Frozen-ish scallops?

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2004/03/31 12:50:50 (permalink)

Frozen-ish scallops?

Here's a question for the seafood experts and food scientists: I bought a bag of frozen scallops last night, and by the time I got them back from the store, they were slightly thawed--still had ice crystals on them but were beginning to soften. I promptly threw them back in the freezer, which is cranked as cold as it will go, but the question is, saute them tonight (thoroughly), or ? My digestive system (and my husband's) thank you for your advice.
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    seafarer john
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    RE: Frozen-ish scallops? 2004/03/31 13:45:55 (permalink)
    I'm not an expert, and have no experience with frozen scallops. but, I see no reason why thawed scallops should not be OK if kept covered in the refrigerator for 24 hours or so. I've always been told to never refreeze anything that has started to thaw - but I dont know why...
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    RE: Frozen-ish scallops? 2004/03/31 13:54:34 (permalink)
    Jettababs-
    Those scallops should be OK in your freezer. The slight thawing won't affect them too much. The main thing to watch for in scallops is that they are "dry", that is to say, no water or preservatives added. I would use these within a few weeks for peak flavor and consistency. Good luck.
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    RE: Frozen-ish scallops? 2004/03/31 16:57:52 (permalink)
    Your scallops are fine. I often buy frozen Alaskan scallops or shrimp at Costco which tend to get a little thawed by the time we get home. I put them directly in the freezer and they are great.
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    RE: Frozen-ish scallops? 2004/03/31 17:17:59 (permalink)
    Never, never, ever buy scallops that have been soaked in sodium tripolyphosphate! Nasty!!
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    RE: Frozen-ish scallops? 2004/03/31 22:03:46 (permalink)
    The reason you shouldn't refreeze food is that the resulting ice crystals tend to sever the fibers of the food, turning it into mush when thawed again.
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    RE: Frozen-ish scallops? 2004/04/02 08:05:48 (permalink)
    Thanks, all. We had the scallops last night and they were delicious, if I do say so myself. Now that we're acquainted with fixing them (and bringing them home from the store!), they might have to become a regular thing.
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