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    stevendchapman
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    Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?

    Thanks

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    jay
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    On 14 Jan 2007 08:58:30 -0800, stevendchapman@.......... wrote:

    > Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    > nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    > packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?
    >
    > Thanks


    Our Costco gets them frozen. They are frozen in separate pieces.

    jay

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    Steve Wertz
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    On 14 Jan 2007 08:58:30 -0800, stevendchapman@.......... wrote:

    > Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    > nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    > packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?


    They sometimes have the bags there on ice. If bnot, the
    packaging should be close by and they have to show it to you (by
    law) if you ask. That will say if they've been treated with
    phosphates.

    -sw

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    Wayne
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    >
    > stevendchapman@.......... wrote:
    >> Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    >> nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    >> packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?
    >>
    >> Thanks

    >
    > To me, they behave like they are dry packed, i.e. they cook up just
    > like the ones at Whole Foods or Burhop's (good Chicago area seafood
    > chain). Also, in my experience any seafood that's been injected with a
    > solution is so labeled at Costco, and these are not. They've been
    > frozen but they are in remarkably good shape when they thaw. The ones
    > you get at Burhops are a bit better but I think you'll like the ones at
    > Costco.
    >


    Thanks for that info. I saw them the last time I was at Costco and thought
    they were too big to be true and were just bloated with water. I think I'll
    buy some now.

    Wayne

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    limey
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    > "Naomi" <darvell349@........> wrote in message
    > news:1168794890.536045.19250@s34g2000cwa.......... ...........
    >> x-no-archive: yes
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    >>
    >> stevendchapman@.......... wrote:
    >>> Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    >>> nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    >>> packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks

    >>
    >> To me, they behave like they are dry packed, i.e. they cook up just
    >> like the ones at Whole Foods or Burhop's (good Chicago area seafood
    >> chain). Also, in my experience any seafood that's been injected with a
    >> solution is so labeled at Costco, and these are not. They've been
    >> frozen but they are in remarkably good shape when they thaw. The ones
    >> you get at Burhops are a bit better but I think you'll like the ones at
    >> Costco.
    >>

    >
    >
    > Thanks for that info. I saw them the last time I was at Costco and thought
    > they were too big to be true and were just bloated with water. I think
    > I'll buy some now.
    >
    > Wayne


    I buy them at Costco in Baltimore, frozen in bags. They are North Atlantic
    scallops I thaw them, then make sure I have blotted as much liquid as
    possible from them before sautéeing otherwise they steam in the pan. They
    do contain quite a lot of water, but following the procedure above they are
    very good.

    Dora

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    Virginia Tadrzynski
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    <stevendchapman@..........> wrote in message
    news:1168793910.092709.154690@l53g2000cwa......... o...........
    > Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    > nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    > packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?
    >
    > Thanks
    >


    From my tenure as Queen of the Fish (seafood manager) in a grocery store, if
    they have water added (water packed) they must be labelled as such per
    regulations from the Ag, Dept./FDA.
    -ginny

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    Steve Wertz
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    > I've never been fortunate enough to have them raw. How is the taste
    > different? Are they sweeter?


    Try eating a piece next time you get some from the store (bay or
    sea scallops). They're safe, but if they're treated will have an
    slight astringency to them. You'll get the idea, though.

    Ideally, dry sea scallops are best, IMO. Some people in Maine
    will claim bay are better - but I've never had them that fresh.

    -sw

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    stevendchapman
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    On Jan 14, 10:58 am, stevendchap...@.......... wrote:
    > Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    > nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    > packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?
    >
    > Thanks


    Well I got an answer, they are indeed Dry Packed. And now that I know
    to look for off white as opposed to white, I could definitely tell by
    looking at them. Also the meat guy there confirmed it.

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    stevendchapman
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    On Jan 14, 10:58 am, stevendchap...@.......... wrote:
    > Costco has some gorgeous big scallops I've been eyeing for awhile for a
    > nice dinner sometime. I asked the guy there if they were wet or dry
    > packed and he didn't know what I was talking about. Does anyone know?
    >
    > Thanks


    I answered my question. They are indeed dry packed. I confirmed this
    yesterday.

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    Edwin Pawlowski
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    > Nancy Young <rjynly@............> wrote:
    >
    >>Heh, I saw them unpacking them this morning, wondered if you'd
    >>ever gotten your answer. They were coming dry out of a plastic bag,
    >>but I didn't know if that meant they were dry or wet packed.

    >
    > Does wet packed mean you are paying for a lot of absorbed water?
    > If I buy fresh scallops from a reputable fishmonger, have
    > they been wetpacked, drypacked, or neither?
    >
    > Steve


    When a scallop (or any meat) is processed it will lose some water. By
    soaking them in a solution of sodium
    tripolyphosphate (STP) and water, they will absorb it back in. I don't know
    if they will take more than they had originally, but they can gain 15% over
    dry pack. The FDA has a limit on what is allowed.

    I've used STP in my sausages and it makes them more moist.

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