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Nov 20, 2005 01:57 PM
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anchovies -- best brand?

  • j

So, which are the ultimate anchovies? Oil- or salt-packed? What brand? The choices at my local gourmet/international market are plentiful and overwhelming.

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  1. salt packed is usually better.

    1. I don't know about *best*, but I cook alot w/ anchovies, and have generally been happy with any decent-looking glass jarful packed in oil (plump, whole). I figure any jar is head and shoulders above the tube of anchovy paste!

      1. The Italian chefs use salt packed. I don't know brands. But if you were to buy them at a good Italian deli you'd be doing yourself a favor.

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        1. re: Niki Rothman

          Yeah that is not true at all, oil packed in tubs or jars is what most of use as the actual salt amount varies and can change the taste of the dish we are making.

        2. I like the oil packed, because I always add the oil to what I'm cooking also.

          1. Some say salt-packed are better, but you have to filet them yourself I think. For logistical ease I buy the Ortiz brand in a jar, packed in oil. They are a bit more expensive than other brands, but have really good flavor (and they come with a nice little fork think stuck to the jar). I think Cook's Illustrated or another mag also rated them the best.