The Story of Sprat 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 the fantastic taste, but to its low cost and affordability, and many even in our time of gastronomic excesses buy a jar from time to time - another of these canned goods to be given to the memories of their Soviet youth.
We will share with you the story of the appearance and use of "Sprat in tomato".
Sprat is first mentioned in the book of the diplomat Gann Ayrman, which appeared in the 70s of the XVII century. Gann cites a fragment of a Livonian song in it, which says that "if the sprat in the sea is translated, then the death of the Swedes is threatened." It was this people who fully owned the Baltic Sea until 1710 and was the first to use this type of fish en masse. Naturally, at that time sprat was used exclusively in the fried and dried form.
The appearance of the first canned sprats was promoted by the era of the Great Geographical Discoveries, when the need for long-stored products was as high as ever. Europe at that time mainly produced canned meat and vegetables, while production in Russia specialized in fish. Of course, the sprat at that time was not held in high esteem, and cans were rolled up in cans of sterlet, burbot, nelma and sturgeon sturgeon. We think that no one would now have refused canned stewed-wood sturgeon.
The mass production of canned food “Sprat in Tomato” began in the mid-50s of the 20th century. Nikita Sergeevich personally tasted the novelty of the Kerch Fish Factory and assured the people that “you can’t think of a better national product”, and canned food itself did not disappear from the shelves, even during times of severe shortages. And the price of was more than low.
"Sprat in tomato" has always been in the fridge of every Soviet person, because there are reasons to open a jar - there was no need to look for another for a long time. For many, the “Sprat in Tomato” jar was the only snack when drinking various drinks “for three”, and for the ever-hungry students, these canned foods made it possible to compensate for the loss of phosphorus in the body, since other fish were not available.
An experienced housewife could make a variety of dishes from these simple canned goods: salads, soups, burgers and even casseroles. Indeed, a universal food that can satisfy the tastes of even the most fastidious gourmets.
The recipe “Sprat in tomato” is extremely simple: fish, water, tomato paste, salt, sugar, sunflower oil, acetic acid, spices. Nothing extra. But, nevertheless, canned food of different manufacturers differ in taste and appearance. It's all about the sauce, because there are about 30 recipes, so that the taste of "those very canned goods" may differ significantly.
Canned food “Sprat in Tomato” became a real symbol of the USSR, because even Margaret Thatcher, after her visit to the USSR, indulged not only 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 1990s, it was “Sprat in Tomato” that was the only delicacy. And nowadays, many people take these canned foods out of habit, knowing exactly what is waiting for them inside the can.
Do you like Sprat in Tomato? Do you have any memories associated with these canned goods?