Once upon a time, the amazing flavors and unmatched quality of caviar were enjoyed exclusively by European aristocracy and the upper crust of the Tsar’s Russia. Today, more people are discovering this natural treasure.
Once you become acquainted with the incomparable appearance, aroma, texture and flavor of genuine caviar, you will become enamored with it. Whether you enjoy caviar regularly or just discovered this unique delicacy, it’s always good to touch up on the basics of caviar preparation and service. Follow this short guide to ensure that all your caviar experiences are truly remarkable.
THE ART OF SERVING
For the purest taste, serve your caviar on Mother-of-Pearl tableware, which is the most traditional material for caviar utensils. Other materials commonly used for caviar service are gold, porcelain or animal horn. Beyond the regal appearance of these utensils, there is a practical reason for using them: it is believed that silver and other metal utensils oxidize the caviar, spoiling its delicate flavor. It is recommended to chill the utensils before serving.
LIKE A PRO
Remove the caviar from the refrigerator 15 minutes before eating – be sure to keep the lid on, which should only be removed at the last moment. Serve the entire tin or jar of caviar on a heaping bed of crushed ice. Allow at least 1 oz. (30 grams) per person.
For the first tasting, put a small amount of caviar on the back of the hand, between the thumb and index finger. Wait a few seconds to allow the grains to match your body’s temperature. Then bring your hand to your mouth and take in the caviar grains, placing them on your tongue and pressing them against the top of your mouth to feel the texture and release the liquid and aroma. This is the traditional way of tasting caviar.
CAVIAR SERVING IDEAS
We suggest you serve Karat Caviar on a classic blini with a dollop of crème fraiche. Buttered slices of lightly toasted white bread are another recommended accompaniment. A small glass of iced vodka or dry sparkling white wine are the ideal companions to caviar. It is best to avoid any bold-flavored accompaniments that will distract your palate from the superb taste of Karat Caviar.
Unopened, a container of fresh caviar may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. It is advised to open the tin quickly after purchase to enjoy all the full qualities of Karat Caviar. Aging caviar at home diminishes its taste and quality. Once opened, caviar is highly perishable and should be consumed within 10 days. Never keep caviar in the freezer. The ideal temperature is a 0 to +4°C.