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deweyweber54 Nov 15, 2013 04:23 PM

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

Thanks!

DW

  1. trufflehound Nov 16, 2013 05:21 AM

    Captain Mardens has them. $25 lb.

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      josephlapusata Nov 16, 2013 07:24 AM

      Twin Seafood will get them if you order them.

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        RoyRon Nov 16, 2013 07:43 AM

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

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          cambridgedoctpr Nov 16, 2013 04:55 PM

          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

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            CapeCodGuy Nov 16, 2013 05:29 PM

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

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              hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 12:23 PM

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

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                CapeCodGuy Nov 17, 2013 01:06 PM

                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.

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                  Bellachefa Nov 17, 2013 01:25 PM

                  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.

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                    CapeCodGuy Nov 17, 2013 01:45 PM

                    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.

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                      9lives Nov 17, 2013 01:52 PM

                      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.

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                        Karl S Nov 17, 2013 03:35 PM

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

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              phatchris Nov 17, 2013 04:55 AM

              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. MichaelB Nov 17, 2013 08:45 AM

                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.

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                  deweyweber54 Nov 17, 2013 05:02 PM

                  Thanks for your thoughts all!
                  Was originally hoping to find fresh scallops around here;

                  Whole Foods @ $20 per pound?
                  Don't think so.

                  Appreciate your thoughts however, and all the best!

                  Cheers, and any updates appreciated!

                  DW

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                    Karl S Nov 17, 2013 05:05 PM

                    Fresh local bay scallops in markets here will be very dear, price-wise. If they aren't, they probably aren't local or fresh.

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                      Bellachefa Nov 17, 2013 05:05 PM

                      I've never bought them at the bargain price of $20 lb. Recent years I recall them going from $30 down to $25 as the season moves along.

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                        hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 05:06 PM

                        regular dry ocean scallops are $16-$18 pp at market basket and stop & shop, but i don't know what you've got out in your hood.

                        local bay scallops are always much more.

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                          Bellachefa Nov 17, 2013 05:09 PM

                          what does that have to do with Nantucket Bay Scallops? Or Cape Cod Bay Scallops?

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                            hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 05:13 PM

                            the op said $20 @ whole foods was too high. it's only marginally more than ocean scallops in other stores and unlikely for local bays.

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                          9lives Nov 17, 2013 05:27 PM

                          I saw fresh sea scallops at WF by MGH on Sat for $20/lb. They were from New Bedford and caught on Georges Bank. They looked good; but they were not the little Nantucket/bay scallops, that you were asking about. I think that's a far price for them. The Nantuckets should run $5-8 more/lb.

                          I'd have bought some but some beautiful swordfish had just come in and I bought a nice steak.

                          In the Western burbs, I think Capt Marden's, the first answer, is your best bet.

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