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Aug 19, 2008 01:44 PM

Storing Anchovies?

Can jarred anchovies packaged in olive oil (like Ortiz) be stored in the pantry after opening?

I'm not a big fan of the way the oil congeals in the refrigerator.



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  1. I usually store mine in the fridge, despite the congealing issue - you can alway remove them a bit ahead of time.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      About three weeks ago was my first time cooking with anchovies, I was making Konigsberger Klopse which called for 10 anchovies fillets. The dish was delicious but I had fillets left over and on the jar it didn't say how to store them, assuming seafood like stuff should be in the frig that is where I stored them.

      However, when I was removing the fillets I needed for my dish I removed most of the oil. (the only way I could get them out) What little oil that was left in the jar is now congealed but the fillets smell like sardine like, I'm thinking that's a good thing.

      So now, I'm wondering are the anchovies fillets still good to cook with?

    2. Hey Tipsy,

      I don't know about keeping them in the pantry but I do know what you mean about the congealing issue. You can run under warm water (yeah I know, then you have a watery anchovy fillet...).

      I usually stick to a few brands from a local italian market. They're in a rather large 16oz can. The oil remains very liquid and clear in the fridge.

      1. Have you ever tried the ones salt-packed from Italy? I prefer them myself but takes a bit of extra care in repackaging them once they are opened to be kept in the frig. You need to wrap up the can pretty good.
        If you use them be sure to wash them well prior to using.

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        1. re: kevine

          Yeah...I have tried the salt packed variety. Didn't like the resultant flavor after rinsing them off.

          Just put my Ortiz jar in the fridge. I'll deal with the congealing.



        2. I just bring them back to room temp.

          1. I always store the jar in the pantry after opening and I'm not dead yet. I've even found an open jar in the way way back of the cupboard of very questionable age (at least a year) and went ahead and used it.