Did you know that Browne has imported and distributed caviar from Portland, Maine for almost 30 years? This all started from our owner, Rod Browne Mitchell, who is considered a leading world expert on caviar.

Rod oversees the caviar operations and provided this caviar guide for us. If you are interested in learning more about Rod’s story click here.

Caviar Selection
A shot from inside Browne’s caviar room. Browne has one of the most extensive selections of caviar available worldwide.

How to Serve Caviar

Allow refrigerated caviar to sit (unopened) at room temperature for 5-10 minutes prior to serving. Traditionally caviar is served in a two-piece service set, the top holding the delicate eggs and the bottom containing shaved ice.

If you have remaining caviar after serving, we recommend softly spreading it flat, taking care to not break any of the eggs, and then cover with plastic wrap, pressing down gently on the top to limit air space between the eggs and the wrap. The remaining caviar should be consumed within three days.

Caviar can be enjoyed in numerous ways. For an unadulterated experience, try one of our mother of pearl spoons. We recommend these since metal utensils will detract from the caviar’s true essence on your pallet. Consider serving caviar on blinis with crème fraiche, thin toast points lightly coated with sweet butter, or on boiled petit potatoes. 

Caring for Caviar

Caviar should be kept in the coldest part of your fridge and should never be frozen. It will remain optimal in the coldest part of your refrigerator unopened for 4-6 weeks and once opened for 3 days.

Air is caviar’s number one enemy. Ideally, it is best to purchase containers in increments you will consume in a single sitting. Thus, you may want to consider a couple of smaller tins rather than one larger one.

Suggested Serving Sizes

Jar / Tin Size Serves
30g. / 1oz. 1-2 people medium hors d’oeuvres
50g. / 2oz. 2-3 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 4 people light hors d’oeuvres
125g. / 4.5oz. 4-6 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 6-10 people light hors d’oeuvres
250g. / 7oz. 10-15 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 18-20 people light hors d’oeuvres
500g. / 1Lb. 20-25 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 35-45 people light hors d’oeuvres
1 kilo / 2.2 Lb. 50-60 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 80-90 people light hors d’oeuvres

Click here to see our Caviar Gift Sets and Caviar Accompaniments.