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Yuck! Throw Away Your Anchovy Paste!

I wasmaking an impromptu Chicken Marsala tonight and needed a tiny bit more anchovy than I had in the frig. I had an unopened tube of anchovy paste and thought I might use that, so I squeezed out some and tasted it. Yuckola! It has sugar, butter, oils, amongst other ingredients. I tossed it and swore I'd warn others about it. I usually keep a small plastic container w/ anchovy filets in my frig or frzr- for deepening sauces or dressings, making anchovy butter (I just love it on rustic bread) etc. and now that I know how disgusting the paste is, I'll never buy another tube of it!

asked by LE BEC FIN over 2 years ago

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added over 2 years ago

Anchovies mashed with a bit of olive oil and pepper add another layer...toss the anchovy paste!!!

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Susan W
Susan W

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added over 2 years ago

I have two tubes of anchovy paste. Amore and Cento. Ingredients: anchovies, salt, olive oil. Like anything, reading labels is key. Another brand had other junk in it.

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ChefJune
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added over 2 years ago

Just went and looked at mine, and it's the same as Susan's...

amysarah
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added over 2 years ago

Mine too - nothing but anchovies, oo and salt. Any packaged product can be loaded with junk - labels are your friend!

ktr
ktr
added over 2 years ago

Anchovy butter! How do you make that?

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ChefJune
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added over 2 years ago

Buzz up a couple of anchovy fillets with butter in your food processor. Mmmm mmmm mmmm.

ktr
ktr
added over 2 years ago

My husband will think I'm crazy but that sounds awesome!

LE BEC FIN
added over 2 years ago

here's my recipe, k!:
https://food52.com/recipes...

ktr
ktr
added over 2 years ago

Thanks!

cv
cv
added over 2 years ago

Like any other prepackaged manufactured food item, there are good ones and bad ones. As Susan W. and ChefJune have both noted, there are versions with a short list of key ingredients and there are others filled with a bunch of junk.

When buying any prepackaged item (and this goes far beyond just food products), compare labels and think to yourself why Manufacturer A is adding something to their product when Manufacturer B does not.

Good luck.

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LE BEC FIN
added over 2 years ago

ktr, my pleasure!

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LE BEC FIN
added over 2 years ago

I should have mentioned that I am a dedicated label-reader but these tubes must have been bought in my neanderthal years!

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