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zackly Jan 11, 2014 07:54 PM

http://www.costco.com/Spanish-Saffron...

I don't know if this is a good grade of saffron but it seems like a decent price.
Anyone?

  1. ipsedixit Jan 11, 2014 08:33 PM

    Depends.

    Just based on the quality, type and weight of the Costco offering, yes, it's a "good deal."

    But as with many things in life, no statement of that ilk can be uttered without a qualification. And it's this: It's a good deal depending on how much saffron you use, or plan to use.

    14 grams of saffron thread is quite a bit of saffron. Now, saffron can be stored up to 3 years without significant degradation in quality, but only if stored properly (i.e. air-tight, cool, dark environment, etc.); otherwise it gets contaminated with the impurities in its environs and its flavor and robustness diminishes.

    So, if you don't use saffron often in your repertoire, buying it in bulk -- even at a good price/weight -- may end up being a "bad deal".

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      pitterpatter Jan 17, 2014 06:36 AM

      I buy the best I can find (saffron.com) by the ounce, and while it will last me a while, I give much of it away to friends who REALLY appreciate my little offering which would cost them a fortune if they bought (much inferior) little quantities in those little glass jars. Sames goes for vanilla beans.

      1. re: pitterpatter
        JMF Jan 18, 2014 01:05 AM

        saffron.com is great! Saffron, Vanilla, and all the extracts. Great quality and great prices.

    2. mr_morcilla Jan 11, 2014 08:30 PM

      Seems like it. La Mancha, Spain is the traditional source country for the best saffron, and they claim this is "coupe," which is the best grade.

      The only problem is that you have to go into Costco to get it, which is always a headache. But if you do, grab one for me too!

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        zackly Jan 11, 2014 08:37 PM

        No, it's sold online only with free shipping.

      2. HillJ Jan 11, 2014 08:06 PM

        http://www.theposter.com/saffron2.html

        Here's a reliable source and a comparison price I trust.

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          zackly Jan 11, 2014 08:40 PM

          HillJ-do you have any experience with this company or their saffron? That's a much lower price($45 vs $60 for 1/2 ounce) if it's comparable quality?

          1. re: zackly
            Melanie Wong Jan 11, 2014 09:11 PM

            Costco's saffron description says it has coloring value of 190 to 262.

            I buy from the source that HillJ cited, since it's in SF and I just pick it up from the store. It's coloring value is a minimum of 230 to 280, so a higher quality range.

            I share ipse's concern that the quantity you'd have to buy from Costco is huge and runs the risk of getting stale. You shouldn't buy more than you plan to use in 2 years. For me, that's 5 grams.

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              zackly Jan 11, 2014 09:16 PM

              I bought an ounce maybe 3 years ago and I'm almost out so a half ounce would be fine. I've never noticed any degradation of quality.

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                Melanie Wong Jan 11, 2014 09:17 PM

                The saffron from the supplier in SF is higher grade, so I use only half the amount stated in recipes. YMMV if you don't know what grade you've been using.

            2. re: zackly
              HillJ Jan 11, 2014 10:38 PM

              Hi Zacky. I thought my comment said as much. So yes, I buy all of the products sold thru this biz owner and I'm a big fan of the quality and CS. I buy the saffron in small qtys 4 times a year. Never an issue.

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