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Nov 15, 2013 04:23 PM

Nantucket / Cape Scallops

As things cool down in the greater Concord area, wondering if anyone has found Nantucket or Cape scallops anywhere in the western 'Burbs?



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  1. Captain Mardens has them. $25 lb.

    1. Twin Seafood will get them if you order them.

      1. I saw them at Whole Foods at Fresh Pond Circle this week. $20.00/lbs

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        1. re: RoyRon

          were they fresh or frozen? from the cape or somewhere else.

          i saw frozen ones at Whole Foods River Street. and 20 dollars a pound is really, really cheap

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            Agreed, $20 is incredible. They are wholesaling at $18 and retail here is $25-$28 everywhere.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              why would you pay ANY money for frozen cape/nantucket scallops? seems like lunacy.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Agreed. Has anyone ever seen them available frozen? I know I haven't. I'm guessing the OP saw local dry SEA scallops at WF for $20/lb. but they weren't labelled as 'seas', only as 'locals'. That price would be cosistant with what I usually see at WH, about $3-4 too high.

                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  Not retail, but I've been to two places on Nantucket off season, and post scallop season that freeze them for the rest of the year. Both treated them properly and prepared lovely dishes. This however was about 8 years ago.

                  1. re: Bellachefa

                    I would think a quick freeze in cryovac packaging would work reasonably well if used withing a few months for cooking. Personally, I just love them raw, or ceviche style, so they really need to be fresh for that. They are so yummy though, that I can see the desire to freeze them for use when they are no longer in season.

                    1. re: Bellachefa

                      Sayles Market on Nantucket used to sell frozen local scallops in the summer; maybe they still do.

                      I think they were in 1 lb vacuum packed bags and frozen when caught in season. They were excellent and could be eaten raw. They were definitely not priced any lower than the fresh in season.

                      I've recently frozen the large sea scallops from George's Bank with a vacuum packer and no noticeable loss in flavor/texture..eaten raw a few weeks later.

                      1. re: 9lives

                        Frozen scallops are best either raw or in moist preparations (soups), but not as much for searing.

            2. Not in the western burbs, but if anyone is on the North Shore I got fantastic Cape scallops at Rowand's in Beverly $28 lb

              1. This is south of the city rather than west, but I saw some at the Fruit Center marketplace in Milton a few days ago. (I think the seafood counter there is run by Rocky Neck seafood?) Price in the mid-twenties I believe.