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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown SugarGlaze

    This seems to be a new product. I didn't notice
    it until recently.

    I just ate my fourth box of these guys, and
    they're great. They're raw scallops wrapped in
    raw bacon with a little skewer holding them
    together, then frozen. Sure, I could make this
    from scratch, but it's so convenient to just
    open the box. You pay for this convenience,
    it's a bit pricey at $5.99 for a box of 10,
    but otherwise I'd have to buy a whole package
    of bacon plus the scallops. I think it's a
    good value.

    It's not pure meat. The title implies a brown
    sugar glave, which is not visible on the raw
    product. (No sauce packet is provided.) The
    ingrediants list also discloses celery juice
    as an ingrediant.

    I don't follow the directions on the package,
    because my oven is broken. I make them in
    my big cast iron pot at moderate heat, turning
    to low when they've been adequately browned
    on both sides.

    My one complaint about this product is that
    a lot of liquid is released by the scallops
    and bacon during cooking, which then boils off
    leaving a considerable amount of fond. I can
    see and smell that I'm losing a lot of flavor
    when I'm soaking and scrubbing the pot out.
    That just seems wrong to me.

    I don't know what I should do to either prevent
    this loss or recover it. I suppose the
    traditional approach would be to make a sauce
    out of it, but the original food item is just
    fine without a sauce. So I'm not quite sure
    what to do. I'm tempted to make a batch of rice
    in the same pot, which then would be flavored
    by the fond. But usually I'm not in the mood
    for rice when I prepare these things, because
    I eat all my meat in the morning and if I eat
    any carbs that's in the afternoon or evening
    to prevent sleep problems.

  2. #2
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > This seems to be a new product. I didn't notice
    > it until recently.
    >
    > I just ate my fourth box of these guys, and
    > they're great. They're raw scallops wrapped in
    > raw bacon with a little skewer holding them
    > together, then frozen. Sure, I could make this
    > from scratch, but it's so convenient to just
    > open the box. You pay for this convenience,
    > it's a bit pricey at $5.99 for a box of 10,
    > but otherwise I'd have to buy a whole package
    > of bacon plus the scallops. I think it's a
    > good value.
    >
    > It's not pure meat. The title implies a brown
    > sugar glave, which is not visible on the raw
    > product. (No sauce packet is provided.) The
    > ingrediants list also discloses celery juice
    > as an ingrediant.
    >
    > I don't follow the directions on the package,
    > because my oven is broken. I make them in
    > my big cast iron pot at moderate heat, turning
    > to low when they've been adequately browned
    > on both sides.
    >
    > My one complaint about this product is that
    > a lot of liquid is released by the scallops
    > and bacon during cooking, which then boils off
    > leaving a considerable amount of fond. I can
    > see and smell that I'm losing a lot of flavor
    > when I'm soaking and scrubbing the pot out.
    > That just seems wrong to me.
    >

    Raw scallops always release a lot of liquid. And bacon releases grease.
    I'm not sure why this surprises you. But, as you say, you're on your fourth
    box of these things so obviously you aren't dissappointed in the product.

    How about you get your oven repaired and cook them per the package
    directions? If it were me I wouldn't want "sauce" on bacon-wrapped
    scallops. I'd probably cook them on a slotted broiler pan in the oven to
    catch the drippings for easy clean-up. But I can't see what you're seeing
    so that's just a guess on my part

    Jill


  3. #3
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:48:04 -0500, "jmcquown" <j_mcquown@comca[email protected]>
    wrote:


    >Raw scallops always release a lot of liquid. And bacon releases grease.
    >I'm not sure why this surprises you. But, as you say, you're on your fourth
    >box of these things so obviously you aren't dissappointed in the product.


    No they don't. If they have any sort of preservative they will
    release the liquid. If they are "dry-packed", then they will not.

