Spot Prawns $25/lb [21-30 ct]

November 8, 2019 in Products, Slideshow

Photo Courtesy of Kaagwei Howard Walcott

Difficult to source and harder still to harvest, Spot Prawns are a uniquely scrumptious wild shellfish full of sweet flavor combined with rich umami savoriness and a beautiful white texture that is firm to the bite without being chewy.

Festive recipe using peeled and boiled prawns provide an exciting and talked about delicacy of the ocean that remains wildly abundant in in Southeast Alaska.  Harvested using pot trap gear, spot prawns are managed for generations of sustainable seafood resource  access.

Spot Prawns are sold as tails only and are easy to peel once cooked while not terribly difficult to peel raw.  Owning to their characteristics of freshness and Otolith’s commitment to superior quality, spot prawns shells are as attached to their prawns’ bodies as much as they day they were harvested.  Thawing shellfish under refrigeration at least a few up to 7 days before cooking will make shells easier to remove and peel.  The hard shells of a large prawn are easy to grasp and the firm texture of the prawns simplifies the task while it is pinched from its shell.   No deveining required. Approximate time to peel 20 large prawns:  6-7 minutes

Seasoned Prawn Boil: Approximately 1/2 cup of liquid for every 1/4 lb prawns.

For 2 lb recipe

Ingredients:

2 lbs Spot Prawns  – thawed, unpeeled or peeled with shells reserved*

2 cups water – may use 2 cups white wine

2 cups white wine or diluted lemon juice, pilsner beer, or vegetable stock

1 small onion quartered

3 celery stalks quartered into shorter lengths

1 carrot quartered lengthwise

1 garlic clove smashed

1 Tbs peppercorns

1 Tbs salt – optional

1 sprig rosemary

1/4 bunch of any fresh or old green herbs

1 Tbs lemon zest or peel – no pith

1 stick of butter

any vegetables beside beets [do not stain the prawns except] can go into the pot at your discretion

In a large sauce pot, combine all ingredients except prawns and butter, cover and bring to a boil.  Add unpeeled prawns to the pot, cover and cook until done.  Approximately 10-15 minutes.  Give the prawns a stir to make sure all tails are curled slightly, fully cooked and opaque throughout.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in the stick of butter. Allow to cool slightly and serve with fresh crusty baguette. Prawns will require peeling wile eating. This recipe does not use cocktail sauce.  If you like cocktail sauce omit butter and bread from the recipe and serve the prawns chilled and strained. Reserve liquid frozen for use as a soup base or stock for risotto. This recipe may be made up to 1 day in advance.

*For a more formal version of this recipe see below.

Prawns can be peeled up to 24 hours before cooking.  Prawn shells are optional in this recipe and can be boiled to make the cooking stock used to serve with shelled prawns. To make a stock from prawn shells repeat the recipe above except adding only prawn shells to the stock and allow stock to cool completely before straining the stock to remove all of the ingredients except its liquid. Then add the butter to the cooled strained stock and reheat it the stock on medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted add the shelled prawns.  Cook until peeled prawns are curled and opaque [approx 8-10 minutes].  Serve in bowls with crusty baguette. This recipe does not use cocktail sauce.  If you like cocktail sauce omit butter and bread from the recipe and serve the prawns chilled and strained. Reserve liquid frozen for use as a soup base or stock for risotto.

Best Homemade cocktail sauce: 4 parts ketchup, 1 part horseradish, 1/2 part fresh lemon juice, 1/8 part Worcestershire sauce or chopped anchovies. Serve chilled. May be made up to 1 day ahead.

Cooking and Handling Spot Prawns

Thawing and Cooking

November 29, 2018 in Slideshow

For superior results and best handling practices always thaw seafood under refrigeration.  A slow cool thaw will gently increase the temperature of your superior Otolith seafood protecting its quality and flavor.

When you want to enjoy Otolith’s fish raw then Otolith’s recommends Otolith’s Quick Thaw method.

20 Minute Quick Thaw

Otolith’s Quick Thaw© Directions*

Always puncture, cut or release vacuum seal of fresh/frozen Otolith sustainable seafood before thawing.  Thaw your seafood while in its specifically designed pouch.  Use a sharp knife to make a very small puncture in the top corner of the pouch. [Note: USDA Safe Defrosting Methods]

Place punctured pouch in clean warm water.   Do not allow the warm water to get into the protective pouch.  Replace warm water after 10 minutes .  Most fillets take 20 minutes to thaw.  Filets larger than 3/4 inch thick may take longer.

Otolith’s fish is sushi-grade and may be eaten raw up to 6 hours only after it has been thawed using Otolith’s Quick Thaw© directions and provided it is kept dry and stored between 34-40 degrees using refrigeration to control the temperature of your sushi-grade fish. 

Raw fish and sushi may be served for up to 2 hours on pre-chilled plates using frozen gel packs beneath the plates to control the plate temperature while serving.  Using gel packs to control the temperature of raw fish reduces the the amount of time raw fish will remain safe for consumption.  Do not eat raw fish that has been improperly handled or stored.

