Storing and Serving Wholesale Caviar
Caviar should be kept as cold as possible. At 28-30° F, an unopened jar or tin can stay fresh for many weeks. Since most household refrigerators are not kept at such low temperatures, however, we suggest storing your caviar in the lowest drawer or shelf.
Once opened, caviar should be consumed within a few days. Air and temperature are the two greatest threats to successfully storing your caviar. To reduce air exposure and prolong freshness, cover the container of any unused portion with plastic before replacing the lid and returning it to the refrigerator.
To serve, remove caviar from the refrigerator and let stand unopened for 10 to 15 minutes. Caviar should be opened immediately prior to consumption, and can be served directly from its container or spooned into small glass dishes or serving bowls. Placing the container or dish on a bed of crushed ice will further ensure that the caviar remains fresh and cold while being served.
Some claim that metal utensils, which may oxidize and impart a metallic taste, should never be used for serving caviar. We think that's nonsense. All processed caviar is initially packed and shipped in metal tins, and we certainly wouldn't use metal utensils in our homes if they conveyed a metallic flavor to everything we eat!
On purely aesthetic grounds, however, we find that our mother-of-pearl serving ware significantly enhances your caviar experience, creating the aura of elegance a good caviar deserves.
Caviar is traditionally served with buttered toast or unsalted crackers, along with ice cold vodka, or a chilled glass of champagne or Chardonnay. Whatever your choice, keep in mind that caviar should never be served with anything that might overwhelm its delicate flavor and texture.
Our personal serving favorite is French baguette. Choose the long, 2" diameter baguette, cut into thin slices, toast until golden brown, then butter lightly and top with your choice of caviar.
Blinis are also a tasty and attractive alternative. Just warm them in the oven and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche to add a cool and creamy texture.
You can find recipes for blinis and creme fraiche, as well as other serving suggestions, by clicking Recipes below.
If you have further questions about serving or storing caviar, please feel free to contact us.