    Christine
    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  4. #4
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:48:04 -0500, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Raw scallops always release a lot of liquid. And bacon releases grease.
    >>I'm not sure why this surprises you. But, as you say, you're on your
    >>fourth
    >>box of these things so obviously you aren't dissappointed in the product.

    >
    > No they don't. If they have any sort of preservative they will
    > release the liquid. If they are "dry-packed", then they will not.
    >
    > Christine
    > --
    > http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com




    He didn't say they were "dry packed". Just that they were frozen. And raw
    bacon of course extrudes drippings.

    Jill


  5. #5
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with BrownSugar Glaze

    On Feb 13, 4:56*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > This seems to be a new product. *I didn't notice
    > it until recently.
    >
    > I just ate my fourth box of these guys, and
    > they're great. *They're raw scallops wrapped in
    > raw bacon with a little skewer holding them
    > together, then frozen.


    I don't get the bit with scallops and bacon. My other half had it one
    time at a very nice resto, and said the bacon overwhelmed the
    scallops, plus they topped it with melted Swiss cheese.

    Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting - kind of a
    chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.

    Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    own eyes.

  6. #6
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 17:09:21 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Feb 13, 4:56*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    >> This seems to be a new product. *I didn't notice
    >> it until recently.
    >>
    >> I just ate my fourth box of these guys, and
    >> they're great. *They're raw scallops wrapped in
    >> raw bacon with a little skewer holding them
    >> together, then frozen.

    >
    >I don't get the bit with scallops and bacon. My other half had it one
    >time at a very nice resto and said the bacon overwhelmed the
    >scallops,


    TIAD

    >plus they topped it with melted Swiss cheese.


    TIADē


  7. #7
    Bruce Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon withBrown Sugar Glaze

    jmcquown wrote:
    > "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:48:04 -0500, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>> Raw scallops always release a lot of liquid. And bacon releases
    >>> grease.
    >>> I'm not sure why this surprises you. But, as you say, you're on
    >>> your fourth
    >>> box of these things so obviously you aren't dissappointed in the
    >>> product.

    >>
    >> No they don't. If they have any sort of preservative they will
    >> release the liquid. If they are "dry-packed", then they will not.
    >>
    >> Christine
    >> --
    >> http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

    >
    >
    >
    > He didn't say they were "dry packed". Just that they were frozen.
    > And raw bacon of course extrudes drippings.
    >
    > Jill

    They extrude drippings? WTF does that mean?

  8. #8
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Bruce <[email protected]> wrote:

    > jmcquown wrote:
    > > And raw bacon of course extrudes drippings.
    > >
    > > Jill


    > They extrude drippings? WTF does that mean?


    Betcha a can of TaB that she meant "exude."

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Dom Schallerovych 2-10-2010

  9. #9
    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze


    "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    >dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting - kind of a
    >chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.


    >Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    >of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    >own eyes.


    Life is fraught with Perils.



  10. #10
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Bruce <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >> > And raw bacon of course extrudes drippings.
    >> >
    >> > Jill

    >
    >> They extrude drippings? WTF does that mean?

    >
    > Betcha a can of TaB that she meant "exude."
    >
    > --
    > -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > Dom Schallerovych 2-10-2010




    I'll throw in a case of ginger ale and bet you were correct Sometimes my
    fingers type letters I cannot explain. Bacon leads to bacon grease, dude.

    Jill


  11. #11
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:25:45 -0500, "cybercat" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    > "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    > >dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting - kind of a
    > >chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.

    >
    > >Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    > >of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    > >own eyes.

    >
    > Life is fraught with Perils.
    >

    Who's to say the decaf pot wasn't loaded with caffeinated and that it
    was done by a non-coffee drinker who didn't care.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  12. #12
    cshenk Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    "Mark Thorson" wrote

    > they're great. They're raw scallops wrapped in
    > raw bacon with a little skewer holding them
    > together, then frozen. Sure, I could make this
    > from scratch, but it's so convenient to just
    > open the box. You pay for this convenience,


    > My one complaint about this product is that
    > a lot of liquid is released by the scallops
    > and bacon during cooking, which then boils off
    > leaving a considerable amount of fond. I can
    > see and smell that I'm losing a lot of flavor
    > when I'm soaking and scrubbing the pot out.
    > That just seems wrong to me.


