always buy ready saffron powder but if you are short on time saffron (crocus sativus flower) threads work perfectly.