How Long Does Saffron Last?
Last night, while cleaning out a kitchen drawer, I found a small plastic container of saffron. It is at least six years old.
Is this saffron still good or is it long gone?
Probably diminished, but it depends on how airtight the container and how cool the storage temperature. I have some I got for Christmas three or four years ago - it's in a small zip-lock style bag inside of a tight-closing tin, and I keep it under the counter where the temperature is never either really hot nor cold, and it's still pretty potent. The stuff has a strong enough smell that if yours DOESN'T, then you know it's pretty well gone.