    They were probably water injected a bit which raises the weight but also
    lets them flavor them a bit (celery juice possibly). Done right, thus can
    actually not be all that bad of a thing. Done wrong, you get watery mushy
    scallops. I'm guessing from your report these are done right.

    > I don't know what I should do to either prevent
    > this loss or recover it. I suppose the
    > traditional approach would be to make a sauce
    > out of it, but the original food item is just
    > fine without a sauce. So I'm not quite sure
    > what to do. I'm tempted to make a batch of rice
    > in the same pot, which then would be flavored
    > by the fond. But usually I'm not in the mood
    > for rice when I prepare these things, because
    > I eat all my meat in the morning and if I eat
    > any carbs that's in the afternoon or evening
    > to prevent sleep problems.


    I have an idea. Do you like green beans? Fresh would be better but canned
    will be ok or frozen. Toss them in there with a minimum of water and cook
    down to almost dry. Should have a nice flavor to them and you could quickly
    reheat them later for a fast simple noshe. Spinach or some of the milder
    asian mustard greens would be my secondary choices though they may be too
    'strong' for this delicate flavor. Nappa cabbage might be a good one to try
    and would cook fast enough (just rinse and add wet then wilt).


  13. #13
    aem Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with BrownSugar Glaze

    On Feb 14, 8:31 am, "cshenk" <cshe...@cox.net> wrote:
    >
    > They were probably water injected a bit which raises the weight but also
    > lets them flavor them a bit (celery juice possibly). Done right, thus can
    > actually not be all that bad of a thing. Done wrong, you get watery mushy
    > scallops. I'm guessing from your report these are done right.


    Chances are good that it's not as benign as you portray. Scallops are
    very often treated with STP, sodium tripolyphosphate, which increases
    the scallops water retentiveness drastically. So you not only can't
    sear them properly but you also pay scallop prices for water. If the
    added water exceeds 80%, but not until then, regulations in the U.S.
    require the scallops to be labeled "water added, scallop product".
    This is the opposite of the "dry packed" scallops, which is what you
    need to look for. I don't know about the TJ product. They used to
    advertise that their scallops did not contain STP but they may have
    changed. I'd certainly want to read the fine print on the package.
    -aem


  14. #14
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:25:45 -0500, cybercat wrote:

    > "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    >>dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting - kind of a
    >>chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.

    >
    >>Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    >>of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    >>own eyes.

    >
    > Life is fraught with Perils.


    ....but also pearls, thank god.

    your pal,
    blake

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    cybercat Guest

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    "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1ddbz2tqivsza$.19hyohikrm9ds$.[email protected] ..
    > On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:25:45 -0500, cybercat wrote:
    >
    >> "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    >>>dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting - kind of a
    >>>chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.

    >>
    >>>Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    >>>of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    >>>own eyes.

    >>
    >> Life is fraught with Perils.

    >
    > ...but also pearls, thank god.
    >

    OMG you SPOKE to me! *thunk*



  16. #16
    ntantiques Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with BrownSugar Glaze

    On Feb 13, 5:09*pm, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:

    > snipped
    > Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    > dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting *- kind of a
    > chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.
    >
    > Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    > of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    > own eyes.


    Not so sure I'd blame the coffee...

    I experience the same problem these days when I eat serious chocolate
    in the evening. A big mug of hot chocolate made from scratch using
    unsweetened cocoa is enough to keep me wide eyed into the wee small
    hours. ARGHH...

    Lots of chocolate mousse recipes, in addition to significant amounts
    of dark chocolate, contain expresso in either liquid or powdered
    form. When you combine it with the chocolate, a serving of mousse
    could easily add up to the amount of caffeine in a big cup of leaded
    coffee.

