How much does caviar cost?

Yesterday's episode, Dave? When I saw that tin, my heart dropped. In all honesty, caviar is a finished product and needs little to enhance its flavor. The way they were manipulating it, was almost criminal. Especially that challenger bufoon. (Sakai gets a pass from me - the man is a genius).

If that tin was indeed 4lbs, it can easily cost $4,000, maybe more.
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Originally posted by grunhauser:
FYI, most of the caviar on the market is artificially produced, Berno. Blame the research and the robotic equipment for the high prices, not the fish themselves. They don't even know what's going on.


speaking of which....let me know if you can get some again Big Grin
True tanglenet. I don't buy any sturgeon caviar unless it's farmed. The really big sturgeon in the Caspian are almost gone and those monsters take a long time to grow. I also don't eat swordfish, black seabass, or anything else that is endangered or overfished. There's plenty of other choices out there. Most people wouldn't know the difference between OOO and osetra if you gave it to them side by side.
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Originally posted by tanglenet:
From what I've read, the best bargains are US caviar. If you buy Russian, you are supporting a black market that is over fishing a declining and polluted Caspian sea.


and if you buy Iranian caviar,
either "terrorists win" or you a contributor to the violation of nuclear non-proliferation agreement.
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Originally posted by Serge Birbrair:
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Originally posted by tanglenet:
From what I've read, the best bargains are US caviar. If you buy Russian, you are supporting a black market that is over fishing a declining and polluted Caspian sea.


and if you buy Iranian caviar,
either "terrorists win" or you a contributor to the violation of nuclear non-proliferation agreement.


and if you buy US caviar, you are supporting a world dictatorship bent on bombing countries for their oil Big Grin

In the end, stick to salmon Big Grin
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by mimik:
In the end, stick to salmon Big Grin


Salmon caviar? Uh-uh. There's a reason it's so cheap.


Try Russian instead of Canadien version. My wife refuses eating it all together, though, it reminds her of her youth when they used salmon eggs as fish bait.
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Why would you say we've never tasted it? I have and I'm sure tlily has.

I've been salmon fishing in Alaska. We flew out of an Indian village in the middle of nowhere. It's called Aniak. There's a building there with several Japanese people collecting salmon roe to send it back to Japan. They were eating some and offered us some. I just found it overly oily without any delicacy. I've had it several times in Japanese restaurants.
Board-O

i hear you, but to insinuate it's cheap because it's bad... well, i can't agree with that. though i will agree that delicate & Ikura do not go hand in hand

tlily -

i hear you, but to insinuate it's cheap because you fish with it... well, i can't agree with that Razz
Board-O,
so you practically ate it raw, without salt cure.
I find it silly to argue tastes, I was there, I proclaimed French wines are not worth their price once and look what happened
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Tlily,
my wife doesn't eat it, for the reasons similar to yours. Have you ever tasted it?
At least Board-O has an opinion based on taste....
ahh... i thought you were implying you dont like it because you fish with it - aka, you first fished with it before you first tried it Wink

on a serious note, like most things, there are good & bad examples... for the most part, i honestly prefer the highest quality Salmon roe when accompanied with a young Champagne than other caviar's... give me some kick a$$ Ikura & a young powerhouse Champagne like a Krug NV or 96 Dom & i'm Big Grin Cool Big Grin
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Serge Birbrair:
Board-O,
so you practically ate it raw, without salt cure.


I ate after it was packaged for shipping to Japan.


I have no idea how they ship it to Japan. Local sushi places buy salmon caviar from Russian stores.
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If you are in NY, Iceland is closer than Alaska.
http://www.icelander.com/web/Iceland/Fishing/
I don't fish, but the country is just beautiful.
My wife and I have been in SanFrancisco this week for some vacation days. This morning we went to a very decadent place and spent too much money. Tsar Nicoulai Caviar Cafe. I had something brutal called "Truffled Scrambled Eggs with Creme Fraiche and Caviar".

Very creamy scrambled eggs made with chives and truffle oil served in large egg shells like you would have soft-boiled eggs. Lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. On top was a big spoon of creme fraiche and a glob of caviar the size of a desert cherry. Eating these eggs almost felt sexual.

Anyway, it was very good and I don't realy think it was overpriced for the enjoyable experience. Here's their menu, I hope it works out.

http://www.tsarnicoulai.com/cafe/cafe_menu.html
The Salmon Roe that is frequently found in Sushi bars is salt cured and imo fair at best, however, if you have ever been to a Japanese restaurant that does it in Miso flavor utilizing fresh roe then it can be very enjoyable!

red4life

tlily,
I like the Pautzkes reference Big Grin .

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