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Finding good foie gras outside France is never easy. So here are some different solutions for you:
At a gastronomic restaurant
The simplest way to eat foie gras is to get to a French restaurant. Indeed, there are few French restaurants that don’t have on their menu a foie gras based starter such as a terrine of foie gras, a salad with foie gras or a pan-fried foie gras.
However, not everyone necessarily lives near a good French restaurant, nor does everyone have the means to enjoy a meal in this sort of restaurant. One must admit that the bill can be huge. French restaurants abroad are often luxurious and gastronomic and the prices are often… astronomic. Perfect for a special occasion but difficult to go there very often.
Get your foie gras from a delicatessen
Another possibility is to go to an up-market delicatessen or to a butch-delicatessen that offers French specialities. This is not always so easy to find, especially if you don’t live near in a big city centre.
Here as well, prices are high, especially for foies gras that are unfortunately more or less good quality. We have often been disappointed to notice that “industrial” foies gras are sold in renowned delicatessens.
These products are exactly the same as those that you can buy in any supermarket in France, only marketed under different brands. However considering their reputation and the price, these delicatessens should be able to offer traditional foies gras from artisan producers.
Our advice: if you buy fresh foie gras, make sure you check that you can see the label “Grade A” on the packaging. This means it is good quality foie gras. Bear in mind that frozen foie gras can also be very good; foie gras doesn’t lose any of its quality due to freezing.
Don’t forget that foie gras can be excellent whether it’s bought jarred, half-cooked, fresh or frozen. The flavour of the product depends mostly on the quality of the foies gras used and the producer’s expertise. The free range geese and ducks fed on corn will always allow you to get much better quality foie gras, than that you might get from an animal that has been confined and not able to leisurely move around in a field or a meadow.
In most countries there are online delicatessens who offer French gastronomic products like foie gras, wine or cheeses. On the internet as well, you can find everything, some good stuff and some not so good stuff. There are some decent professionals who propose some good products, but unfortunately also some products that are not half as good quality.
It’s so exasperating when you buy a product that you could have bought for e half or even a third of the price in France. So put “foie gras” into your search engine (in most languages we say “foie gras”), surf the internet and compare the products, the prices and the delivery terms.
Online market places such as Amazon, Ebay and Alibaba may also offer foie gras. Here be even more careful and above all, properly check the product’s composition. The label “Origine France” is not a guarantee of quality.
Choose rather a foie gras with the label IGP (Indication géographique protégé) or Label Rouge, even if it is a little more expensive. Although it’s not an absolute guarantee, it is an additional clue to finding a good quality product, because it means that the producer has necessarily respected a demanding requirements specification whilst making the foies gras.
If you wish to buy foies gras in jars read carefully the ingredients and avoid all foie gras that contains colouring, preservatives or alcohol (wine, port, etc.) the presence of which is most often used to hide a product that is not amazing quality.
Sometimes you can, especially if you live in North America where you can easily find Canadian or American foie gras. But remember that it’s not exactly the same product that you are used to enjoying in France. The methods used for making foie gras are different and often many other products are added.
We at Foie Gras Gourmet think that the only good foie gras is foie gras with salt and pepper. Therefore once again be wary of all the products that contain colouring, preservatives or other additives. Likewise, grand-sounding names such as foie gras mousse, “délices de foie gras” or foie gras pâté are not be recommended since they are often just a way of hiding cheap products that contain foie gras but also duck meat, duck fat or even pork, and many other strange products like flour, colourings, preservatives and other additives.
Other than American and Canadian foies gras, whose taste is different but is often manufactured in the same strict hygiene conditions as in France, we must urge great prudence when it comes to “exotic” products. There is, in France particularly in the South-West, a savoir-faire, a unique traditional method and its quality of which is difficult to imitate.
Lastly check to see if the strict hygiene rules are respected
The jars of foie gras that we propose are heated to 110°; there is no health risk due to a break in the cold chain since they are kept at room temperature. The sterilisation of the foies gras also allows them to go through customs of countries who have strict hygiene laws (United-States, Australia, Japan etc.).
But most of all, foie gras preserved (jarred foie gras) is the traditional method, which means that the foie gras keeps all its smells and authentic flavour. It’s delicious simply with a slice of toast or in a salad.
So don’t forget, you can taste excellent French foies gras in hundreds of countries around the world. No need to wait until Christmas to treat yourself, astonish your neighbours or friends, or indulge yourself in front of the TV or during a family meal.
Obviously, we can’t help but advise you to order your foies gras from Foie Gras Gourmet. Delivery is free wherever in the world you may be and our foies gras has been selected by a panel of gourmets under the authority of Christopher Haton, Professor of Cuisine and “Meilleur Ouvier de France” (Best Craftsman of France, the highest French honour, awarded to the best French chefs).
In 2015, two of the four brands that we offer received a “Medaille d’Or” (Golden Meddle) at the “Salon de l’Agriculture” Agricultural competition at Paris. We weren’t mistaken and we are proud of the products that we offer.
Good luck finding your foie gras and bon appétit! And don’t hesitate to comment or ask as many questions as you want on foie gras.