    Nancy T

  17. #17
    I am Tosk Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > This seems to be a new product. I didn't notice
    > it until recently.
    >
    > I just ate my fourth box of these guys, and
    > they're great. They're raw scallops wrapped in
    > raw bacon with a little skewer holding them
    > together, then frozen. Sure, I could make this
    > from scratch, but it's so convenient to just
    > open the box. You pay for this convenience,
    > it's a bit pricey at $5.99 for a box of 10,
    > but otherwise I'd have to buy a whole package
    > of bacon plus the scallops. I think it's a
    > good value.
    >


    We make them ourselves, another thing to try is Hawaiian bacon (what we call
    it). Take scallop sized chunks of pineapple and wrap them with bacon, and broil
    them like you would the scallops. They are great!

    Scotty


  18. #18
    I am Tosk Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > >
    > > My one complaint about this product is that
    > > a lot of liquid is released by the scallops
    > > and bacon during cooking, which then boils off
    > > leaving a considerable amount of fond. I can
    > > see and smell that I'm losing a lot of flavor
    > > when I'm soaking and scrubbing the pot out.
    > > That just seems wrong to me.


    So broil them on a slotted broiler. After take the juice and whatever is burnt
    to the bottom of the broiler and scrap it into a wok or fry pan, I use a wok.
    Add some chopped onion, some chopped hot pepper, and other spices as desired
    and cook it almost burnt. Then make some sweet rice (sticky rice) and use the
    sauce (cooked down to a paste) to dip the sweet rice in and enjoy.

    Scotty
    > >

    > Raw scallops always release a lot of liquid. And bacon releases grease.
    > I'm not sure why this surprises you. But, as you say, you're on your fourth
    > box of these things so obviously you aren't dissappointed in the product.
    >
    > How about you get your oven repaired and cook them per the package
    > directions? If it were me I wouldn't want "sauce" on bacon-wrapped
    > scallops. I'd probably cook them on a slotted broiler pan in the oven to
    > catch the drippings for easy clean-up. But I can't see what you're seeing
    > so that's just a guess on my part
    >
    > Jill




  19. #19
    I am Tosk Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > In article <[email protected]>,
    > > Bruce <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> jmcquown wrote:
    > >> > And raw bacon of course extrudes drippings.
    > >> >
    > >> > Jill

    > >
    > >> They extrude drippings? WTF does that mean?

    > >
    > > Betcha a can of TaB that she meant "exude."
    > >
    > > --
    > > -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > > http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > > Dom Schallerovych 2-10-2010

    >
    >
    >
    > I'll throw in a case of ginger ale and bet you were correct Sometimes my
    > fingers type letters I cannot explain. Bacon leads to bacon grease, dude.
    >
    > Jill


    Sometimes I think it's best that I don't spell well. It makes it easier to for
    me to understand what folks are trying to say No preconceived notions!

    Scotty

  20. #20
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon with Brown Sugar Glaze

    On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:17:42 -0500, cybercat wrote:

    > "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:1ddbz2tqivsza$.19hyohikrm9ds$.[email protected] ..
    >> On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:25:45 -0500, cybercat wrote:
    >>
    >>> "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>Speaking of sleep problems, I succumbed to an invitation for a late
    >>>>dessert the other night with some friends after a meeting - kind of a
    >>>>chocolate mousse thing - agh - I was awake til 2.
    >>>
    >>>>Or else the decaf wasn't really decaf. I hate when they bring a cupful
    >>>>of coffee to the table - I'd rather see that orange topped pot with my
    >>>>own eyes.
    >>>
    >>> Life is fraught with Perils.

    >>
    >> ...but also pearls, thank god.
    >>

    > OMG you SPOKE to me! *thunk*


    what, toots? i've been here, it's you who took a powder.

    your pal,
    blake

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