If you haven't heard of the Crayfish Party, then you really need to brush up on your world festivities and celebrations. As the Swedish summer draws to a close, Swedes remain outdoors as long as the clear August skies last sharing a bowlful of crayfish and a wheel of finely aged Vasterbotten cheese.
Crayfish Party Then
Crayfish have been eaten in Sweden for hundreds of years, dating as early as the 16th century. For quite some time, only the noble and aristocracy partook of these delicacies as Swedes believed then that shellfish was common. Initially crayfish was used to make sausage, ragout, patties, and even puddings.
During the mid-19th century, people began to eat crayfish the way they are eaten today. In the 20th century, crayfish became the country's national delicacy and people in all walks of life began to join the celebration. The crayfish feast at which family and friends gather to eat, drink and enjoy Vasterbotten cheese is a typical Swedish festivity marking the end of the summer.
Crayfish Party Now
Running the risk of over fishing, the government issued restrictions on river crayfishing in the early 20th century. Crayfishing was only allowed to a couple of months from August. From then on, crayfish then became an exclusive and much sought-after delicacy in Sweden.
Today imported crayfish are on sale all throughout the year, but only a few Swedes are open to the idea of abandoning the summer tradition. While Chinese crayfish and U.S. crayfish are always deemed best, the Swedish crayfish have always been the favorite of everyone. But regardless of origin, Swedish crayfish is cooked just the way Swedes like them - in a brine, with lots of crown dill.
Crayfish Party Essentials
If you want to host your own crayfish party, say in your own apartment up 6th avenue, here are the things that you will need:
Crayfish (of course) - you can buy frozen crayfish from any local store or from the internet. You an also get crayfish from several supplies who will ship it right to your doorstep.
Dill - the secret to pushing the taste of crayfish to the surface is tons of fresh dill. You can grab this from any foods store down the street.
Vasterbotten Cheese - the salty taste of crayfish meat plays well with the texture and full flavor of Vasterbotten cheese. A natural ingredient for most Swedish cuisines, Vasterbotten cheese will definitely turn your crayfish party the real, Swede way!
But this is the tricky part; Vasterbotten cheese is not sold anywhere and only a few cheese shops have the genuine, best-tasting Swedish Vasterbotten cheese. Make sure that the cheese shop you buy Vasterbotten cheese from is credible and truly sells the best cheeses in the world.