FRESH SOFT-SHELL CRABS
The Soft-Shell Crabs are beginning to arrive! Our soft-shell crabs come from Maryland, and are blue crabs in transition. During molting season (the time when crabs shed their hard shells) their new shells are paper thin. At this point almost the entire crab is edible. Fresh Soft Shell Crabs are usually available between early May and early October. We refuse to serve crabs that were previously frozen from last season. We serve the crabs only when we can source them FRESH. We also serve only the whales, which are the largest available.
Some information about Our Fresh Scallops:
Scallops: Dry vs. Wet
Among the many different kinds of sea scallops available, there are two different methods that scallops are sold on the market- dry and wet.
At Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale we select and serve only fresh dry sea scallops
Wet scallops are commonly treated with Phosphates which is a preservative. When scallops are soaked in phosphates, they absorb water making them weigh more (Keep in mind, that you are paying for added water.) The absorbed water evaporates during cooking and, in turn, shrinks your scallops leaving them smaller, dry and somewhat tasteless. Furthermore, the added water does not let scallops brown properly when we broil them for our scallop casseroles.
Dry scallops are all wild and natural. They are not treated with any chemicals whatsoever. They are harvested directly from the ocean, shucked on deck, and the rushed into distribution. Dry scallops caramelize naturally during broiling. And, as you might have guessed, there is no cost-added water weight with dry scallops