Only a perfect raw material can yield Balena anchovy paste …
Anchovies live in nearly all the saltwater seas, but the finest and most noble, the queen of all anchovies is definitely Engraulis encrasicolus. It lives in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Cantabrian Sea off the northern coast of Spain. Those waters, along with the unique climate and the plankton allow the anchovies to acquire a very special and fine flavour, exactly the features that characterize Balena anchovy paste.
Salting anchovies is the long conservation process that begins when the cleaned fish is put into direct contact with salt to give the anchovies the right concentration of saltiness.
This very old and completely artisan method involves placing alternating layers of fish and salt in a tin tub or drum and putting weights on top. The constant and uniform pressure allows the salt to penetrate the fibres of the meat, thereby eliminating water and fat.