Chef – New England Brings Superior Groundfish
Atlantic Cod is the cornerstone of New England fish. While locals may have their favorites, Cod has brought the most national attention. When asking about the flavor and texture of many other species, the diner will often query Cod in similarity. “Is it like Cod?” It holds three of the most common descriptions… light, white, and flaky. The stark white of Atlantic Cod contains one of the lightest textures and cleanest flavors of any Northern species. While we understand the marketability and preparation of Atlantic Cod it is important to understand the varying harvest methods and market distribution.
Cod as a commodity is the result of the behemoth vessels of the Trawl Fleets They harvest enormous weight loads in their nets.This is the typical FAS products available in the grocers’ freezers. SeafoodS.com focuses on a much more impressive fare. From small catch Trip Boats of the Display Auction to the hand geared Boston Pier catch, we look for the spectacular in both arenas. Trip Boats offload a weightier, yet carefully addressed haul. This allows our customers the affordability of trawled Cod with the handling care of display quality fish. Meanwhile, our Hook & Line, or “Fancy” Day Boat options give Chefs absolute perfection in Atlantic Cod. From Scrod fillet for the broiler and Captain’s Loin for center of the plate masterpieces, we supply what your menu demands.
Atlantic Cod is priced and sold by size. It is Graded by fillet yield.
Large – Over 2 lbs.
Market – 16-32 oz.
Scrod – 8-16 oz.
Small – Up to 8 oz.
Haddock will attract anyone that has spent more than a week in New England to your menu. It’s the paterfamilias of New England “Whitefish”. It has a slightly firmer texture than Cod with a hint of “ocean flavor” that is void in many similar species. This is a New Englander’s fish. Haddock is requested by those from New England who now inhabit other parts of the country. You’ve heard them. They are correct. Haddock is brilliant. From broiled to smoked, Haddock fills in where others are limited. It is succulent and flaky with enough “backbone” to hold up to bolder spice and richer sauces. Haddock is a productive, well, reproductive groundfish that has responded well to management. Gulf of Maine Haddock are thriving and have reached well above their target population. This is great news and a welcome change to those Chefs who were sourcing for menus in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. SeafoodS.com offers the premium in Haddock. Like the Cod, we source from the best available in the marketplace. They too are a large part of our Trip Boat and Day Boat availability. Day Boat Haddock are often harvested with Ruhle Trawl, aka Haddock Rope Trawl. This is a small net with special net configurations to prevent by-catch. Co-invented by Rhode Island fisherman Phil Ruhle, this trawl allowed a more effective targeting method that not only helped with Haddock population assessments, but also aided in the recovery of the Cod populations. Ruhle is another great connection to Haddock as a menu-able species. The “Dock to Door” movement is vivid with Haddock. If you are looking for a species that connects your guests to the sea, look to Haddock.
Hake have a close resemblance to Cod and Haddock with a larger flake and a “fluffier” texture. Hake or Atlantic Merluza offer a rich moisture because of high levels of “fat” to regulate body temperature. This translates to incredible moisture levels in the prepared flesh. Hake inhabit extremely deep waters and rise to mid depth at night to feed. Hake are harvested during this time by “Jig” fishing methods. This is a true one-at-a-time method that produces pristine market fish. The Day Boat Operators carefully stow and ice the catch then motor to dock. This ensures the freshest Hake available. They are, indeed, a highly sought species by New England Chefs, and continually gain recognition throughout the culinary nation. Their culinary application are vast, and their market terminology is as well. While over a dozen species of Hake and Whitting inhabit cold and temperate waters, SeafoodS.com focuses on Gulf of Maine and George’s Bank Merluccius bilinearis. This allows consistency of product while supplying the highest quality of Hake. “Truth in Menu” shines with Hake from SeafoodS.com.
Contact SeafoodS.com for Your August Groundfish Features
Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa – 704-413-3267