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Storing Marinated White Anchovies

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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?

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  1. That should work. If you check the expiration date on refrigerated jars of herring in wine /vinegar, it's surprisingly more than a year.

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    1. re: Veggo

      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.

      1. re: pitterpatter

        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.