• Saffron’s flavor is especially delicious in the following: mussel broths and soups; chicken, lamb, leek, tomato, and eggplant dishes; vanilla or honey ice cream; sweet yeast breads; vinaigrette and white sauces; pear and apple desserts; butter cookies and shortbread; all types of potatoes; and tea with a little honey, hot or iced.
• Store it in an airtight glass container; keep it away from heat and light .
• If a recipe directs you to powder saffron threads, don’t use a wooden mortar and pestle; it will absorb the spice and the flavor.
• Steep saffron threads a minimum of twenty minutes in hot broth, water, or milk or room-temperature citrus juice, white wine, or vinegar to release their flavor. Don’t strain the threads out, however; the threads continue to release flavor, so use both the threads and liquid in your recipe.
• If you are substituting powdered saffron for threads, use half as much powder.
• If cooking with saffron stains your hands, you can remove the stains with vinegar.
• Saffron bread will always be more flavorful the second day.