|FISH TAILS — HDS
- Aloha, pretty quick one today — 1) UNI (100-gm Trays) will be available by Friday. 2) Pretty nice ONO in da’ house. 3) Some Big & Beautiful TAI SNAPPER (5/7#ers) are available this week! 4) Gettin’ a lotta Crab inquiries – unlike recent years, the expectation this year is that we will have a ‘normal’ Dungeness Crab season, which means Crabs for Thanksgiving, but we cannot quote prices to you yet, because labor negotiations between the fishermen and the processors haven’t even started yet. So, if all goes well (no domoic acid counts, nice weather, whale protection in place, and price settlement in place), then we could see Crabs by mid-November at the latest! Stay tuned! 5) No updated price-list attached this time, but some re-“Tail” below …
- Scallop news — “Bristol” is now supplying U/10-sized SCALLOPS from Hokkaido (Japan), after more than 2-years without any, which we like even better than domestic Scallops … if you’re familiar with our 10/20s & U/15s, these’ll be the ‘same’.
- The season is winding down on AK HALIBUT, and regular availability is winding down on LOCAL HAL, so the price is up a bit on both of those. SoCAL HAL is starting to appear, and the price will drop, but it hasn’t yet.
- No more Local Wild King Salmon until May-ish, 2021, so here’s da’ Salmon story for the next many months — All Farmed, and all with some levels up to crazy-high levels of environmental & sustainability certifications & recognitions — ATLANTIC SALMON x2: Canadian, our least expensive/most popular, & “Loch Duart”, from Scotland/the ‘model’/famous … KING SALMON x2: “Ora-King”, from New Zealand, & “Big Glory Bay”, also NZ (way way southern Stewart Island)/tastes lean & clean … STEELHEAD/OCEAN TROUT x2: Washington (Colombia Riv), 3/5 lbs ea, & “Loch Etive”, from Scotland/fatty & flavorful.
- Bass this week is MEX’N PINK GROUPER & CORVINA … Cod x4 = ROCK & TRUE & BLACK COD & LING … AHI/TOMBO/MAHI/SWORDFISH … BRONZINI … PETRALE SOLE … Lots More …
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- Check out the “Hot Specials” section of the Price-List, and notice the 16/20 P&D Blue PRAWNS from “Del Pacifico” on the Sea of Cortez — these are Wild, and a rarity in the Shrimp industry, they are caught in one-day outings, with Suripera nets, frozen one time only, and the company has exclusive and hard-to-attain Fair Trade Certification! (We ordered 16/20 Headless Shell-On to replenish our stock, they sent us P&Ds by mistake, discounted the cost, and we’re passing it on to you!) Yes, they aren’t cheap, because of the factors listed above, but “Del Pacifico” are absolutely da’ Best Prawn/Shrimp that can be found. Currently, Disney Corp is their top customer … let’s see if we can join that Mickey-Mouse outfit at the top of the list!
- “Bristol”, who is our DRY-PACK SCALLOP supplier, and da’ very best Scallop producer that we’ve ever dealt with, is now offering “My Fish Dish” — a 7-oz thaw, bake, & enjoy seafood entree. We’re offering six of ’em — Blackened-&-Smoked Butter SCALLOPS or ATLANTIC COD or WILD SOCKEYE SALMON, and Sesame-&-Seaweed Teriyaki on the same three fish. Seems perfect for all of you HDS customers. Give ’em a try!
- Add a box of Fresh Produce to your Seafood order! We’re partnering with C & L Produce, a highly reputable wholesale distributor out of Oakland, to bring a variety of fresh fruits & veggies into your home. This offering is as an add-on, and not a replacement for our $100-minimum seafood order. Click on the two new buttons.
- A question that comes up often is “Is our fish Sashimi-grade?” The short answer is “Yes”. Seafood thawed from a Frozen state are great choices because the freezing process kills off any parasites and inhibits bacteria growth. There is actually a (never enforced) law or regulation that says “any fish consumed raw must have been frozen at some point in the process”. Also, Fresh seafood, if real fresh, is also a great choice — Many restaurants offer crudo, tartare, poke, raw-bars, etc., much of the offerings of which have never been frozen. (remember that never-enforced law?) Parasites are not an issue with Fresh farmed fish. Parasites that are detected in wild fish may be unappetizing to most (and may be part of the whole sushi experience to others (insert wink emoji)), and if the parasites that we commonly encounter are not detected, but rather ingested, know that they are not a health hazard. You didn’t go to the hospital when you found half-a-worm in your … apple, right? Bacteria growth is constant and inevitable, and eventually causing deterioration of the meat, especially surrounding the belly cavity. This is not fresh enough fish. Trust your nose. Then it just comes down to personal taste — for me personally, I do not like raw, previously frozen Shrimp. Eeeew. I can’t imagine eating raw, farmed fresh Catfish, even though I love it fried, and Catfish has a very good shelf-life. And raw wild Swordfish wouldn’t ever be a high sashimi priority for me.
- Back in da’ Freezer after a lengthy hiatus are Fries with Eyes, a.k.a IQF LAKE SMELT … rich, tasty little things; snap off the head (or not), dust ’em in flour, deep fry ’em like french fries, eat the bones, fins, head, all of it. Fingers & napkins are the only utensils required.
- We carry a few brands of SMOKED SALMON, all are ‘nova style’ (Lox), all are sliced (cater-cut), all are about 3 to 4# per side. Easy to break down into smaller units for yer freezer, then thaw ’em when you need ’em.
- Some of your faves from da’ freezer — HAMACHI COLLARS / KAMA (2+ lbs per pkg); HAMACHI FILLET (about 5-lbs ea); CHILEAN C-BASS COLLARS; FZN Cooked/Blanched OCTOPUS TENTACLES (TAKO) about 3# ea, from Hokkaido/Japan; SPANISH OCTOPUS; AHI POKE CUBES, SALMON POKE CUBES, MINCED/GROUND AHI, OYSTER SPRING-ROLLS; FZN ALBACORE LOINS, & Sk-Off & BLO FZN AHI LOINS; IQF SARDINES; PERUVIAN BAY SCALLOPS; Lots More …
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