Made with just three simple ingredients, El Capricho’s Spanish sardines are immersed in extra virgin olive oil with just a touch of sea salt for taste. El Capricho puts quality first, and their canned anchovies are a prime example. Fished directly from the Bay of Biscay in Cantabria, Spain, these delicious little fish are salted the same day they come out of the ocean. Quickly seasoning them helps capture and preserve the fresh briny taste of the ocean before they are packed away for the next 12-18 months. A year later, these fish are finally ready to be processed. Each tiny fish is carefully filleted, trimmed, and skinned by hand before being placed in tins.
El Capricho’s Cantabrian anchovies are some of the finest in the world. Most canned anchovies are heat processed to ensure they have a shelf life that will span decades. Unfortunately, this overcooks small and delicate fish like anchovies and makes them rubbery and unpleasant to eat. To retain their structural integrity and preserve there tender and delicious texture El Capricho’s anchovies are never heat treated. Though they are not shelf-stable, refrigeration is enough to keep them tasting fresh and delicious for up to 18 months!
Only mature sardines are used to create El Capricho’s so that each fillet is uniform in size. This attention to detail ensures that your recipes come out correctly and makes plating a breeze. From ocean-fresh fish to award-winning extra virgin olive oil, each ingredient in this symphony of flavor plays an important role in the creation of El Capricho’s truly spectacular sardines.