How is Black Caviar preserved?

Black caviar is a delicacy that has been around for centuries. To enjoy the best flavour of the different types of caviar, meticulous preservation techniques are where suppliers can make all the difference. 

The Essence of Black Caviar Preservation

The journey to preserving impeccable caviar begins with the selection of the finest sturgeon roe. The Caviar Company prides itself on sourcing caviar from reputable and sustainable farms, ensuring that each delicate pearl of flavour is a testament to the quality of its origins.

Traditional Preservation Techniques

Venturing on a journey through time, traditional caviar preservation techniques stand as guardians of the culinary heritage surrounding this luxurious delicacy. Among these age-old methods, salt curing emerges as a venerable practice that has gracefully endured the test of centuries. Delicately applied, this technique not only imparts a distinctive flavour but also contributes to the caviar's extended shelf life. The role of salt in preserving caviar eggs is akin to an artisan's touch, a closely guarded secret passed down through generations. The selection of premium-grade salt is paramount, as it not only acts as a preservative but also shapes the final character of the caviar, ensuring a symphony of taste that resonates with the echoes of time.


"Malossol," translating to 'little salt' in Russian, emerges as the guardian of freshness for the coveted Black Caviar. This meticulous process involves a subtle addition of salt to each batch, a closely guarded secret within a dedicated profession. Balancing this fine line is an art; too little jeopardises the caviar's lifespan, while an excess compromises its exquisite taste. Mastering this delicate equilibrium enhances the caviar's flavour, ensuring a prolonged, luxurious experience.

Malossol caviar finds its sanctuary at -2°C, just above freezing, owing to its salt content. Freezing, a culinary taboo, risks altering the texture that defines each pearl of caviar. Optimal storage resides in the coolest recesses of your fridge, preserving Malossol's splendour for a generous 6-8 weeks. Once unveiled, the countdown begins, offering a brief but delectable window—though, let's face it, who could resist savouring the entire tin in one sitting? Malossol, where precision meets perfection, ensures every bite is a testament to the art and science of caviar preservation.

Pressed Caviar 

Meticulously curated from broken and exceptionally delicate eggs, a symphony of flavours converges as they are carefully sorted and united. Through transformative alchemy, these eggs undergo a meticulous process of salting and compression, resulting in a singular, solid block of culinary opulence. Originating from a diverse array of fish, possibly spanning various sturgeon varieties, this unique creation is a testament to our commitment to culinary innovation. The Caviar Company extends an exclusive offering of pressed caviar to discerning restaurants, inviting chefs to elevate their culinary narratives. Consider the confit salmon with pressed caviar—an exemplary dish that encapsulates the artistry of our culinary treasure. For those eager to embrace this gastronomic delight, please reach out to us at for an updated price list and embark on a journey of unparalleled culinary sophistication.

Pasteurised Caviar 

Derived from the sturgeon, caviar undergoes a meticulous process of removal, salting, and pasteurization—a heating procedure applied during canning. The advantage lies in the extended shelf life, eliminating the need for refrigeration. Yet, this convenience comes with a discernible compromise in quality, as the pasteurisation process alters the outer lining of the eggs. Commonly found in tourist shops in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tehran, or Baku, pasteurised caviar serves as a travel-friendly option, perfect for plane journeys. While this method ensures accessibility, The Caviar Company takes a different stance, prioritising an authentic caviar experience for our UK clientele. We refrain from stocking pasteurised caviar, reserving the truest essence for the most discerning palates. However, for those seeking luxury in environments where refrigeration is impractical, we've supplied pasteurised caviar to shooting and fishing parties. For inquiries and an up-to-date price list, please contact us at, ensuring you experience caviar in its most authentic form.

Packaging and Presentation

In the realm of caviar, the experience begins long before the first taste. It starts with the artistry of packaging—a delicate dance between aesthetics and functionality. At The Caviar Company, we recognise that the visual allure of caviar is as crucial as its flavour. Our packaging is a testament to this philosophy, carefully curated to not only preserve the delicate essence of each pearl but also to serve as a luxurious prelude to the gastronomic journey that awaits. From the choice of materials that cradle the caviar to the design elements that grace the exterior, every detail is meticulously crafted to enhance the overall consumer experience. Unveiling a tin of The Caviar Company's caviar is not just an act; it's an invitation to indulge in a sensory symphony.

Sustainability in Caviar Preservation: Nurturing Nature's Bounty

In an era where sustainability is paramount, The Caviar Company stands as a pillar of ethical sourcing and environmentally conscious preservation practices. Our commitment extends beyond the exquisite flavour of caviar to the very source of its existence as highlighted by our CITES certification (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). We conscientiously select suppliers who share our dedication to responsible practices. From the sea to your table, every step is guided by a commitment to preserve the delicate balance of nature. Our packaging choices reflect this ethos, opting for eco-friendly materials that minimise our environmental footprint. With each tin of caviar, you're not just savouring a culinary masterpiece; you're participating in a sustainable journey that ensures the legacy of caviar for generations to come.

Tips for Consumers: Bringing Caviar Elegance Home 

Enhance your at-home dining with the expertise of the Caviar Company: 

  • Storage Temperature: Keep caviar in the coldest part of your refrigerator, ideally at -2°C.
  • Container Choice: Use an airtight container to shield caviar from air exposure, preserving its freshness.
  • Handling Technique: Gently handle caviar with non-metallic utensils to maintain its delicate texture.
  • Optimal Enjoyment: While caviar is best enjoyed shortly after opening, proper storage can extend its shelf life to 2-4 days.