Caviar has traditionally been seen as a food reserved for the more wealthy in society. However, centuries ago, it was an extremely common food for every class of person for nearly every meal. Caviar has been eaten by people since the earliest days of our gathering food from sea animals.
The reason it became known as more of a luxury is due to overfishing nearly driving the sturgeon fish it is harvested from to extinction in the early 1900s. Since then, caviar is increasingly made from farm-raised sturgeon varieties, making it more affordable for the average person. So, let’s look at a couple of the options when you’re looking into affordable caviar options.
American Farm-Raised Caviar
Since the near extinction of the wild sturgeon in the 1900s, America has become a major producer of caviar thanks to farm raising and harvesting. Another bonus for American caviar was the discovery of wild lake sturgeon varieties that can also be used to make excellent caviar. Add to that the ability to harvest more than one batch of eggs from a fish due to farming techniques and the American caviar farms can sell at a much more affordable price point.
Keep in mind also, importing food is always a more costly endeavor than buying food grown or raised in the same country. Shipping costs, taxes, inspections, delays, and a whole plethora of issues come along with importing, and they can all mean higher and higher price tags on the product.
Consider Cured Roe As A More Cost-Effective Alternative
When searching around for caviar for sale, you are likely to come across lots of different types of cured fish roe (roe meaning eggs) from many different types of fish. While it isn’t technically caviar, as caviar is specifically used to reference cured sturgeon roe, it can be a worthy alternative at a much more affordable price.
Cured roe can be made from a variety of different species of fish. Salmon is one of the more popular types of fish roe, with whitefish roe being another of the more popular larger bead caviars. For those who prefer a smaller bead fish roe, trout is likely a better option, as it has the smaller roe beads.
Whatever Caviar You Eat, Make Sure To Do It Right
Fish roe can be a delicious delicacy, or the experience can be ruined by simple mistakes. For instance, Caviar needs to be kept refrigerated, even though it is a cured food, and used within a few days of opening to ensure the roe doesn’t turn sour. Something the average first-time eater will likely not even be aware of.
Also, it is imperative when eating any sort of cured fish roe that you never use a metal spoon or utensil to scoop or spread it. The acids in the roe will react with the metal in the spoon or other utensil and completely ruin the flavor of the caviar or roe. Yet again another thing that the average consumer would have absolutely no idea of. There may be those out there who don’t like the taste, yet have no clue that they are eating it with the wrong type of utensil.
Caviar is no longer reserved for those with loads of money but can be enjoyed by almost anyone. All you need to know are a couple of tips, and the rest is up to you. Whenever you can, always sample the roe or caviar, and never purchase it from anyone who cannot tell you it’s origins. But, once you find one that you like, stick with it.