Anchovies in Italian Food

Anchovies are a very important part of the flavor of Italian food. However, many people, even fans of Italian food claim to not like anchovies. Some people have bad memories of smelly little fish on pizza that have forever tainted their view of Italian food that includes anchovies.

Unbeknownst to many of these people is the fact that anchovies are widely used in Italian food and it’s likely that some of their favorite Italian food dishes are made with anchovies.

These small and often misunderstood fish are used extensively in Italian food and there comes a point when it is impossible to enjoy Italian food without running into these little guys. Anchovies are a small saltwater fish. They are only about three inches long but pack quite a flavor.

There are six different species of anchovies that are used in Italian food. From April to September is the Sicilian anchovy season and these species are lighter in flavor than the Spanish anchovies that make up a bulk of the anchovies used in Italian food.

Anchovies must quickly be preserved in order to keep the flavor that is wanted for Italian food intact. The most traditional way to preserve anchovies is packed in salt. This is the best way to guarantee an authentic Italian food flavor.

Soon after the fish are caught they are cleaned and washed in salt brine and then set out to dry. The fish are then layered in round tins with sea salt in between each layer. The tins are then left to season for up to two months.

A weight is placed on top of the tins in order to compress the fish and remove any extra fluids and fat from the fish. After the curing time is up they are sealed up and shipped off to be used in different Italian food dishes around the world.

Another way to preserve anchovies is to pack them in olive oil. This is similar to the above method of preserving, except that after the seasoning period is over the fish are again washed and the scales, skin, and bones are removed before placing the fish in jars or tins of olive oil.

There are other ways to preserve anchovies for use in Italian food, but none are as popular as these first two. Anchovy paste is readily available, however this paste does not have the anchovy flavor that is desired for Italian food and instead ends up tasting just plain salty.

When using anchovies in Italian food it is important to rinse them first. They are much too salty the way you buy them and you want to wash away some of the excess salt.

If you are shopping for anchovies to use in a specific Italian food dish, make sure to buy just enough for the meal you are planning. Anchovies do not last very long once opened and should be used right away to ensure the flavor.

If you have leftover anchovies then wash them and put them in a jar of olive oil. Seal the jar and place it in the refrigerator. This will only buy you five more days but if the fish are left in the tin after opening they will begin to get a metallic flavor that will ruin your Italian food.

Now you know a little more about this Italian food favorite. The next time you see anchovies listed as an ingredient at your favorite Italian food restaurant go on and give it a try; you might be surprised at how good it is.

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Duxtop Professional Stainless-steel 17-piece Induction Ready Cookware Set Impact-bonded Technology

  • Includes 8 and 10-inch fry pans; 1.6-quart, 2.5-quart sauce pans with lids; 4.2-quart casserole with lid; 8.6-quart stock pot with lid; 5.5-quart sauté pan with helper and lid; boiler basket and steamer basket; 3pcs kitchen tools including spoon, slotted turner 2-prong fork.
  • Constructed with 18/10 commercial grade stainless steel, heavy gauge impact-bonded aluminum encapsulated bottom, build to last for a life time.
  • Ergonomically shaped handle with anti-slippery satin finish, handle is riveted to pan provide durability.
  • Suitable for all cooking source, electric, gas, infrared, induction stove or glass and ceramic cooktop.
  • Dishwasher-safe; oven-safe to 550 degrees F; Freezer-safe for food storage; Lifetime limited warranty.

Includes 8 and 10-inch fry pans; 1.6-quart, 2.5-quart sauce pans with lids; 4.2-quart casserole with lid; 8.6-quart stock pot with lid; 5.5-quart sauté pan with helper and lid; boiler basket and steamer basket; 3pcs kitchen tools including spoon, slotted turner 2-prong fork.
Constructed with 18/10 commercial grade stainless steel, heavy gauge impact-bonded aluminum encapsulated bottom, build to last for a life time.
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User Reviews and Comments

  1. Deano Essex says

    DO NOT COOK SALMON IN THESE PANS!!!! Don’t matter what I try I cannot get
    the smell to go. I have washed my pan about half a dozen times and
    everything I cook in it I can smell and taste the fish…. These pans ARE
    SHIT!!!!

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  2. meringandan says

    you still cannot use metal utensils with these pans circulon is better they
    gaurantee you can use metal utensils and they wont lose their non stick
    properties

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  3. ALFONSO MARQUES says

    un timo CUIDADO todo mentira . compre tres al cabo de un año sus
    fantasticas propiedades desaparecieron ,losde control de calidad se lavan
    las manos UNA VERGUENZA los 15 años de garantia turutu

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  4. Kyle Monk says

    These ads reak of being staged. The thing is, my dad owns one of these, and
    I have been able to cook anything, eggs, bacon and chicken without really
    needing to wash up afterwards, no oil and no stick.

