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Where to buy Saffron?

Tommy C Jun 13, 2007 01:25 PM

Hello all,

Looking to make paella, and in need of saffron. Any ideas where I can find it?

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    chefstu RE: Tommy C Jun 13, 2007 06:53 PM

    Often I buy mine at an Indian grocery store, rather than a foodservice wholesaler.
    They usually have the best price.

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      financialdistrictresident RE: chefstu Jun 15, 2007 02:44 AM

      Dual Specialty Store 91 1st Avenue in EV, 212-979-6045 is one possibility. I buy cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, harissa, etc. there. Outer Boroughs may have even cheaper options.

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        MikeG RE: chefstu Jun 18, 2007 07:42 AM

        Either the Indian stores or if they exist near you, a Persian or Iranian market (for Iranian saffron which we can now get legally). Usually it's very good quality Spanish saffron, date marked, at about 1/4 to 1/10 the price of even Penzey's let alone supermarket or Trader Joe's, etc. prices. What I've seen of the Iranian saffron is usually a little more expensive but arguably somewhat better quality. I wish I could find a local source for Kashmiri saffron (Penzey's sells at ~$8+ / g or $225/oz!!) but so far, no luck...

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          wahid RE: MikeG Oct 17, 2011 02:10 PM

          Kashmiri Saffron humm...i'll let you know when my Mom is going to send me. Maybe we can workout a deal ;)

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        RGR RE: Tommy C Jun 13, 2007 09:56 PM

        Kalustyan's, on Lex, b/t 28th & 29th Sts., carries saffron.

        1. cincomomo RE: Tommy C Jun 13, 2007 10:36 PM

          trader joes! you get get them in thread form there.

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            bluishgnome RE: Tommy C Jun 17, 2007 07:43 PM

            I got a small bottle of it from Citarella. Not sure if the quality was the best, but it made my paella taste great.

            1. Striver RE: Tommy C Jun 18, 2007 05:31 AM

              Penzey's has three grades of saffron - check with the knowledgeable staff to determine which is best suited for your needs.

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                Tommy C RE: Striver Jun 18, 2007 09:36 AM

                Went to Kalustyan's, and picked up a small bottle of Spanish saffron. I made seafood paella for the first time, and it came out great! Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!

              2. jpr54_1 RE: Tommy C Jul 24, 2012 10:45 AM

                saffron is also available at www.savoryspiceshop.com

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                  Phil Coffino RE: Tommy C Sep 10, 2012 03:22 AM

                  Order from Vanilla Saffron Imports
                  online at http://www.saffron.com/
                  Price and quality are good. For example
                  Afghan Saffron Threads 1 Ounce $79.95
                  They operate from and ship from San Francisco
                  My only interest is as a satisfied customer.

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