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August is here and we look to the Shellfish of New England. This week we delve into the gauntlet of Sea Scallops. “Gauntlet” refers to the vast availability of Sea Scallops in today’s markets. They have different size and specifications, processing treatments, harvest methods, and distribution avenues. When you encounter your ideal Sea Scallop within this piece, please contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.
Chapter 4: Sea Scallops
Atlantic Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)
Atlantic Sea Scallops are some of the United States’ most prevalent Scallops on restaurant menus. Their popularity is widely recognized by chefs and diners alike. Sea Scallops market themselves, portion perfectly, elevate straight-forward ingredients, enlighten gourmet “sets”, and seduce the masses. It is a simple matter of finding the correct Sea Scallop for your particular application. Below are varied levels of Sea Scallop production that show the value in each.
Fresh Sea Scallops are graded by size and marketed by the amount of preservative added.
- Dry Chemical Free – Unprocessed with 0% Preservative or Water Weight
- Dry Overnight – “Dip” processing that accrues the minimal amount of additive that meets FDA “Dry” requirements – less than 18% Weight by Volume of Preservative and Water
- Wet – “Soak” processing that accrues more than 18% Weight by Volume of Preservative and Water
Day Boat Dry
Massachusetts and Maine’s Day Boat Fresh Sea Scallops are diamonds! Day Boats utilizing small net dredging offer the “Top-of-Catch” in Sea Scallops. Their daily runs provide Sea Scallops that will never see the large processing facilities. They are offloaded, shucked, and packed for shipping right from the pier. When searching for the freshest Sashimi/Crudo grade Sea Scallops, look for Day Boat Dry. Upon cooking, Day Boat Drys have no equal. No water loss equals no shrinkage. Their sugar concentration enables a deep golden sear while its brine still lingers. The sweet and salty balance of Sea Scallops are remarkable. Day Boat Dry Sea Scallops represent the premier fine dining shellfish.
SeafoodS.com’s Priority Overnight delivery offers Sea Scallop meats that are hours from their shell. This the premium!
New Bedford Auction
The New Bedford Scallop Auction offers a complete array of Sea Scallops. The Lightship Fleets of New Bedford provide short trip hauls that are sorted and processed. The auction pricing reflects the Scallops’ size and the amount of “processing” received. The largest scallops with the least amount of processing gain the highest market prices.
The Dry Chemical Free Sea Scallops are either blast frozen aboard longer trip boats or shucked fresh at port. New Bedford Chemical Free Dry are the highest quality in the Auction. They are the perfect Auction Scallop for a colorful sear.
The Overnight Sea Scallops are still considered “Dry” and are the most abundant fresh Sea Scallop in restaurant distribution. They release minimal amounts of water when cooking, but require a harder sear to obtain deep color. Overnights offer a slight reduction in price per pound, but need heightened talents and techniques to bring them to their highest value on the plate.
Wet Scallops are the lowest quality and price. The price is obtained through soaking smaller Scallops in a solution of water and preservative until they amass considerable size and weight (turning a 20/30 into a 10/20). The shelf life is incredible, but you are buying a small Scallop and water. Choose a smaller Overnight or Dry to obtain the same portion cook weight, but with a much more eloquent product.
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