The Saffron – Turmeric Connection

Ever look at an interesting recipe and set out to try it, only to learn that one of the minor ingredients costs $5,000 a pound? Maybe not, or maybe because they sell it by the ounce, you don’t realize how expensive it is. On Amazon today, saffron for cooking costs $12 for .035 of an ounce, about one twenty-eighth of an ounce. That’s $342.86 per ounce, or $5,485 per pound. Many delicious seafood or rice dishes call for saffron.

Turmeric costs $3.50 for 2.35 ounces today on Amazon, or about $24 a pound. That still sounds terrible by the pound, but is quite manageable by the dash, sprinkle or 1/4 teaspoon. It is likely to be less expensive from the canisters at your health food store.

Turmeric is an excellent substitute for saffron. Or so I hear. I’ve never actually indulged invested in saffron, I just use turmeric, regardless. It makes yellow rice yellow. In combination with black pepper, it is reputed to help discourage cancer. I use small amounts because it does have a fairly strong taste.

So those delightful recipes are still possible for me, without spending a king’s ransom.

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