Refrigerated Thaw: place open pouch in clean bowl and allow to set in refrigerator for 5-8 hours to thaw depending on the thickness of the seafood.  Thicker fillets or whole fish may take longer.

To enjoy the superior quality and fresh taste of Otolith premium seafood, please consume within 3 days of thawing seafood.  Nonetheless, Otolith’s sustainable seafood once thawed will remain safe to cook and eat for up to 7 days.  While fillets and shellfish may be rinsed with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel before cooking, never soak seafood directly in water.  Always thaw in pouch or open air and remember to cut the pouch and release the vacuum seal prior to thawing.

Cooking Directions – Cutting portions before cooking can prevent over cooking thinner pieces provided you remove thinner portions of cooked seafood from the heat source once cooked.  Cook fillets at 400 degrees for 10 minutes per inch of thickness.  Most pieces take 6-8 minutes.  Cut into portions before cooking; cutting seafood into portions before cooking does not reduce the quality of your premium Otolith fish or shellfish provided you make clean cuts using a sharp knife.  For more specific cooking tips and directions, please use the products drop down menu to visit the specific page for each species of fish or shellfish.

*Recommended by Otolith not the USDA.  Otolith LLP, Community Supported Seafood LLC, their affiliates and/or heirs are not responsible for the improper use of Otolith’s Quick Thaw© technique.  Otolith’s Rapid Thaw© technique was designed to allow for the highest quality and safest consumption of sushi grade raw fish and cooked seafood.  Proper use of Otolith’s Quick Thaw© only allows for the safe consumption of raw fish for no more than 6 hours provided the fish once thawed is continually stored under refrigeration temperatures between 34-38°.  Improper handling of Quick Thaw© fish or shellfish will reduce the amount of time that fish can safely be eaten raw.  Example:  Sushi rolls served on a chilled plate without gel packs should be eaten within 40 minutes or discarded.  All raw fish should be held at a controlled temperature [34-40°] to sufficiently inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria and other micro-organisms.

US Bering Sea Red King Crab

July 30, 2018 in Products, Seasonal Wild Catch, Slideshow

2019 Harvest Red King Crab

Purchase Otolith’s freshly harvested domestic #1 Red King Crab for only $33/lb.  Otolith’s red king crab is the freshest and largest king crab available.  You will savor each succulent bite of its sweet and briny naturally ocean fresh taste.  Otolith’s king crab is always additive and preservative free and partially cooked and blast frozen at the peak of its freshness.  Each half crab blast-frozen cluster weighs approximately 2.5 lbs.

Alaskan Red King Crab is the largest and sweetest King Crab

Ordering and Delivery

June 10, 2018 in Slideshow

For delivery to your door, email sales@otolithonline.com or call 215-426-4266.  Your order request will be returned within 72 hours. Delivery is a available on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Most orders deliver the following week.

Otolith’s Delivery Service has scheduled distribution routes throughout PA, NJ, DE and NYC.

All other orders shall be shipped overnight via Fed Ex or UPS.

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Minimum Purchase Requirement for FREE Home Delivery:
Philadelphia – $100 or $10 delivery fee applies
PA Suburbs – $150 or $15 delivery fee applies
South NJ – $150 or $15 delivery fee applies
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Otolith requires a minimum purchase of 20 lbs. for all orders being shipped overnight.  Blast-frozen sushi grade fish will stay frozen when properly insulated and temperature controlled using frozen gel packs.  Shipping fish less than 20 lbs. substantially increases the amount of frozen gel packs necessary to assure frozen quality and sushi grade fish.  In the interest of our customers, we prefer that all orders to ship overnight must purchase a minimum of 20 lbs. unless authorization is provided to assure for the payment and the use of sufficient gel packs and insulation necessary to maintain quality and frozen delivery.  sales@otolithonline.com.

Overnight Shipments

Email sales@otolithonline.com or call 215-426-4266.  Your order request will be returned within 72 hours.  Orders placed Monday-Thursday will ship the following week on Thursday.  Orders placed by Friday-Sunday will ship on the first available Thursday.  All fish deliveries arrive the next day or overnight and are packaged by Otolith to arrive frozen.  You may request a specific future Thursday shipment date to assure the arrival of your fish on the Friday of your convenience.  You may designate a shipping preference for either Fed Ex or UPS.  Additional overnight shipping charges shall apply.

Overnight Shipping Charges

Shipping charges are calculated using the least expense overnight guaranteed ground service or air freight service available plus a $5 handling fee.  The $5 handling fee will be waived for any CSS member’s purchase to be shipped overnight delivery. When additional packaging is required to maintain frozen seafood quality then additional packaging charges may be applied for insulation, special packaging and/or boxes.

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Please refer to Otolith’s Terms for all transactions pertaining to buying, selling, packing and delivering seafood for our customers.  Otolith guarantees the quality and service of our seafood.  Otolith’s product and service guarantees are posted on web page Otolith Terms at  https://www.otolithonline.com/terms/