Kitchen Myths

Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken

Snowy white scallops are the best

Some fresh (not frozen) scallops you see in the store are as white as snow. Others are more of a pale tan/ivory color. Many people mistakenly think the whiteness means better quality. Actually, it is the reverse.

The snow white scallops are called “wet scallops” because they are soaked in a solution of water and sodium tripolyphosphate. This helps to preserve them and also causes them to absorb more water–and to turn pure white. As a result, the same amount of scallops will weigh more after soaking than before, and bring in more money.

The “dry” scallops are not soaked and hence keep their natural tan/ivory color.

One response to “Snowy white scallops are the best

  1. Linda July 4, 2020 at 1:28 am

    I didn’t know . But do now . THANKS

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