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RuthAnn's picture

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i'm a big fan of anchovies - and have been craving them alot lately (okay, i'm pregnant, not that THAT has anything to do with it)
Anyway - i've always read that the salt packed anchovies are the best. I have yet to find them. i check every gourmet market, and have searched all over the internet, no luck. If anyone knows of a source, i would be eternally grateful! Barring that, any recommendations for brands of oil packed?

thanks guys!

~ra

Carolina's picture

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RuthAnn,

Looks like the only place you're going to find salted anchovies is in an Italian market. They come in a can and don't keep for very long. If you can find them, ask to buy only as many as you need from a big can which has been freshly opened. You will need to use them within a few days. Otherwise, you will need to wash off all the salt and refrigerate them in a jar of olive oil.

Carolina's picture

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RuthAnn,

Found your anchovies at www.dibruno.com
It's an Italian market in Philadelphia. They seem to be
i slightly
on the expensive side at $18.99 per kg.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Salt-packed anchovies need to be rinsed, whether they are a few days old or not, or your mouth will turn inside out and you will retain water for a year and a half!!

You may find the oil packed ones more palatable if you soak them in milk for a half hour - they will have less of a fishy taste. After the milk soak, just rinse off and use.

Carolina is right, if you live in a metropolitan area that has an Italian population, that is the best place to find them. But bring a truck because you will find a million other things you want. (I am Italian and speak from experience...LOL.)

:)

RuthAnn's picture

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Thanks for the tips!

I found Balducci's on the 'Net- they have a 350gm tin for $8.00.

as for reducing the fishy taste by soaking in milk - no way! that's why i love anchovies!

like i said, i'm pregnant - i'll probably be putting them on ice cream, next.

Jean_'s picture

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There is no accounting for those pregnancy cravings!
During my first pregnancy I craved Franco-American Spaghetti!!!!!!!!!!!! Haven't eaten it before or since. >:-P Blech!

Chiffonade_'s picture

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OMG!! I craved Franco-American Ravioli (something my Naples-born dad refers to as "paste for the walls"). I bought about 10 large cans. I had the baby and had about 6 left and donated them to a soup kitchen. Couldn't even look at the stuff after that.

Also craved Kraft Mac & Cheese (the POWDERED one).

RuthAnn's picture

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last week i ate a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli! how's that for disgusting!?

the only other weird thing I've eaten is Tuna Salad on toast...for breakfast!

=)

Rebecca's picture

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Try creamed tuna on toast - make a basic white sauce, add a can of tuna, heat through, add pepper & lots of salt, & pour over toast (a white bread, not Whole wh.)...we're really getting sidetracked, here...................