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    Post #1 - December 3rd, 2018, 7:35 am
    Post #1 - December 3rd, 2018, 7:35 am Post #1 - December 3rd, 2018, 7:35 am
    Any recs on where to purchase moderate level caviar / or nice roe in the city? We like to use it on potato latkes for hannukah and for the size crowd we're serving and the application it seems salmon roe is best, but, as the husband puts it, "Whole Foods only has really expensive cheap caviar." (We're looking for something in between tobiko at HMart and finer stuff for New Year's Eve at Dirk's.) Thanks!
  • Post #2 - December 3rd, 2018, 7:59 am
    Post #2 - December 3rd, 2018, 7:59 am Post #2 - December 3rd, 2018, 7:59 am
    I have seen jars & cans of caviar in a locked refrigerated case in Fresh Farms on Touhy. Also I believe I've seen it at Marketplace on Oakton. Both stores serve some Russian/E. European clientele. I have no clue about the quality, just know that I've seen it.

    I'd call to ask if they still carry it and maybe ask questions about qualitly/price point, since all I'm going on is my memory at the moment.

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  • Post #3 - December 3rd, 2018, 8:34 am
    Post #3 - December 3rd, 2018, 8:34 am Post #3 - December 3rd, 2018, 8:34 am
    I've bought salmon roe in the fresh fish section at Mitsuwa and Tensuke Market, perfect for topping latkes. I'd imagine Joong Boo and H-Mart also carry salmon roe.

    Mitsuwa
    100 E Algonquin Rd,
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005

    Tensuke Market
    3 S Arlington Heights Rd,
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #4 - December 4th, 2018, 6:29 am
    Post #4 - December 4th, 2018, 6:29 am Post #4 - December 4th, 2018, 6:29 am
    If you ask, both Mitsuwa and Fresh Farms will sell you a 1 Kilo package of Salmon Roe with the best price being Fresh Farms, both sometimes being the same product from Alaska.
    We refreeze in plastic storage containers in usable size. Lasts at least a year and the most economic way I know to purchase.
    As to the ‘New Years Stuff’, with the scarcity and price, the only way I purchase Sturgeon Caviar is from direct from Sterling in California.
    Get the cheapest grade as it’s all from the same one type of Sturgeon they raise.
    They grade the eggs and price as to size.
    The grading of most other sturgeon refers to the actual species itself.-Richard
  • Post #5 - December 4th, 2018, 8:14 am
    Post #5 - December 4th, 2018, 8:14 am Post #5 - December 4th, 2018, 8:14 am
    budrichard wrote:If you ask, both Mitsuwa and Fresh Farms will sell you a 1 Kilo package of Salmon Roe with the best price being Fresh Farms, both sometimes being the same product from Alaska.
    We refreeze in plastic storage containers in usable size. Lasts at least a year and the most economic way I know to purchase.

    Hi,

    How much did this cost the last time?

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #6 - December 4th, 2018, 12:14 pm
    Post #6 - December 4th, 2018, 12:14 pm Post #6 - December 4th, 2018, 12:14 pm
    I would also call the Fish Guy. Their weekly newsletter often has caviar options that are not quite break-the-bank level.
  • Post #7 - December 4th, 2018, 1:44 pm
    Post #7 - December 4th, 2018, 1:44 pm Post #7 - December 4th, 2018, 1:44 pm
    Wixter Market may have this? I'm not certain. Interesting little shop regardless.

    Wixter Market
    2110 W. Division St.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    312-248-2800
    http://www.wixtermarket.com
  • Post #8 - December 5th, 2018, 6:41 am
    Post #8 - December 5th, 2018, 6:41 am Post #8 - December 5th, 2018, 6:41 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    budrichard wrote:If you ask, both Mitsuwa and Fresh Farms will sell you a 1 Kilo package of Salmon Roe with the best price being Fresh Farms, both sometimes being the same product from Alaska.
    We refreeze in plastic storage containers in usable size. Lasts at least a year and the most economic way I know to purchase.

    Hi,

    How much did this cost the last time?

    Regards,
    Cathy2


    If I remember correctly at Fresh Farms, $100/Kilo, Mitsuwa was more for the same product.
    Ask for one frozen to get freshest possible and look at dates on package.
    Slightly thaw, repackage, good for at least one year frozen.
  • Post #9 - December 5th, 2018, 9:22 am
    Post #9 - December 5th, 2018, 9:22 am Post #9 - December 5th, 2018, 9:22 am
    The fish guy has decent deals around new years for caviar. They will have different grades, and usually have a good midrange Belgium caviar in years past. Keep an eye on their newsletter or website as we get closer to Christmas.
  • Post #10 - December 15th, 2018, 5:14 pm
    Post #10 - December 15th, 2018, 5:14 pm Post #10 - December 15th, 2018, 5:14 pm
    Fresh Farms, Touhy, today, Alaskan Salmon Caviar, 1 Kilo package $84.99.
    Harvested 7/14/18, expiration date July 2020.
    Ask for frozen package at the Deli Counter and check dates.
    Semi-thaw and repack in those little disposal cups/lids sold for food storage.
    Don’t worry about mashing a few eggs as when they completely thaw, you can’t tell.
    Everyone buys from the same source in North America.
    We reuse the the plastic containers.
    I don’t have a photo hosting service or I would provide pics.-
    Richard
  • Post #11 - December 15th, 2018, 7:07 pm
    Post #11 - December 15th, 2018, 7:07 pm Post #11 - December 15th, 2018, 7:07 pm
    Sunset foods had a caviar tasting today and the Marky's bowfin caviar was pretty good. it was $10/oz at Sunset but I ordered a kilo tin on the Markys website for a little over $200 delivered fedex next day. I lean towards gluttony on the quality/quantity scale. It seemed better than the salmon caviar, and was pretty darn close to the sturgeon caviar that was 2+x the price. Markys has a 10caviar coupon for 10% off.

    -Will
  • Post #12 - December 16th, 2018, 6:58 am
    Post #12 - December 16th, 2018, 6:58 am Post #12 - December 16th, 2018, 6:58 am
    That’s certainly a reasonable price as Sterling Caviar is over $2000/Kilo.
    Sterling did/does have a 30% off but I don’t remember the code!
    FWIW, the $84.99 product at Fresh Farms is $207 + shipping at Marky’s.(-10%)
    Next time I go to Fresh Farms, I will look at their other Caviar’s.
    It does pay to shop around!
    Now on to the Sparkling wine to go with!
    Binny’s has Freixenet at $6.99/bottle. Best Cava for the price.
    House Champagne’s now start at about $35 and on UP!-Richard
  • Post #13 - December 16th, 2018, 9:30 am
    Post #13 - December 16th, 2018, 9:30 am Post #13 - December 16th, 2018, 9:30 am
    At Fresh Farms on Golf, the caviar is in a vertical cooler between the registers and the exit.
    Image
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  • Post #14 - December 16th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Post #14 - December 16th, 2018, 4:35 pm Post #14 - December 16th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Caviar pics courtesy of BudRichard.
    budrichard wrote:Fresh Farms, Touhy, today, Alaskan Salmon Caviar, 1 Kilo package $84.99.

    CavBud1.jpg.jpg Image by BudRichard

    CavBud2.jpg.jpg Image by BudRichard
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow

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