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Old 09-25-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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IMHO any frozen clams or mussels would go straight into my garbage pail....they are all dead and unfit to eat.
That was my opinion too before I tried the vacuum-packed frozen mussels - they are pre-cooked in a light stock, and are really very acceptable, still plump and juicy - I need a shellfish hit every now and again and these work for me!!
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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That was my opinion too before I tried the vacuum-packed frozen mussels - they are pre-cooked in a light stock, and are really very acceptable, still plump and juicy - I need a shellfish hit every now and again and these work for me!!
Ah, I didnt know they were precooked....I misunderstood that they were "live" and you had to tap them to determine if they were alive before de-grit and beard removal processing them....this is an entirely different kettle of fish.

I did try frozen crayfish from Louisianna.....I thought they were terrible.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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Ah, I didnt know they were precooked....I misunderstood that they were "live" and you had to tap them to determine if they were alive before de-grit and beard removal processing them....this is an entirely different kettle of fish.

I did try frozen crayfish from Louisianna.....I thought they were terrible.
The mussels are worth a try - like frozen shrimp, they are handy to have in the freezer for an emergency seafood attack! Some brands come in a garlic/w/wine stock but I quite like to get the plain ones and do my own thing with them

But I know what you mean, one can get easily put off seafood by a bad experience...
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:37 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Is it true that tilapia is a kind of bass that is farm raised on sewage? I saw a special in which the fish were raised on the sewage of a waste treatment plant and I haven't been able to touch it since. What exactly is tilapia and how is it raised?
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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IMHO any frozen clams or mussels would go straight into my garbage pail....they are all dead and unfit to eat.
But that's all we can get here!
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I now understand that they are precooked and frozen in broth and are reportedly good. I didnt mean to ruin that for you...I was reacting to another post in which I thought the person was instructing in how to defrost and then check to make sure they were alive and then flush the sand and grit out of them....maybe I misunderstood. If you froze live shellfish and expected to revive them....I wouldn't bother...the precooked product.....I dont know.....maybe it is better than nothing....I use canned clams in my chowdah if no fresh clams or quohogs are available.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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I now understand that they are precooked and frozen in broth and are reportedly good. I didnt mean to ruin that for you...I was reacting to another post in which I thought the person was instructing in how to defrost and then check to make sure they were alive and then flush the sand and grit out of them....maybe I misunderstood. If you froze live shellfish and expected to revive them....I wouldn't bother...the precooked product.....I dont know.....maybe it is better than nothing....I use canned clams in my chowdah if no fresh clams or quohogs are available.
Pre-cooked seafood is absolutely the worst, ugh! They overcook it! Since we can't get the fresh here, I buy frozen or whatever is in the case if I can (pre-frozen).

I remember years ago when we lived on the coast that my mother put a crab in boiling water and I shrieked! I couldn't eat crab for years. Maybe it's better that we get it frozen.
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:27 PM
 
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IMHO any frozen clams or mussels would go straight into my garbage pail....they are all dead and unfit to eat.

Local clams are all cleaned of grit before coming to market here in Maine.....I havent found one grain of sand in any of the soft shelled steamers I have had this summer. That isnt the way it used to be and folks did use corn meal to help the clams purge....but I never liked the texture of the clam bellies after that treatment. I am glad that they power clean them now as part of the pre market prep.
What other choice do I have? That's the way they come here.
You are lucky to have Maine Lobsters and the best of Idaho potatoes.

We get the leftover of both
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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yep, we da spud pickers
One thing we noticed years ago though, was that they sold cheaper in California then Idaho. Luckily, if you know farmers, they will give them away to friend by the box load.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Holy Mackeral:

This is expanding faster than I thought. I will address a couple issues first:

Give me the name of the product and the country of origin...then I can give specific fact re the product.

Also...re the Great Clam Issue...IVAR of Seattle always said.."Keep Clam"..

The best processors always purge their shellfish in SEAWATER...They DO NOT DRINK OR TAKE IN FRESH WATER..LET US LAY TO REST THE OLD TALE THAT YOU PUT CORN MEAT, OATMEAT OR WHATEVEN IN THE WATER TO PURGE THEM..IT JUST DOSEN'T WORK..." TRUST ME.

Yes, some clams and mussels are precooked and frozen..that is like buying sausage from your meat department which uses old out of date meat and seasons it make a sausage..I know I worked in many meat departments.....

I will list some web sites soon that give a lot of infor to back up what is say.

One to check first is Pacificseafoods.com although I disagree with some things they are very accurate.


got to run...

Capt. Seafood...alisa Hunter Wold...stay tuned and Be Clam
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