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Dec 30, 2007 02:57 PM

Where to buy unsalted anchovies in LA/SFV?

Does anyone know where in LA to buy unsalted anchovies? I'm located in the SFV, but I'm willing to drive 10-15 miles to find them. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Try Gelson's, WHole Foods, Surfas (a little bit of a drive) 99 Ranch Market.

    But frankly, that's a tough call!

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    1. re: Diana

      Ikea sells anchovies in a tin that come with juice, but I am not certain if they are unsalted. Can you maybe rinse them off?

    2. Bay Cities Deli, on Lincoln between Colorado and Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, carries a bunch of different types of anchovies. I don't know if any of the varieties are unsalted, but why not give them a call and find out? Here's their home page:

      1. Not sure if I'm following. Are you talking about fresh whole anchovies with heads, guts and all? Maybe prepared white anchovy filets in vinegar? Not sure what you mean by unsalted.

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        1. re: Professor Salt

          They are definitely canned and look like other tinned anchovies that you might find typically but don't contain the salt. They are extremely hard to find in the US apparently. I know you can purchase them in England, Spain, and possibly Sweden, but I have not been able to find them in the US. I just thought I'd try to see if any of you knowledgeable Chowhounds might be able to lead the way. Thanks for trying!

          1. re: Erika RollerGirl

            whole foods always has them -- usually in the deli section, sold by weight, not in a tin, which whole foods does I'm sure to mark them up.

            1. re: George

              Really? I'm surprised! I guess I never thought to check their deli section because I'm used to them being tinned. I will definitely check there. Thanks!

            2. re: Erika RollerGirl

              You could try a brit import store, like Friar Tuck SHop or the COntinental Shoppe in Santa Monica.

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