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Saffron is one of the most appreciated (and expensive by weight) spices, due to the laborious process of obtaining it from the flowers. It is growth mainly in the Mediterranean area, and it is believed saffron from “La Mancha” (Spain) is the highest quality. You only need a small amount (0.15g or 3-4 threads) for a 6 people paella. www.spainisgourmet.com
If you are looking for organic spices from India, you might want to try Masala Mama (masalamamaspice.com). They have spice blends for various dishes that are fresh and premeasured to make them easy to use. Along with the spices they give you a recipe and a shopping list for fresh ingredients. I've tried several and they taste great!
You could store it in the freezer for a few months longer (about 3 or so) the next time you pick some up. Since I typically grate it, I haven't noticed any texture issues. Otherwise, I find it lasts 4-6 weeks normally in the fridge.
Eat By Date claims a shelf life of about one month, in the refrigerator, which matches my experience. Ginger root is a living rhizome, and is the plant's way of storing energy to grow later. As long as it is firm, not slimy, with no signs of a mold, with a good aroma, you should be able to use it.
It depends on how accurate you want, but based upon the book On Food And Cooking: The Science And Lore Of The Kitchen by Harold McGee, this is not possible to be 100% accurate. This is probably too accurate for your needs, but as you didn't state how accurate you want, I'll only explain why it can't be 100% accurate. Measuring by tablespoons or the like ...
Kalpasi is type of lichen, usually used in spices for typical Chettinad and West Indian (Maharashtrian) Cuisines. Dry ground kalpasi has little or no smell and should be roasted in little oil to get its actual and full aroma. It has a distinct smell, which it would impart, if used properly i.e. after roasting (also depends on how and for how much time you ...
I have heard to use twice the dried if the substituting for fresh in a recipe. Joy of Cooking has good substitutes listings including dried for fresh.
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