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Jul 30, 2011 06:10 PM

Where to buy fresh/frozen anchovies ?

Ive found an Asian market that sells them but the type is wrong for what i intend to do(Boquerones). Does anyone know a place besides an Asian market? I'm even at the point id be willing to buy online with a recommendation .

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  1. Wow, this is one I've been wondering about too. There's the little salties you can find in the grocery store. Then the canned Italian ones packed in salt. But Fresh? I've worked with the frozen ones from the Asian markets around town and you're right, they're off. Are you making something Mediteranean? I have tons of cool recipes particularily Provencal (Richard Olney's Provencal cookbook) that require the salted anchovies, they throw anchovies in everything. The Spanish food website LA Tienda has Boquerones but they're in Jars I think, Maybe ask on the main CHOW board if you want info on online fresh anchovies. Good Luck. I'd love to know the answer as well.

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    1. re: lobsterchurch

      Today I saw what was labeled as fresh anchoives at the Scottsdale Costco, in the refrigerator food section near the meats & cheeses, fresh pasta & other prepared foods. I did not buy them, but remembered this post/discussion and thought I'd pass it along.

    2. I haven't looked for them in a while, but I've picked up fresh white anchovies at the Whole Foods in Chandler several times over the years since they've opened.

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      1. re: ziggylu

        Anchovies? Really? I've seen sardines at Whole Foods (frozen, defrosted), but never anchovies. Even asked.

        1. re: ziggylu

          Cool, Whole Foods? man I wish I had one of those near me. I'm in Youngtown. How were the anchovies? what did you use them for? I have certain obsession with these fish becasue I love Mediterranean cooking and they're a staple for that part of the world.

          1. re: lobsterchurch

            they keep them in the cooler by the fish counter. if i get a chance i'll go by this weekend and see if they still carry them. there's one up in north scottsdale though that's still quite a drive for you.

            I have a friend that really loves them so when she comes over I pick some up for her and put them out with other good spanish nibbles. I haven't looked for them in over a year though so maybe they don't have them anymore. Like I said I'll try and check since I live very close to the Chandler location.

            1. re: ziggylu

              Do report back if you find them. That would be huge. I don't think I've ever even *seen* them fresh :-) Packed in oil, salt, vinegar, whatever... but never fresh.

              1. re: Dmnkly

                they have to mean sardines. i've never seen fresh anchovies here.

                1. re: azhotdish

                  I purchased fresh white anchovies at the Tempe Whole Foods several years ago. At that time, they told me they carry them seasonally. Worth a call. They were fantastic, and very pricey (but worth it).

        2. I like to buy frozen anchovy