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JEBIV

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Scallops
« on: November 06, 2019, 02:45:37 AM »
Haven't posted a cook in while, simple but awesome. Avacado oil in the pan 1000 deg plus fire,  took about 35 seconds for the pan to hit 450 scallops went on waited about 2 mins they released perfectly and another minute and half on the other side @jebivswife with the assist on the salad it was good.

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Walchit

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 03:16:01 AM »
I've never had a scallop, what are they like? The more I see people cooking them, the more I get interested in them

HoosierKettle

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 03:23:08 AM »
Oh yeah!  Canít beat the kettle and cast iron for searing. Looks incredible.


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JEBIV

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2019, 03:23:38 AM »
I've never had a scallop, what are they like? The more I see people cooking them, the more I get interested in them
Very tender, a slight taste of the Sea. simply allow them to dry completely to achieve that nice crust and then a slight amount of salt and pepper before cooking. you should try them
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JEBIV

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2019, 03:27:22 AM »
Oh yeah!  Canít beat the kettle and cast iron for searing. Looks incredible.


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I agree, I keep tinkering around with high smoke point oils for cast iron cooks and was very impressed with the Avocado oil, this was first time trying it, had not smoked yet when I had 450 registered in the pan and zero flavor added to the scallop and the pan cleaned right up as if it was never cooked on
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56MPG

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2019, 04:11:41 AM »
Be sure to ask for and buy DRY scallops. Not the bleached-white kind you often see, which are WET processed. Makes a huge difference. I use butter in an iron pan and baste with butter as I go. A little salt and pepper is all you need. Don't overcook, but they need to be opaque. One of my favorite things to "grill".

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JEBIV

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2019, 04:19:32 AM »
Be sure to ask for and buy DRY scallops. Not the bleached-white kind you often see, which are WET processed. Makes a huge difference. I use butter in an iron pan and baste with butter as I go. A little salt and pepper is all you need. Don't overcook, but they need to be opaque. One of my favorite things to "grill".

Marty
Great advice which I should have said, I have had better success with clarified butter than regular butter but wanted to try something different so that the flavors from the salad mated up with the scallops. And the dry scallops are a little harder to find at least in my area but is truly the only way to go for a good scallop
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HoosierKettle

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2019, 04:35:57 AM »
Iíve never known about dry scallops. Iíve always bought scallops at Samís club. They look about the same size as the ones shown here and are frozen.

I thaw them in cold water AND pat them dry with paper towels. They sear just fine. Iíll have to see if I can find dry ones or maybe thatís what those frozen ones were. I have no idea.


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56MPG

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2019, 06:16:35 AM »
"Soaked" (also known as "wet" or "treated") scallops have been soaked in a bath of phosphates (or more precisely- sodium tripolyphosphate), for the purpose of adding water-weight. When scallops are exposed to a phosphate bath, they absorb it and swell - gaining water-weight, and thereby lowering the net cost to the scallop processor. (Keep in mind, that when you buy "soaked" scallops - you are paying for this added water.) The absorbed water evaporates when the scallops are cooked- leaving them smaller, tougher and less-flavorful than their dry counterparts. It is generally easy to discern treated scallops as they will usually appear very white in color.

"Dry" is the seafood industry term for natural scallops, which have not been treated with phosphates. Natural scallops have a slightly tan, or "vanilla"-color. Dry scallops are superior for the following reasons:
For searing purposes, dry scallops caramelize beautifully!
Dry scallops taste sweet & natural, where "wet" scallops can sometimes have a washed-out, or even slightly "soapy" or bitter flavor.
You are not paying for added water with dry scallops.
"Soaked" scallops are very common.

FYI - A quick search shows Sam's sells both. There is no regulation that requires that be made clear on the packaging, so be wary. Look for the type that clearly says no chemicals/water added.
You can find high-quality dry scallops - but you will need to go to a reputable seafood dealer, and ask.
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HoosierKettle

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2019, 07:57:30 AM »
Thank you. From your description I have a feeling mine have been frozen dry scallops. They have that vanilla tan color and have a pleasing taste and texture. I will check the packaging next time I go to Samís and see if it says either way


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Erich

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2019, 07:16:09 PM »
I have a recipe for scallops and baby greens salad.  After cooking the scallops in the Cast iron pan you pour in a 2 tbl spoons of scotch, light it on fire  then add lemon juice and lemon zest. Bring to a boil and scrap the pan of all the brown bits.  Pour over greens and toss. Place scallops on top and enjoy.

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2019, 08:47:01 PM »
Oh man! Those look delicious and scallops are probably my favorite sea food. 


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Walchit

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2019, 06:50:10 AM »
Now I'm ISO dry scallops lol.

JVReich

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Re: Scallops
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2019, 10:19:20 AM »
They are a staple at our house.  Yours look great!!!   Makes me want to go get some for dinner.




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Re: Scallops
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2019, 08:31:47 PM »
If you like seafood, fish,you will like scallops.


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