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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hot Shopping Tip

Act now! Sur la Table has La Mancha Oro Saffron at 50% off. The tin looks big, and I called to ask just how much it holds. Okay, people, 10 oz. Spanish saffron for $35! With luck, this box will tide me over until my own domestic saffron produces enough to meet my needs (as it is now, a season's harvest produces enough for just one pan of risotto).

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Blogger Sylvia said...

MB always brings back a ton of saffron from Morocco. He's appalled by the fake stuff here.

June 21, 2007 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger janeannechovy said...

? I'm curious as to how you can fake saffron. I know I tried to buy saffron in Egypt many years ago, and bought something the seller insisted was (ground) saffron. I still have no idea what it really is.

But I dunno--would they be selling threads from other kinds of flowers? But other crocuses don't have the long red threads like saffron crocuses do. I know Spanish saffron is prized; probably something about the climate and the long cultivation history makes for the best flavor. I'm still intrigued by the possibility of eventually producing all my own, however.

June 21, 2007 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger MWR said...

You can make mock saffron by very carefully scraping off the outside of Ritz crackers with an X-acto knife.

Or perhaps I'm thinking of mock apple pie.

I've heard for years that Iranian saffron puts all others to shame, specifically Spanish, but I've never been able to sample it. This has been the main consequence to me, so far, of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

June 21, 2007 at 7:35 PM  

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