“When I go out, I love steak and Caviar” ~Cameron Diaz
Caviar has always been associated with the rich and famous. If you can afford caviar, then you are doing pretty well for yourself. Most people can not afford to have it every day, and quite frankly it is not meant for daily consumption. A truly great caviar is a treasure that should be savored, not gulped down or used like common salt and pepper on every dish.
“Fame is like caviar, you know – it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
For those of you who would love to try this luxurious culinary pleasure, prepare to pay for it and then truly take the time to enjoy each luscious mouthful.
So how do you know what a great caviar is supposed to taste like?
” Caviar should be round, and hard, and of adequate size, and should burst in your mouth at *precisely* the right moment.” ~ Goldie Hawn in Overboard
“They say that a good caviar should have at least 15 different flavors in it … Each time you take a bite, you should taste something new. It should develop on your tongue and the aftertaste should linger for a very long time.” ~ Alexandre Petrossian, Vice President of Petrossian
What are the Different Types of Caviar and What is the Best?
“Good caviar should have distinct eggs that separate when you roll them on the roof of your mouth,” says Alexandre. “They need to pop,” rather than taste mushy. When you open a tin, the caviar should be shiny, each egg glistening, not oily or murky. “Good caviar sparkles like diamonds,” says Alexandre. “It makes it quite difficult to take photographs.”
In the most glorious days of caviar production, most was caught fresh in the wild. Overfishing has severely cut down on this type of caviar. Now most are farm grown. Beluga caviar has become far harder to acquire because of this and isn’t even allowed to be sold in the United States. Many wild sturgeon are on the point of extinction. Instead, you are more likely to get your caviar from the United States, China and Isreal. – http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/02/the-serious-eats-guide-to-how-to-buy-caviar.html
A good caviar can cost from $50 to $75 an ounce. Some caviar run into the thousands of dollars. If you are just starting out, you do not need to spend thousands to get a very good quality of caviar. You will most likely purchase your caviar from a gourmet store, although apparently you can also purchase some varieties of caviar from Amazon. You can also purchase the blinis from there as well.
How to Serve and Eat Caviar
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There are a variety of ways to eat caviar. Some prefer it with sour cream and blinis. Others prefer to eat it straight from the spoon. You want to be able to savor the taste of the caviar and so any accompaniments should have a mild flavor. Serve it with either champagne or vodka, as these beverages will not interfere with the taste of the caviar, as well.
You also want to use a wooden or plastic spoon. I know that most of the pictures that you see have silver spoons but the metal will interfere with the taste. You can buy caviar spoons here and your caviar dish here.