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Sorry- another caper question

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Spencer Sep 22, 2006 12:10 AM

I should have added this to my post below, but forgot.
Is there much difference between different brands? Are there any that I should stay away from? The capers that I bought today were Goya brand.

  1. NYchowcook Sep 22, 2006 12:12 AM

    I prefer capers packed in salt rather than brine. You can soak and rinse off the salt. The brine seems to not be removable. I believe Marcella prefers salted capers. So there.

    1. Glencora Sep 22, 2006 01:48 AM

      But the ones in brine are easier to find and are fine, at least to start with.

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        Atahualpa Sep 22, 2006 03:00 PM

        Size matters. The bigger, the less salty and the more you can taste the actual caper. That's why I like the fully ripe caperberries you can sometimes find.

        Really, there isn't much difference between brands, if they're the same size. Although, I don't like Unico that much for some reason. Krinos foods in Toronto (are they a bigger company than that?) makes lovely capers that are much cheaper than other brands -- at least here. All those are brined. But, if you can, get some salted capers they really are special.

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          NYchowcook Sep 26, 2006 02:39 AM

          I think that caper berries (those really big, almost crabapple-sized things) are not the same as capers. Am I wrong?

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            Glencora Sep 26, 2006 03:08 AM

            Capers are the buds of a flower on a caper bush so I think that caper berries are simply more mature buds.

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          JennaL Sep 22, 2006 04:23 PM

          There is a place in Guelph Ontario (for those nearby or the very committed) called Market Fresh at Norfolk and Paisley (which is basically part corner veggie store and part Italian specialty store) where I have seen capers packed in salt.

          1. toodie jane Sep 22, 2006 05:44 PM

            the French value the smaller capers over the larger--they prefer less than 10 cm. I suppose they are believed to have a finer flavor.

            1. Tom Steele Sep 22, 2006 06:32 PM

              Alessi bottles capers in white balsamic, and they're DYNAMITE--if you can find them.

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