Thursday, August 20, 2015

Know Your Anchovies

By Cecily Costa.

Anchovies  (pronunciation: ANN-choh-veez OR ann-CHOH-veez)   Best quality come salted.  Rinse the salt off before using.  Unopened canned anchovies can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place.  Once opened, they will keep for up to two days if you wrap them well and refrigerate them.   Substitutes:  anchovy paste (½ teaspoon anchovy paste for each fillet) .  Information sourced from

Is there really a difference between anchovies from Asia, Chile or the Mediterranean?  Yes. 
It might be the species, the quality of the oil and salt, or even in the processing.   Our best quality anchovies come from Scalia in SicilyBenedetto Scalia in Sciacca, Italy founded Scalia on the Mediterranean coast in 1973.  Anchovies and sardines are the main products of Scalia. The local fishing fleet provides the fish.  The top priority of the company is their Guarantee of Quality.  Their modern-day method of  production closely parallels that of ancient tradition.  All phases of workmanship, with exclusion of the drying and wrapping process, are precisely executed by the local women of Sciacca using specific handcrafting techniques.  All fish are immediately prepared upon arrival in order to retain their freshness and precious qualities.

*Contact your BiRite Sales Rep for a complete list of anchovies that we stock.