What is the difference between wet- and dry-packed scallops?
Does it make a difference if I buy wet-packed or dry-packed scallops for my recipe?
What is the difference between wet- and dry-packed scallops? Wet scallops are what you’ll find at most supermarkets. These scallops are shucked on the boat when they’re harvested, treated with a preserving solution, and often frozen. This is done so they stay fresher longer and to extend their transport life. The solution also causes them to increase their weight in water by almost 30-percent, which can inhibit searing.
Dry scallops, on the other hand, are shucked and immediately stored on ice (but not frozen). They’re fresher, with a purer, sweeter, and brinier flavor — they should smell like the sea. Dry scallops are pricier, but their quality makes them worth it.
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