Originally Posted by Pimpim
Hey y'all...:) isn't saffron kinda expensive? Is there any alternative I could use for a paella?
As to the first part - yes, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. But, it doesn't take much ... so in the long run ... it's not always that cost prohibitive. (it takes over 200,000 stigmas from crocus sativa flowers to make a pound and they have to be harvested and processed by hand - I think there are only 2-3 sitma per flower - ... usually you only need a few threads).
Can you sub something else? No - not if you want it to taste
like a true authentic paella. You can use subs to make it "look" the same (yellow) but it will not have the same flavor.