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Serious Eats Guide: How To Buy Caviar

Caviar is technically the salted roe of sturgeon, a prehistoric, scale-less fish that ranges in the Northern hemisphere from North America to China. Depending on the species of sturgeon, area of harvest, and treatment of the eggs after harvest, caviar can vary in texture, flavor, and appearance. These days, most of the caviar available in the U.S. comes from farmed fish around the world—the United States, China, and Israel being some of the largest producers. So what does this new market look like, and more importantly, how can you buy it with confidence? More

The Nasty Bits: Salmon Roe

Fish eggs, or roe, are harvested from so many kinds of fish and prepared in such innumerable ways that it's difficult to know where to begin. Though you'll pay a hefty price for black caviar, red caviar (salmon eggs) is just as delicious and a fraction of the cost. Throw them into your scrambled eggs with fresh herbs for a salty, rich, indulgent spin of your typical morning eggs. More

Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Caviar

Last night I went through 72 eggs worth of scrambled eggs doing some recipe research. Of course, the great thing about developing recipes for a living is that when the clock strikes 2 a.m. and you realize you haven't eaten all night, the solution is usually right in front of you. But what to pair with that final batch of ultra-rich and creamy eggs? Most people don't think caviar when searching for a midnight snack, but why not? More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Eggplant Caviar

It was a rich but simple spread that finally convinced me to seek out eggplant instead of merely tolerating it. I put this eggplant caviar out with bread and deviled eggs for guests to nibble with drinks a couple of times before realizing that I could happily skip dinner after the supposed snack. With good bread and a thoughtfully dressed green salad, the combination becomes a real meal (and a downright luxurious one, if you ask me). More

$3.59 Caviar at Ikea

Abba Seafood AB With financial giants collapsing all around us, caviar may seem like a bit of a faux-pas, an extraneous luxury. Lobster costs around $30 per pound, and truffles are going for $160 an ounce. But you don’t have to give up the good life—if you buy your caviar at Ikea. The Ikea Swedish Food Market stocks ABBA’s 80-gram jars of chilled lumpfish caviar for a meager $3.59, which ABBA claims gives your food the “extra-luxurious edge of perfection,” and which Ikea urges you to serve on canapés. Sounds like recession luxe to me. Have any of you tried it? If so, what did you think?... More

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