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Wet/dry scallops.

warwomanwarwoman Posts: 227
Hate to sound like a rank novice, especially concerning seafood, but would one of our folks here tell me what the difference is? I know, one's wet and one's dry.
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    @travisstrick is the expert.  He taught me that dry scallops are the way to go.  I think wet scallops have been bleached.  Dry scallops grill much better.  I suppose wet scallops are OK in soups or gumbos.
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  • @Village Idiot  -- That is exactly what I've been taught, too.  From what I remember, both are shucked on the boat but wet scallops are put into a container with water (to preserve longer), whereas dry scallops are put in a dry container (no preservatives).   
    So... dry scallops are fresher and taste better.   :)
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  • billybonbillybon Posts: 197

    Wet scallops are shucked on the boat directly into a container filled with cold water, which preserves the scallops for longer. The downside is that the scallops absorb water and plump up, giving them a less pure flavor and a tougher texture. These scallops also tend to be older by the time they get to the seller.

    Often a preservative or chemical salt is added to the water to prevent the scallops from spoiling. If this is a concern for you, always ask the fishmonger how the scallops were packed before buying wet scallops.

    Dry scallops are also shucked on the boat, but they go into a dry container with no water or preservatives. Their flavor is more pure and concentrated. They have a shorter shelf-life, but this means that they're fresher when you buy them.

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,851
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,851
    They are both wet. As in they come in water. The dry refers to the lack of sodium tri phosphate.

    Avoid the wet at all costs.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • GogogordyGogogordy Posts: 460
    Now Im confused but frankly never heard of either before this thread and am planning to try some. Will the fishmonger or counterperson know whaen I ask for "dry scallops?" or is this something a grocery store person is unaware of?
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  • warwomanwarwoman Posts: 227
    Wow!! Thanks for all the info! You'se guys are amazing! Hope to meet some of y'all at the 'Fest!
    From the NE Georgia Mountains! Me, SWMBO, and two spoiled ass Springers!
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Gogogordy said:
    Now Im confused but frankly never heard of either before this thread and am planning to try some. Will the fishmonger or counterperson know whaen I ask for "dry scallops?" or is this something a grocery store person is unaware of?
    He should know.  If he doesn't, don't buy from him.
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    Just west of Austintatious

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,851
    Gogogordy said:

    Now Im confused but frankly never heard of either before this thread and am planning to try some. Will the fishmonger or counterperson know whaen I ask for "dry scallops?" or is this something a grocery store person is unaware of?

    If they don't know when you ask, they have wet. Anyone who sells dry will be proud of them and know exactly what they have.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Now Im confused but frankly never heard of either before this thread and am planning to try some. Will the fishmonger or counterperson know whaen I ask for "dry scallops?" or is this something a grocery store person is unaware of?
    If they don't know when you ask, they have wet. Anyone who sells dry will be proud of them and know exactly what they have.

    true-and dry scallops are much more expensive. if they don't know why one is $9.99 per lb and one is $29.99 per lb.....run.

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