When natural disasters or social and economic situation come to us, people turn to time-tested food – preserves. It begins to be purchased massively, emptying the shelves or opening up old stocks. Not an exception and developed countries. For example, in the US, Hurricane Sandy made this category of products very popular. The reason for this is the technology of cooking this food, because conservation allows food to be stored for a very long time. It is worth noting that canned goods are in demand not only during emergencies or cataclysms.
Invented such a method of cooking in 1809, the Frenchman Nicolas Upper. Since then, canned food has gained popularity in different parts of the world. In the Soviet Union, the industry produced about 600 items of this product. Today, on the shelves, in addition to the usual and already banal stew and green peas appear exotic, and therefore expensive, canned food. Let’s talk about them in detail, because they surprise not only their price and their name, but also their taste.
Black sturgeon caviar.
126 gram jar of this delicacy costs about 30 dollars. I must say that black caviar is one of the most elite delicacies, and in general it is the most expensive canned product in the world. Not for nothing black caviar is called “food of kings”. In Europe, this fish product is ready to pay up to 5 thousand euros per kilogram, while in Russia the prices are more humane. True, and we have black caviar is not available to the vast majority of consumers. But Russia is one of the few exporters of this elite product. The high cost of preserves can be explained – every year the number of sturgeon in the Caspian Sea decreases. As a result, the delicacy becomes more and more rare. In 2003, Russia officially banned the production of black caviar. As a result, plants for artificial sturgeon breeding appeared in the country. They are the main suppliers of the elite product for its subsequent conservation. The caviar produced at such plants is allowed to be sold officially.
This edible molluscum lives in the coastal waters of Mexico, Japan and California. The shell of the sea creature resembles the human ear in its shape, so this kind is often called. Mollusc meat is considered an exquisite delicacy, it is used not only in canned, but even in raw form. However, for the pleasure of delicacies will have to pay a lot. And this despite the fact that the shellfish is not only mined in the ocean, but is also grown artificially. Calmex produces canned goods with abalone, this product costs about $ 120. For this price, the buyer obtain three whole mollusks with a total mass of almost half a kilogram. It should be noted that not only abalone meat goes to food, but also shells are excellent for making jewelry.
Chinese black truffles.
For many of us truffles are strongly associated with chocolate sweets. However, real gourmets know that truffles are delicacy mushrooms. They are so expensive that in the lean years are comparable literally with gold. There are several types of truffles in the world. Black Chinese is considered the most accessible. However, in this case, “Chinese” does not mean fake. Low cost for European species is due to the fact that China is able to provide excellent conditions, which is expressed in a large yield of elite mushrooms. The local product is exported to Europe, and canned food is also prepared from it. On sale it is difficult to find fresh truffles, but in canned form they are found more often. Before the mushrooms are placed in a jar, they are cleaned, and to preserve the taste is original, the juice and salt are added to the product. There is such a conservation of about $ 64 per bank.
The phrase “fatty liver” at first glance frightens, but that’s exactly how the translation of the world famous French delicacy foie gras sounds verbatim.It is in this European country that they produce the most of such a product, and they consume it most of all right there. But the dish was invented not in France at all – the Egyptians were the first to specially feed ducks and geese. Thus, the birds formed a very large and fatty liver, which became the basis for delicacy. Foie gras looks like pate, however, the way of cooking is different here. The product also features a consistency and a gentle creamy taste. On sale foie gras is often found in the form of canned food. It can be a whole piece “whole” or stuffing with separate pieces of liver “bloc”. If you decide to pamper yourself with foie gras, cook about 50 British pounds for such canned food. And note that the delicacy should be served chilled. Foie gras cut into slices with a special knife without denticles and put on warm bread.
Another popular delicacy in France is the escargot. An unusual name hides behind a dish of grape snails. These creatures collect the French after the rain right in their gardens. And there are snails people have learned in antiquity, in the Middle Ages such food was allowed during the periods of fasting. Today snails have become a delicacy, which is served only on holidays and for dinner parties. It should be noted that it is not so easy to prepare an escargot yourself. Beforehand, you need to get the snail meat from its shell, then stuff it with herbs, garlic butter and put it back. In the case of canned escargoes, the recipe looks simpler – the snails are simply poured with spicy broth. It can be absolutely simple, including spices and salt in addition to water, but some vegetable supplements can also be included. Before consuming such canned food, the broth must be drained and the snails washed under running water. Such snails cost about $ 60 for a bank.
