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Kosher Caviar - What's the Best?

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I'm looking for kosher caviar and all I've found is the usual supermarket brands - like Romanoff. Is there a source that's markedly better? Seems everything in the supermarket is whitefish or salmon. Are there any other fish I should be looking for? In short: what's the best? And where can I find it?

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  1. You want a top-of-the line Russian brand of lightly-salted, red salmon eggs. . like http://www.red-caviar.com/ProductInfo...

    Unless, of course, you hold that sturgeon is kosher, this was once a widely held position, but, now, it's complicated, and I'm not cure there is a mainstream posek who eats sturgeon.

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    1. re: AdinaA

      Thank you so much! Yes, it is complicated - kosher or not, sturgeons over-fished, more stuff labeled "Caspian sturgeon caviar" on the market every year than could ever be produced by the number of remaining real Caspian sturgeons... Russian salmon sounds amazing. Thanks!

      1. re: AdinaA

        That price sounds impossibly good . . . 7 ounces for only $12. I've seen tiny jars in supermarkets for twice the price. Do you know this company's reputation? Have you ordered from them? Just seems too good to be true . . . and you know what they say about that.

        By the way, it's not a Russian company; it's an American one, based in Seattle, according to their website.

        1. re: queenscook

          I have gotten Russian salmon caviar, both imported and "Russian style" American brand. I have bought it in stores serving Russian Jews,most recently in San Francisco (it's a nice hotel-room Shabbos first-course)

          But you are right. I cannot vouch for this brand. Nor can I remember the brand they sold in the store in San Francisco, a kosher store just north of Golden Gate Park. But it was a low-salt brand with russian script on the lid. And it was really good. And very pricey for, as you say, a tiny jar.

      2. If you find yourself stuck with the lower line supermarket brands, like the Romanoff Lumpfish (larger black eggs), or Season's whitefish roe (very small/fine eggs), a very gentle washing with fresh water using a fine strainer (GENTLE IS THE KEY WORD HERE!!!) will do wonders in terms of removing the overly salty/fishy overtones most commonly associated with cheap caviar. Interestingly enough the most poskim do not require a heksher on salmon roe as there is not a non-kosher fish which produces anything remotely similar.

        1. I order from Awers Inc. all the time - (www.red-caviar.com), which is the website that AdinaA indicated. We get their red caviar, which is really great (big Russian staple in our house).
          I ordered black caviar from there once for my non-Jewish cousin, and I do not believe it bore any sort of a hechsher, whereas all of the red caviar is O-U certified.
          Note, that you have to order a minimum of 12 items in order for them to ship anything to you. We usually do a neighborhood order, that way we also save $ on shipping. And of course, since they are sending it out of Washington state, there are no taxes:). I think they have a Facebook page, so if you follow them, they post discount codes from time to time. Good luck!

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          1. re: lenchik

            If you don't need to buy 12 items directly from red-caviar.com - contact russian food store in you area. They probably sell Awers Inc salmon red caviar. My local store does. Price is almost the same as on the web.