Caviar 101

Why Eat Caviar?

First of all, caviar is delicious! The salty, savory flavors of Sterling caviar can be enjoyed by itself, paired with traditional accompaniments of blinis (little buckwheat pancakes, of sorts) topped with crème fraiche, or as new and adventurous consumers are trying with fine potato crisps. Caviar can also complement a number of different dishes and enhance your meal or dining experience.

Caviar is Special – enjoyed for centuries as a delicacy, caviar is known to be an enhancement to a special event, meal or party showing your guests, family, or friends that they are worthy of indulgence and being celebrated

How Can I Enjoy Caviar to the Fullest?

Some cultures include caviar as a regular part of their diet, including enjoying by the spoonful at breakfast. The beauty of caviar, however, is its versatility.  As a treat, meal enhancement, garnish or at home the only real rule is to enjoy it however you might like. Some rules do apply however – don’t enjoy caviar with metal spoons (this negatively interacts with the flavor of the caviar), try mother of pearl spoons instead; often times caviar is enhanced by being enjoyed with champagne, sparkling wine or vodka, but you can also try other crisp white wines such as Albariño or a dry Riesling (red wine doesn’t often pair well, but if you find one that works, let us know).

How should I store caviar?

At Sterling, we take great care to ship caviar to you in a way that protects and preserves its freshness by keeping it temperature controlled with insulated packaging and packed with ice packs. When you receive caviar it can be stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator (meat drawer) or placed in a bowl with ice in the refrigerator to ensure it is cold. Freshly packed caviar should last being kept like this, unopened, for up to 4 weeks. Once the caviar is opened and presented we recommend you enjoy it right away, but for sure within 2-3 days.

How much do I serve?

If you are serving caviar by itself it is safe to figure that you will need 1 to 2 ounces (30 – 50 grams) of caviar per person. If you are sharing caviar as a garnish or accompaniment on top of hors-d’oeuvres, it is safe to figure ½ – 1 ounce per person/serving. If you are providing indulgence for you and your guests you can always serve more – simply enjoy it together!