Caviar spoon

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Mother of pearl caviar spoon
Mother of pearl caviar spoon 5.5 inch with engraved sterling silver handle
Caviar spoons with assorted caviar

Caviar spoons are traditionally made of inert materials, such as mother of pearl,[1] gold, animal horn, and wood.[2]

There is a custom that caviar should not be served with a metal spoon, because metal may impart an undesirable flavour.[3] Some food experts point out that caviar is stored and sold in metal tins, and therefore any effect of metal on caviar flavour is a misconception;[4] however, others point out that silver is reactive, and may affect caviar flavour.[5]

Caviar spoons range in length from 3 to 5 inches, and have a small shallow bowl that may be either oval or paddle shaped.


  1. ^ Wolke, Robert L. (2002). What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. p. 163. ISBN 0393011836.
  2. ^ "Eating Utensils: History of Cutlery: History of the Spoon". Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  3. ^ Tesauro, Jason and Phineas Mollod (2002). The Modern Gentleman (2nd ed.). [Berkeley, Calif.]: Ten Speed Press. p. 48. ISBN 9781607740063.
  4. ^ Moore, Brett. "Gourmet Food - Storing and Serving Caviar". Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  5. ^ Burnside, Margaret Word (Jan–Feb 2010). "Ask Margaret: Why can't caviar be served with metal spoons?". Tampa Bay Magazine. 25 (1). Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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