Storing Marinated White Anchovies
Hubby & I were cruising Costco this past Sunday, & I couldn't resist picking up a 2-pack of refrigerated imported-from-Italy "SeaGarden" brand "Marinated White Anchovies".
These obviously are nothing like salt or oil-packed anchovies. They're marinated in white-wine vinegar & herbs.
My question is - how would you best preserve what you don't use. These packets are BIG. There's no way I'll be eating all of them at one sitting. For regular old oil-packed anchovies, I transfer them to small glass jars & top them off with olive oil before putting them into the fridge. But since these don't have oil in/on them to begin with, I wouldn't do that.
Maybe put them in a jar, top them off with white wine vinegar, & fridge them?
I'm not so sure about that. Unless they are already packed with vinegar only, no oil, which I doubt, the vinegar flavor could become rather strong and could possibly ruin the texture. I just bought a one-pound container of these myself -- a different brand -- and it has an expiration date of one month. I've never seen these without oil.
You're right! I just double-checked the packages (which I haven't opened yet - they're "best before Sept. 19, 2012"), & the ingredients are: "Anchovy filets, vegetable oil, wine vinegar, parsley, garlic, salt, acidity regulator: citric acid". I guess because the liquid in with the white anchovies is so very crystal clear, I just assumed no oil.
So I guess after opening I'll treat them as I do regular anchovies - put them in a small jar & top them off with extra-virgin olive oil.