- PRODUCT SIZE: 12 oz – jar
- STORAGE: Room Temperature, SHELF LIFE: 4-6 weeks
This is the first time I’ve tried caviar…
Good value roe
Decent Stuff, Overpriced Shipping
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Good and Bad
best caviar for the dollar. Great compared to grocery store brands.
Black Capelin Caviar
My wife and I thought it good value – we did not expect it to taste like real caviar – and we will probably buy some similar products from the same company.
Not Impressive, but it is what it is
It does have a little “pop” to it but the eggs are very small, it kinda looks like blackberry jam. Also Capelin is actually red this is dyed black.
ingredients list is as follows.
Capelin roes, salt, water, stabilizer (xanthan gum), spices, citric acid, sodium benzoate (0.1%) as preservative, FD&C Blue #1, Yellow #6, Red #40
To test this product on a “caviar aficionado” i had one of my Russian friends try it and he said its “ok” but its very salty and tastes fishy. If you plan on using this as a topping for sushi then it would be fantastic.
For the price its a good deal if you like salty briny fish.
Wonderful Pop, Slightly Salty
If I had paid big bucks for this caviar, I might have been slightly disappointed–but only slightly–but at the price that is is, I’m totally impressed with the price vs. quality. It was just a ‘touch’ fishy smelling when I first opened it, but it was also not chilled (I had taken it from the packaging and couldn’t wait to open it and see the quality until it chilled–and while it was shipped with ice packs, I live in Texas, and the packs were melted–BUT it wasn’t burning hot/melting levels, which it very well could have been–it was just slightly warm) so it had a bit of a fishy smell to it, usually the sign of a poorer quality caviar. But after it chilled, there was no fishy smell to it at all. It was also quite salty–I realize anything with 620mg of sodium per serving is going to be salty, but there is overwhelming and then ordinary salty for caviar, and this one leaned to the ‘saltier’ side.
All by itself, it’s just a tad too salty for ordinary tastes. But mixed with the cream cheese or with the creme fraiche, it was absolutely perfect.
It also has the nicest ‘pop’ to it, and that is my favorite part of caviar–that nice little pop to it. The color is quite deep, and it does stain a little, so you’ll want to be careful with that. It’s really quite gorgeous too, for decorating appetizers or amuse-bouche for guests. For me, I ate the entire jar in two sittings–it was really quite scrumptious. I ordered a smaller jar, because I wasn’t sure of the quality, but now that I’ve ordered and am impressed, I will definitely be ordering a larger jar from them again in the future.
If you’re wanting a caviar for making a dish, for including in decoration for party platters or appetizers, this is a perfect cost-effective version to get. Definitely worth it. If you’re wanting chilled caviar to be served all by itself and eaten straight, this works, but it’s definitely obvious it’s not as high of quality as some of the more expensive varieties. I did, however, eat it straight myself and enjoyed it–I just wouldn’t necessarily use it for a party or dinner guests intended to eat it straight–but for recipes and appetizers, I think it’s difficult to even tell the difference. Really good stuff.
This arrives neatly packaged in bubble/cardboard, in glass jars with metal lids, and label states it’s a product of Island. Shipping did not take long, only about 5 business days.
The taste and smell is unbelievably the very same taste/smell of the real thing. Texture is nice and pops, although quite a bit smaller than real stuff. Overall, try the old Russian method of eating this: Nice, firm slice of freshly baked white bread spread with butter – then thinly spread this caviar all over it. This is the way we’ve always ate it, and the experience is unbeatable. The worst thing you can do is put this on a dry, salty cracker. Or, eat it in any other way for that matter.
I ordered two jars at once and paid the same shipping, so it was $5 per jar. I am planning to order a lot more, probably 5 jars at a time. Supermarket sells real Osetra (sturgeon) caviar at $80 per 1.5 oz!!!! American caviar at $45 for 3oz!!! Come on guys, this is no rocket science – this stuff is the way to go. From now on, I’m totally sold and a loyal customer!