The story of "Sprats in Tomato"
"Sprat in tomato" is one of the symbols of the Soviet era.
Of course, the popularity of this product is not due to its fantastic taste, but to its low cost and affordability, and many even in our time of gastronomic excesses from time to time buy a jar - another of these canned goods, to give in to the memories of their Soviet youth.
We will share with you the history of the appearance and ways of using “Sprats in Tomato”.
The sprat is first mentioned in the book of diplomat Gunn Ayrman, which appeared in the 70s of the XVII century. Gann cites in it a fragment of a Livonian song, which says that "if the sprat is transferred to the sea, then the Swedes will die." It was this people, who completely owned the Baltic Sea until 1710, the first to consume this type of fish in large quantities. Naturally, at that time sprat was used exclusively in fried and dried form.
The appearance of the first canned sprats was facilitated by the era of great geographical discoveries, when the need for long-stored products was more than ever greater. Europe at that time produced mainly canned meat and vegetables, while production in Russia specialized specifically in fish. Of course, the sprat at that time was not held in high esteem, and canned goods from sterlet, burbot, nelm and stellate sturgeon were rolled into banks. We think that no one would have now given up canned stew.
Mass production of canned food “Sprat in Tomato” began in the mid 50s of the XX century. Nikita Sergeyevich personally tasted the novelty of the Kerch Fish Factory and assured the people that “you can’t imagine a better folk product,” and the canned goods themselves did not disappear from the shelves, even in times of severe shortage. And the price of was more than low.
"Sprat in tomato" was always in the refrigerator of every Soviet person, because there was no need to look for another reason to open a jar. For many, a jar of “Sprats in Tomato” was the only snack when drinking various drinks “for three,” and these canned food, which was always hungry for students, made up for the loss of phosphorus in the body, since other fish was not available.
An experienced hostess could make many simple dishes from these canned foods: salads, soups, meatballs and even casserole. Indeed, a universal food that can satisfy the tastes of even the most fastidious gourmets.
The recipe “Sprats in Tomato” is extremely simple: fish, water, tomato paste, salt, sugar, sunflower oil, acetic acid, spices. Nothing extra. But, nevertheless, canned food from different manufacturers differ in taste and appearance. It’s all about the sauce, because there are about 30 recipes, so the taste of “the same canned food” can vary significantly.
Canned sprats in tomato became a real symbol of the USSR, because even Margaret Thatcher, after her visit to the USSR, not only spoiled her beloved cat with these canned goods, but also treated them during her visit.
In modern Russia, their popularity remains at the same high level, because for many in the early 90s it was “Sprat in Tomato” that was the only delicacy. And today, many take these canned goods out of habit, knowing exactly what awaits them inside the can.
Do you like Sprat in Tomato? Do you have any memories related to these canned goods?