How to Serve and Store Caviar
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Caviar is a collection of salted, fully ripe eggs of sturgeon, or North Atlantic salmon. It is generally served as an hors d’oeuvre and is best with bread or crackers. This delicacy has a fabulous taste that should not be interrupted by other foods, therefore a simple display, a selection of bread and a beverage will do just fine with caviar. Because caviar is a delicacy, it is priced very high, and the best quality caviar will demand the highest price. Follow these steps to properly serve and store caviar.
Decide which type of caviar you would like to serve. Fresh caviar will likely taste the best, though it will not last as long when stored.
Store fresh caviar up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator, preferably within a container of ice. If the caviar is pressed, it will last up to 3 months. Pasteurized caviar can be stored at room temperature (unopened of course) and then refrigerated before serving. This type of caviar has a long shelf life when unopened and can be kept for approximately six months.
Prepare a platter on which you can place chopped ice on, or a bowl of chopped ice on.
Ensure that the caviar has been chilled for at least 15 minutes, and then open the caviar and place it on the ice. Place a serving spoon in the caviar. Mother of pearl serving utensils are the most traditional type to use, however this is really up to the hostess. Plastic utensils are never acceptable.
Place chilled plates on the table, as well as a selection of forks, knives and spoons.
Add a platter of crackers or toasted bread, which should be buttered. The most traditional beverage that is served with caviar is vodka, which should be accompanied by ice. Champagne is also acceptable, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage, such as a white grape juice.
Store any un-used caviar in it's own container, covered tightly with plastic wrap. Fresh caviar should be consumed within 3 days after being opened and refrigerated.