Freeze-Dried Bay Scallops - Small
One bag contains 3.5 ounces of freeze-dried scallops, which is the equivalent of 26.67 ounces, over a pound and a half of fresh scallops.
Each Resealable Mylar bag has an oxygen and moisture absorber to ensure the longest shelf life possible.
To cook freeze-dried bay scallops, follow these instructions:
1. Rehydrate the Scallops: Place the desired amount of freeze-dried bay scallops in a bowl or pot. Add enough cold water to cover the scallops completely. Allow them to soak for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they become soft and plump. Stir occasionally to ensure even rehydration.
2. Drain Excess Water: After the scallops have rehydrated, drain off any excess water. You can use a strainer or colander to remove the water thoroughly.
3. Cooking Method: Once the excess water is drained, you can cook the rehydrated bay scallops using various methods such as sautéing, grilling, or baking, depending on your preference.
- Sautéing: Heat a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Add the rehydrated scallops and cook them for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until they turn opaque and slightly browned. Avoid overcooking them, as they can become tough.
- Grilling: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Thread the rehydrated scallops onto skewers or use a grill basket to prevent them from falling through the grates. Grill the scallops for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until they are opaque and have grill marks.
- Baking: Preheat your oven to a high temperature, such as 425°F (220°C). Place the rehydrated scallops on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased foil. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the scallops are opaque and slightly browned.
4. Seasoning: Once the scallops are cooked, season them with salt, pepper, or any other desired spices or herbs to enhance their flavor. You can also squeeze a bit of lemon juice over them for added freshness.
Note: It's important to keep a close eye on the cooking time, as scallops can quickly become overcooked and rubbery. Adjust the cooking time based on the size and thickness of the scallops and your preferred level of doneness.
Now your freeze-dried bay scallops are ready to be enjoyed as a standalone dish, added to pasta or risotto, or used in various seafood recipes.
Freeze-Dried Bay Scallops - Small
When handling and storing freeze-dried foods, it's important to follow these instructions to maintain their quality and ensure food safety:
1. Read Packaging Instructions: Carefully read and follow any specific instructions provided on the packaging of the freeze-dried food products. Handle uncooked freeze-dried foods the same as fresh raw foods.
2. Properly Seal and Store: After opening the packaging, make sure to reseal it tightly to prevent air and moisture from entering. Properly sealed packaging helps maintain the quality and shelf life of freeze-dried foods. If the original packaging is not resealable, transfer the contents to airtight containers or resealable bags.
3. Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Store freeze-dried foods in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight, humidity, and heat sources. Exposure to these elements can compromise the quality, texture, and taste of the food. Aim for a storage temperature between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C).
4. Protect from Moisture: Moisture is the enemy of freeze-dried foods as it can lead to spoilage. Keep the packaging or containers away from areas with high humidity or sources of moisture, such as sinks or steamy environments.
5. Prevent Cross-Contamination: Use clean utensils or washed hands when handling freeze-dried foods to avoid cross-contamination with other ingredients or surfaces. This helps maintain the quality and safety of the freeze-dried products.
6. Check for Signs of Spoilage: Before consuming or using freeze-dried foods, inspect them for any signs of spoilage. Discard the product if you notice off-odors, unusual colors, or mold growth. If the packaging is damaged or compromised, it's best to err on the side of caution and not consume the product.
7. Rotate and Use Before Expiration: Freeze-dried foods have a long shelf life, but it's advisable to consume them before the expiration date mentioned on the packaging for the best quality. Practice proper first-in, first-out (FIFO) rotation to ensure older products are used before newer ones.
By following these handling and storage instructions, you can maintain the quality, flavor, and nutritional value of your freeze-dried foods for an extended period, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience.