Thursday, 3 March 2016

Anchovy Powder

Aside from enriching the taste of food, anchovy powder is a good source of calcium and protein. Nonetheless, like any new mummy, I am pretty concerned about the salt content. Therefore, I rinsed and soaked the anchovies a few times to reduce the salt content. I don't use it everyday but rather only once in a while, adding only a tiny pinch everytime. If you are still not convinced, then perhaps, add it to your little ones' food when they are older. I started adding anchovy powder to Baby V's porridge since she is approaching 11 months old. Anyway, making our own anchovy powder do allow us to have control over the level of saltiness. When buying anchovies, remember to choose those that are lighter in colour to ensure freshness.


Dried Anchovies (The amount of anchovies depends on how much you want to make but you can start with say, 300g or 500g)


1. Ensure the anchovies are free of heads and entrails. Rinse in running water several times to remove dirt. Soak anchovies for 10 minutes in a pot. Change water and soak for another 10 minutes.

2. Drain in a colander and leave it for 10 minutes to drip off excess water.

3. Heat a wok without adding oil. Add anchovies and fry over low to medium fire. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Continue frying for 20 minutes or until you get nice golden brown anchovies.

4. Leave the anchovies to cool for 15 minutes and you can start grinding your anchovies.

5. Store anchovy powder in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge.

Happy trying! :D

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