How Much Do Capers Cost?
A caper is the pickled bud of the caper bush, also known as the Capparis Spinsoa. This plant can be found in many Mediterranean countries. The caper is an edible bud that can be used in various recipes. It is used as a seasoning or garnish and is a dark olive green color, no bigger than a pit of an olive. Many prefer to eat these with salt and vinegar. The cost of capers will depend on the brand, the quantity, and other various factors.
How much is it?
- On average, capers are going to come in 4, 16, or 32 ounce bottles. The cost can vary anywhere from $6 to $17 per bottle, depending on the size.
- For example, a 32 ounce bottle of Bel Aria Nonpariel Capers can cost $9 to $12. A 16 ounce bottle can cost $6 to $9.
- A bulk purchase such as a pack of 12 4 ounce, gourmet jars can cost $28 to $39.
- Organic capers soaked in sea salt can cost $5 to $13 per 3 ounce jar. These types can be found in many gourmet food shops online.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping costs may incur if purchased online. Many retailers require a certain amount to be spent until free shipping is applied. Each merchant is going to vary.
- Seasoned capers that have additional flavors will cost more than plain capers. The price difference may only be anywhere from $2 to $5 extra.
What is going to be included?
- Capers purchase online and in the grocery store are imported from countries such as France. Capers are generally sun dried and pickled in vinegar and salt. Some are flavored, while others are not.
Tips to know:
- Always make sure that you rinse and clean capers straight from the jar. This allows the capers to lose the excess salt from sitting in the jar.
- For those that are on a sodium restrictive diet, it is best to avoid a food such as the caper.
- Capers usually go great with foods such as salads, sauces, seafood, and pasta. There are many great recipes online that include these such as scalloppine.
- If you’re going to store capers, make sure that you have the right part of the plant. Many people tend to get confused with the buds of the plant which look like the capers. When storing, make sure that it’s stored in an air tight container. It can be kept in a room temperature based room for up to 6 months. After the 6 months, it’s advisable that it’s thrown out.
- Before using them, it’s recommended that you wash these under warm water for at least 30 seconds to wash away the excess salt and brine.
- To get the most out of the capers in terms of flavor, try adding them at the end of the cooking process.
How can I save money?
- Consider purchasing in bulk if you are going to use them on more than one meal. Bulk purchases are going to be a lot less per jar than buying individual jars.
- Organic jars are going to cost more than the non-organic. While there isn’t much of a difference, this comes down to a personal preference.