I have been looking for a source of dry scallops in this area. There used to be a fish market on Main Street in Fishkill, but it has closed. Someone suggested that I try 4 Maples Fish in LaGrange, but I haven't been able to find them and am not sure they are a retail business. I tried Adams Fairacres and found a pan of scallops labaled as "dry", that were swimming in a pool of milky liquid. I asked the gentleman behind the counter about this and he said that all "dry" means is that they have no preservatives - not that they have no added liquid. This is contrary to everything I thought I knew about scallops. Whenever I have bought dry scallops in the past, they were luscious little morsels that produced no liquid when cooked and certainly weren't sitting in a pool of liquid at the market. In despiration, I went into Hannafords. Again I found the "dry" scallops sitting in a pool of whitish liquid. I tried Frankie's Superette in Hopewell, and found scallops not labeled as dry, but packaged in styrofoam trays with nary a sign of dripping liquid. I'm new to the area and had no trouble fining good scallops in Florida.
So - have I been mis-educated about dry scallops? And, in the area, does anyone know of a source of good dry scallops? Has anyone tried the ones at Frankie's? They look to me to be the best choice. BTW - I want to just sear them nicely brown on both sides and allow to cook just until tender and barely done. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.