Saffron--increasing amount in recipe
I want to double or triple a recipe for a rice salad, served room temp. Original calls for 1-1/2 cups uncooked rice, 1/4 teaspoon saffron with chopped green peppers, red onion, chorizo, currents, and parseley added after cooking.
How much saffron should I use when cooking 4-1/2 cups rice? Haven't made this recipe before and don't use saffron much. But one time I increased it and the dish tasted a little bitter. Thanks.
If it was bitter to you, you probably added too much...Some things I can suggest would be to a)dry toast your saffron in a pan, then crush between fingers before adding to rice b)make a "tea" with the water/broth and saffron so you don't get one clump of saffron in yer tea.
I wouldn't add more than 1/2 tsp - if that. I make a very large paella that calls for 3 cups of rice and only 1/4 tsp. saffron. It's plenty. Subtle is good when it comes to saffron. And I agree with sixlagogo - crumble and dissolve it in the liquid before adding to rice.