    I have heard from reputable sources that they are not as good as cast iron,
    but so far they have genuinely made cooking an absolute breeze. Genuinely
    want to know why they are so much better, and if so why doesn’t everyone
    buy them?

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  5. John Taka says

    i used to have a cast iron pan and it was really heavy .i am thinking of
    getting one of those stoneware pan instead.
    Oh and please make a rice cooker with this plz

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  6. Shagz80 says

    A new pan will cook good like that a few times but then they turn to shit!
    I’ve gone back to using my old tefal pans because they are better than
    Stonedine and still nonstick! Stonedine is a load of crap! And this
    conditioning bullshit! How come that’s never mentioned in the ads! And
    there’s no instructions when buying them!

    SCAM
    

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  7. nickacelvn says

    yep whatever Sean Wilson … paid by stonedine were you ? of course you
    were ! i would urge you to clean the pan then re do your demo because i
    have the same 28inch pan and food sticks to mine like shit to a blanket you
    fraudulent bugger ! give me your email address and ill send you a video of
    your fantastic stonedine

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  8. Jason Stanhouse (Jason@stanhouse . com) "J+H ... says
    47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Better then i thought possible, March 21, 2014
    This review is from: Duxtop Professional Stainless-steel 17-piece Induction Ready Cookware Set Impact-bonded Technology
    Let me start by saying I have worked in more then one professional kitchen and these pans are without a doubt better then anything used in those kitchens. Seriously I am shocked not only at how good they look but at the pure quality of the workmanship. I can tell with these pans I wont ever need to replace them.

    Why buy them:
    They are attractive. (They look beautiful in any light)
    They are functional. (Very even cooking)
    They have measures on the side. ( they have marks inside of them listing how much water or sauce you have added)
    The skillets have more depth then most other cookware sets. (it makes harder to spill…)
    The handles are curved in a way that makes them feel more comfortable in your hands.
    The pans are evenly balanced.
    There is a lid for everything and the lids are attractive also.

    Why not buy them:
    None so far will update if I come across anything.

    Stainless steel tips:

    1)Don’t use High temperatures unless boiling water, stainless steel heats very evenly and cooks well at medium – medium high
    2)Do not boil dry!!! (this means boil till you run out of water)
    3)Try and use plastic / rubber spatulas etc. when cooking as you can scratch your stainless steel with other hard metals and while this will not effect the usefulness it will make it slightly less attractive.
    4)Allow your food to warm before cooking. IE take them out of the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes as overly chilled food tends to stick when introduced to heat.
    5)Don’t use cooking sprays. Sprays contain a chemical propellant that is difficult to remove. Instead dab a bit of oil on a paper towel and carefully wipe the interior of the pan.
    6)Add your oil to the pan after it has had a chance to heat up and before you add food. It takes less oil with a stainless steel set then most and make sure to coat evenly.

    Just so you know:
    I received this set free in return for an honest review. (I know this can look bad but I will call out a bad product even if given to me thankfully in this case I didn’t have to!)

    Overall the best cooking set I have worked with I highly recommend it. And hope you enjoy your new set.

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  9. Steve says
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    High Quality Product; Perfect for Induction, June 5, 2014
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    Steve (Atlanta, GA) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Duxtop Professional Stainless-steel 17-piece Induction Ready Cookware Set Impact-bonded Technology
    Wow, picking cookware for induction is a challenge. It seems a majority of the reviews are a bit vague and so few specifically say a product works well. Guess that’s the challenge of moving to a newer technology…..for the US. Have to say I was a bit hestitant when I received the product and prepared to return them if need be. This cookware comes very well packed, is high quality, good weight and the dripless lip is really nice. The glass tops are good quality and well made. Some reviews mention a sound the pans make on induction. I have not experienced any sound; I’m using the new model Samsung Induction. Overall, this cookware set is a really high value for the price. There is nothing flimsy or cheap about this cookware. The heat distribution is excellent and the weight is perfect for induction. The heavier base assures that the metal has even contact with the cook top surface. It is fun to fill the small pot with cold water and watch it boil in less than a minute!! Very pleased with purchase

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  10. Pat D. "luv reading" says
    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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    Professional quality!, March 9, 2014
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    Pat D. “luv reading” (DuBois, Pa. USA) –

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    This review is from: Duxtop Professional Stainless-steel 17-piece Induction Ready Cookware Set Impact-bonded Technology
    I have purchased increasingly better cookware as time moves on and this is the cream of the crop for me! Having cooked on a gas stove most of my life learning to cook on a glass top electric has been challenging, for both me and my cookware. Sets that weren’t made as well left cold areas while other sections burned and created frustration with the process. This set is solid, balanced, and sits perfectly on my stovetop with even, steady heat distribution . Delivery was on time and the product was well packed. Nothing was warped, bent, cracked, etc. I would recommend this set to anyone and the price cannot be beat!

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