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skate wing

msmouser May 19, 2011 07:26 AM

Where can I buy FRESH skate wing in the greater Lexington area??? Someone sold me frozen and it was awful!!!!!


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  1. PinchOfSalt RE: msmouser May 19, 2011 07:36 AM

    Call the Fresh Pond Whole Foods. Their seafood is pricy but I have never had problems with its quality. They sometimes have skate wing. They may even be able to get some for you if you order in advance.

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt
      FoodDabbler RE: PinchOfSalt May 19, 2011 07:55 AM

      They certainly had it last week. Other suggestions in this recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784933

    2. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles RE: msmouser May 26, 2011 06:54 AM

      Concord Prime and Fish often has skate wing. Try there.... call first though.

      Concord Prime and Fish
      97 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA

      1. greygarious RE: msmouser Nov 17, 2011 03:28 PM

        I bought skate at H-Mart in Burlington today, $3.99/lb. I have not cooked it yet. I don't think it said previously frozen. They have a huge selection at their fish counter; I have bought several kinds and never been disappointed. Bright-eyed whole fish, which bodes well for the fillets and steaks. They don't stint on the ice beds, either, and double-bag the fish so you can help yourself to ice from the bin to put inside the outer bag.

        3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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          opinionatedchef RE: greygarious Nov 18, 2011 12:16 AM

          great price for one of my fav fish- so silky! just fyi, Courthouse sells it and will slice it into its 2 pieces 'off the bone' so to speak(though it's really cartilage.) It seems it has a very short shelflife and if it smells like ammonia, you don't want it.

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            devilham RE: opinionatedchef Nov 18, 2011 05:43 AM

            Seriously, cook it the day you buy it, and careful not to over cook, it becomes stringy and awful

            1. re: opinionatedchef
              emannths RE: opinionatedchef Nov 18, 2011 05:54 AM

              "if it smells like ammonia, you don't want it"

              This is really one of those cardinal rules of food, don't you think? ;-)

              1. re: emannths
                9lives RE: emannths Nov 18, 2011 06:12 AM

                Skate, like shark secretes urine through it's skin; so if it's not treated properly when caught it can easily have that ammonia smell.

                1. re: 9lives
                  Spike RE: 9lives Nov 19, 2011 12:48 PM

                  You can supposedly work around this by soaking it in milk before cooking it, but still...yuck...skin pee....
                  Haven't been able to catch a big one yet to compare tastes though...

                  1. re: Spike
                    9lives RE: Spike Nov 20, 2011 05:36 AM

                    I've heard about that milk soak but never tried it.

                    I find fresh caught skate a little hard to deal with because you need to remove the skin. If I did it more often, I'd get good at it,but I usually just throw them back.

                    I enjoy it and occasionally order it out, Ms 9 doesn't really care for it so we don't cook it very often...especially since she cooks the fish at home.. unless we grill it.

                    1. re: 9lives
                      StriperGuy RE: 9lives Nov 20, 2011 08:42 AM

                      How the heck DO you get the skin off?

                      Heck, just answered my own question:


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                        9lives RE: StriperGuy Nov 20, 2011 01:52 PM

                        That website you linked to is what I do..start at the "skinning section." They make it sound fairly easy and maybe it is with some practice. The white (bottom) skin is even tougher to get off cleanly, without leaving 1/2 the flesh on it.

                        I hope Typhoon Fish sees this and maybe has some tricks for handling skate.

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                          Spike RE: StriperGuy Nov 21, 2011 07:50 PM

                          yep..pliers in theory. I've never done it...I'm not doing it on the tiny skate I've encountered. Almost as much a waste of time as the tiny sea robiins...

                          1. re: Spike
                            StriperGuy RE: Spike Nov 22, 2011 04:54 AM

                            I caught a HUGE sea robin once.

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                              Spike RE: StriperGuy Nov 22, 2011 03:59 PM

                              they actually taste pretty good if they're big enough to have meat (they're mostly bone)...

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                                9lives RE: Spike Nov 22, 2011 05:51 PM

                                You're hardcore..:)

                  2. re: emannths
                    opinionatedchef RE: emannths Nov 18, 2011 01:03 PM

                    what 9 said, specific to skate and shark, at least.

                    p.s. IF what i've read is accurate.

                2. re: greygarious
                  opinionatedchef RE: greygarious Nov 19, 2011 02:30 PM

                  greygirl, do you think i could communicate w/ them to remove the flesh from the cartilage, or is english still not spoken in that dept.? thanks.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef
                    greygarious RE: opinionatedchef Nov 19, 2011 07:33 PM

                    My interaction was via mime. No, I did not want him to cut it into pieces and yes, I did want it rinsed off. They do have that overhead signboard with a number that indicates you want your purchase filleted. If that doesn't work I would go to the service desk up front and have them communicate your order to the fish guys. BTW, my skate was beautifully fresh, and delicious.

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                      opinionatedchef RE: greygarious Nov 19, 2011 09:22 PM

                      yay! thnx for the filet tip. we'll go by this week.

                      1. re: greygarious
                        greygarious RE: greygarious Nov 20, 2011 05:38 PM

                        At a gathering I attended today, one woman spoke about a tour of Rome which included a building which in ancient times had been a brothel. Still on the wall were depictions of the various "service" options. Her daughter blurted: "It's just like the H-Mart fish section!"

                        3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

                  2. MrsCheese RE: msmouser Nov 18, 2011 08:45 PM

                    A bit of a drive, but the Quarterdeck in Maynard has had it fairly regularly lately. They are my go to fishmonger. I have never had fish or shellfish there that was less than great. Just had some Nantucket Bay scallops from there tonight -yum!

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