How does a fish stick kind of girl celebrate Caviar Day?

Today is National Caviar Day!  We are celebrating all things caviar with some caviar fun facts and recipes.  Want to impress?  Well, stick around and I’ll fill you in on food that was meant for royalty!

National caviar day fun facts and recipes

So, I’m not much of an adventurer in the food department, and I have to admit right here and now that I have never actually tried caviar.  I hear that it tastes a lot like salty fish.  Since I don’t love fish unless it is in the form of fish sticks, I hesitate to try fish eggs.  But I do have an open mind…

I started out by doing a bit of research and found some fun facts that you might not know about caviar:

True caviar comes from the sturgeon, which lives in the Caspian or Black Sea.  Species of sturgeon such as Beluga, Sevruga and Ossetra are considered the finest caviar in the world.

Young Potatoes with Siberian Caviar 

A female Sturgeon can weigh up to 300 pounds and roughly 25 percent of that is fish eggs, or caviar.  Ummm… that would be 75 pounds of fish eggs.  At roughly 100 dollars per ounce (yes, I said ounce), that fish is worth a ton of money.  Which explains why they are over fished and near extinction.

Deviled Eggs with Caviar

The US imports nearly 60 percent of the world caviar supply

Caviar contains acetylcholine, a chemical that makes you more resistant to alcohol, believe it or not. That is why it is paired with alcohol in many instances.

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Seared Sea Scallop and Salmon Caviar

Caviar isn’t always pricey

You can get the less fancy versions of roe from other types of fish.  But in either case, the best way to store it is on ice in your fridge.  You see, it needs to stay around 32 degrees Fahrenheit in order to stay fresh.  An unopened container will last four to six weeks, but once you open it, you need to eat it.

A little known fact about caviar is that it can’t touch metal like silver. The eggs will taste like metal instead of fish.  You need to serve it in a glass bowl and use a wooden, glass or gold spoon.  Fancy!

In comparison, fish sticks just need a bit of ketchup and a smile.  Just saying.

Crackers with Cold Smoked Sturgeon and Caviar

Since caviar is salty, it should be served with salt-less crackers or Melba toast.

Caviar is Healthy

It has tons of protein, vitamins and is low in calories, which gives it a bit of an advantage over the lowly fish stick, but frankly my fish sticks are only $2.00 for a box of 40.  So, I’m still leaning that way.

Caviar is also used for beauty treatments, and facials.  The oil extracted from caviar is great for healing burns.

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Crepes with Red Caviar and Sour Cream 

So, want to try it out now?  Check out any of the recipes above and of course you could check out this American Caviar Sampler Gift Set – without spoon

The spoon is extra.  Ha!

Or you can throw a whole batch of fish sticks in the oven and go grab the ketchup.  Your choice.

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5 comments… add one
  • Lynda July 18, 2013, 7:55 am

    I’m going to assume the black caviar comes from the sturgeon but what fish does the red come from?

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    • suzy July 19, 2013, 7:39 am

      I believe that the red is from salmon. And yes the black is sturgeon at $100 an ounce!

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  • Jaan L of Tx July 18, 2013, 7:55 am

    Even though I love fish, there is just something icky about fish eggs. I know, we eat chicken eggs, even mountain oysters, but fish eggs?

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    • suzy July 19, 2013, 7:40 am

      Yep, totally agree. But it all depends on what you were brought up on. Me? Fish sticks. Ha!

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  • norene July 18, 2013, 5:16 am

    I’ve actually tried it and it is very salty, but not too bad. I wouldn’t ever order it though . Too expensive.

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