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The kosher diet was developed from Hebrew religious law. These guidelines assist followers of the faith to choose their food in accordance with the parameters set forth in the Torah. In these guides, scripture dictates that the observers of the religion should refrain, among other things, from consuming certain types of fish – including sturgeon. For that reason, any of the permissible types of fish roe can be kosher, as long as the Hebrew laws are followed throughout the preparation process.
Most black caviar comes from sturgeon and is forbidden for consumption; therefore those who observe the kosher diet believe they must restrict themselves to red varieties. Fortunately, there are alternatives that allow those who keep kosher to sample black varieties without stepping over the bounds of their dietary restrictions. The roe of the bowfin is visually similar to sturgeon and the taste does not differ tremendously, making it a viable alternative. Although it is not one of the fish that is forbidden for consumption, Bowfin caviar is not recognized by the Orthodox Union as a Kosher product nonetheless.
Kosher caviar is considered a rarity. Not only does the fish source have to be allowed, but the preparation methods must also be in compliance with the Hebrew law. All of our red caviar is Orthodox Union certified kosher.
Serving Tips for Kosher Caviar
As with all caviar, there following are a few key guidelines for proper consumption that help to uphold the quality and taste of the roe. Since fish products are considered a “neutral” product, they can be eaten with either dairy products or with meat.
- Use appropriate silverware. Spoons made from oxidizing metal can cause minor chemical reactions with the brine of the roe, altering the taste of the product. Avoid using stainless steel or other metal spoons to serve the product to your guests. Instead, opt for serving utensils fashioned from porcelain, plastic or mother of pearl to help preserve the taste of the product.
- Choose your garnish. Sour cream and butter are both available as kosher certified products, and can be eaten at the same time as fish products. Caviar can also be enjoyed without any garnish or base, helping to magnify the flavor of the product without the added complexity of other flavors.
- Serve in smaller amounts. Air exposure is the biggest reason for reduced caviar quality. The product is also perishable so if guests are serving themselves, consider putting out a small portion at a time.
Why You Should Buy From Fish&Caviar
Observers of this unique diet would often have to make-do with alternatives to caviar as it is rare to have kosher certified products of this kind. At Fish&Caviar we offer an extensive selection of kosher caviars that are prepared following the proper guidelines. We strive to make caviar available to everyone, and that includes those with specific diets. Our fair prices and vast selection make it easy for anyone and everyone to find the perfect caviar.