In Europe, autumn is sometimes called a season of chestnuts. At this time of year they harvest their crops, in the cities smells of this fragrant delicacy. Chestnuts are often cooked directly on the streets, in special braziers. It is believed that such a product is especially appreciated in France. And the reason is not only their taste, but also the history of the appearance of the dish. It is said that the god Jupiter fell in love with the nymph Ney, but that reciprocity did not answer him. As a result, the goddess turned into a beautiful tree with delicious fruits and carved leaves. In Russia, the history of eating chestnuts originates from the time of Catherine the Great. However, after the revolution, recipes for cooking delicacies were undeservedly removed from the pages of culinary dishes. That’s why we have chestnuts prepared rarely and not as openly as in Europe. But nobody prevents to begin acquaintance with such unusual food from its conservation. Chestnuts are placed in cans, both in their own juice, and in sweet syrup and even brandy. There is such a product about $ 30, on sale also there is also a chestnut puree, also in the form of conservation.
For us scorpions are, above all, poisonous and dangerous creatures, causing a sense of fear and some disgust. But in Asia, these spiders are a tasty dish. In China, scorpions are cooked for a couple, and then served on a thin cake with vegetables and sauce. Of the spiders in Asia have learned to even cook shish kebabs – they are fried in boiling oil with lime leaves and chili pepper. Not so long ago on the shelves there were also canned scorpions, such a product costs about 6 dollars. In the bank, exotic insects are already fried and ready for use without additional preparation. It is worth noting that the heat treatment destroys the poison of scorpions, so that they can be completely without fear. Sometimes the taste of this spider is compared with shrimp, but there is only slightly bitter taste. In Asia, moreover, it is believed that scorpion meat has medicinal properties. In Europe, such a dish is sometimes used as an exotic appetizer for beer.
This food is also quite unusual in our region. And in Thailand, even 20 years ago, bamboo worms were eaten mostly in the form of spices. However, the massive invasion of locusts led to the fact that farmers began to catch, fry and eat insects. As a result, some of them have become a kind of delicacy in the country. Its most popular form today are bamboo worms. Thais call them “the mouth of a duan express” for the size and relatively high speed of movement. In fact, these are not worms at all, but larvae of grassy moths, which are born, and then live inside the bamboo trunks. If before the insects were mined, cutting plants, then today they are already purposefully planted on farms. Bamboo worms are first fried in oil, and then packed into bags, like chips or placed in cans. There is such an exotic delicacy of about 4 euros. When eating worms, there is a crunch, similar to the sounds of popcorn. However, there is no special taste for this product.
Crocodile meat in curry sauce.
Preserved stew, in everyday life – stew, no one is surprised. But the crocodile meat cooked in this way, which can now be found on the shelves of some shops, looks unusual. However, people used to eat meat of bloodthirsty alligators for a long time. In many restaurants in Singapore gourmets offer fried in oil pieces of crocodile meat. And in Australia, one of the festive dishes is a pie with alligator meat. In the US, this product is used to prepare soup. This fashion has not left aside the inhabitants of Thailand, who especially for tourists learned to cook crocodile meat in curry sauce. There is also a conservation with such a product, it costs 11 British pounds and is exported. Especially for this reptile is grown on special farms. In the course are even inedible parts of crocodiles – they are used for the manufacture of leather goods. Canned crocodile meat is immediately ready to be taken for food, they say that jasmine rice is perfectly combined with it.
What people have learned to eat, snake meat, is not a secret to anyone. In France, this dish was generally popular until the XVII century. In those days, people believed that this product has a good effect on the appearance of the person and on his health in general. The writer Madame de Sevigne even advised her daughter to devote one month of the year to a vagabond diet. As a result, from the ration of Europeans and Americans, snake meat has gradually disappeared, but in Asia and Africa, the snake remains a welcome object for local cooks. It is believed that almost all snakes, even poisonous ones, are suitable for food. You just have to treat them specially and remove the poison glands. Among snake delicacies, one of the most important is cobra meat. Not only fresh dishes are prepared from it, but also canned. This product eventually goes beyond Asia, it can be found on the shelves of ethnic and unusual products, and then taste. It is worth such canned food about 15 dollars.