Ortiz Sardines a la Antigua in Olive oilOrtiz
Producer: Conservas Ortiz
Product: Canned sardines in olive oil
Region: Cantabrian Coast, Northern Spain
Ortiz has a 100-year history in Northern Spain. The company is currently run by the 5th generation of the Ortiz family. The company began by sourcing fresh fish from local fishermen around the north coast region and preserving them with pickle and wooden barrels to sell the fish further inland. As the company flourished mobile factories were set up all along the coast so the fish are fresh off the boat. Today Ortiz has replaced the mobile factories with permanent facilities. With the same commitment to sourcing the best fish possible and maintaining the high standard of preserving quality, Ortiz is one of the most recognisable brands for canned fish in the world.
The term ‘a la Antigua’ on the can indicates the silver skin of the fish remains. Ortiz source their sardines from the fresh fish auctions held along the north coast of Spain. The fish themselves come from the fertile waters of the Bay of Biscay. The fish are processed on the same day to ensure freshness. The fillets are lightly fried and then canned with olive oil. Sardines preserved like this will mature and mellow in flavour with age.
Ortiz sardines are plump and flaky. The glisten of the silver skin as well as the light flavour and delicate texture are characteristics that set Ortiz apart from competitors.
sardines, olive oil, salt