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Old 01-20-2011, 01:52 AM   #11
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Over here I buy diver caught scallops in their shell and alive, after I prep them they are very "dry" and firm compared to frozen, if I sear them they caramelise very quickly as they do not leak fluid and steam. The texture and taste is far better than the frozen scallop.
They are also delicious raw.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:06 AM   #12
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Over here I buy diver caught scallops in their shell and alive, after I prep them they are very "dry" and firm compared to frozen, if I sear them they caramelise very quickly as they do not leak fluid and steam. The texture and taste is far better than the frozen scallop.
They are also delicious raw.
Very good point, Bolas. Fresh should be in the shell, that is the only way to know that it IS fresh.

I think for most everything, fresh is best.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:12 AM   #13
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Or, if it still wears a pink marmalade skirt of tasty innards, you can assume they're fresh. Better tasting, less briny, almost jello-smooth in texture. But, frozen scallops is equally delicious, so I'm not picky enough to insist and specially shop for fresh.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:30 AM   #14
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I'd sooner buy a bridge from a stranger, than "fresh" seafood of any kind around these parts. I like mine frozen please and just once! I really only trust the seafood at two stores here in Missoula.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:41 AM   #15
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I'd sooner buy a bridge from a stranger,...

It just so happens that I have a bridge I'm willing to let go for a very reasonable price. Trust me, it's a great deal and I'll give you a Bill of Sale and all the paperwork you need. Put up a tool booth and you'll make the purchase price back in no time. Yeah, that's the ticket! Just sign here...
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:07 PM   #16
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It just so happens that I have a bridge I'm willing to let go for a very reasonable price. Trust me, it's a great deal and I'll give you a Bill of Sale and all the paperwork you need. Put up a tool booth and you'll make the purchase price back in no time. Yeah, that's the ticket! Just sign here...
Oohh and they don't come much stranger... Thanks, Andy, got a pen?
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...got a pen?

I don't get out of the pen for anther 3 to 5 years depending on good behavior.
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Ogre, troll, no one can tell the difference. You could have Shrek live under the bridge and do all the dirty work.
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This is an interesting discussion. Dh and I can immediately tell the difference if scallops have been frozen. In fact, dh sent some back at the restaurant where we ate last weekend because they were quite horrible and obviously frozen and not prepared well. The texture is completely different when frozen and thawed and it just tastes... off. They don't sear properly, and if seared properly, then they dry out and get rubbery because they "leak" so much during thawing.

We do get fresh sea scallops here in the midwest, though. They are not as fresh as you get on the coast, but still, IMO, better than anything frozen. I can get them from one fish monger near me. Most places have fresh bay scallops, but the grocery stores here usually have frozen sea scallops.
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