Let's try to demystify caviar. We've all heard of this wonderful luxury but, in actual fact, not many people know a great deal about eating, serving and enjoying this exquisite food.
If 'Mother of Pearl', 'Malossol' and 'Sturgeon' are unfamiliar terms, then please do take a few minutes to read this page. It will serve you well and will put you on your way to becoming a caviar connoisseur!
(Q) Question: What kind of spoon should I use to serve caviar?
Good question. Depending on whom you ask, opinions do vary. However, as a general rule, it is best to avoid using metal spoons.
The purists amongst caviar connoisseurs will tell you that the very best way to eat caviar is by simply placing caviar on your hand (the back of the hand, between the index finger and thumb) and eating it plain from there.
Other connoisseurs, frown upon that somewhat - especially if a formal dinner party is the venue. Plus, even if you do eat out of your hand, you must use some form of utensil to place the caviar on your hand to start with.
'Mother of Pearl' spoons are the most recommended utensil for serving caviar. Caviar Oasis sells mother of pearl spoons, knives and dishes but you may also find them at local gourmet stores.
(Q) Question: How should I eat caviar; on its own, as a canapé etc?
The one drop of wisdom we always share with our fellow caviar enthusiasts is that caviar should be served and eaten the way YOU like. If you like caviar served as a canapé, on bread or even sprinkled on salad, then you should enjoy it that way. There is no right or wrong way of enjoying caviar, other than ensuring it's the way that gives you the most pleasure.
Keep in mind, you should keep caviar on ice until you are about to eat it. And, imporantly, also keep in mind that caviar's flavour, when used as an ingredient in hot dishes, is diminished considerably.
(Q) Question: Should I serve caviar at the start of a meal?
Yes, ideally you should serve caviar at he start of a meal. Caviar's flavours are delicate and should be savoured at the start of a meal.
(Q) Question: Can I serve caviar on its own, not as part of a meal?
Yes, caviar need not be served within the context of a meal. Cocktail parties, romantic nights and Champagne occasions are just as good a time to enjoy one of life's great pleasures!
(Q) Question: Where can I buy Caviar?
We recommend you conduct an online search using keywords that include the caviar type (e.g. Beluga) or brand name of a given producer (e.g. Calvisius).