Monday, June 21, 2010

Fresh isn’t Frozen

When you live in the middle of the country, as far away from the ocean as you can get on all sides, getting fresh seafood is rare and extremely expensive. My husband, however, knows that my favorite seafood of all times is king crab legs but living where we do makes it quite difficult to have them except for maybe once a year. That was before he found an online site where he can order fresh seafood and have it delivered the next day. He was very surprised to find that the prices work out to be less than what we pay at a restaurant for the same meal.

He has made it a point to order either the king or fresh Dungeness crab at least once a month. We used to have a fancy date night once a month where we would go out and eat and then to a show. Now we stay at home and have fresh seafood and rent a movie. We figured the cost and found that we are actually saving money by staying home and ordering the seafood in rather than going out for the night.

We enjoy the crab but we also like the salmon fillet just as much. Most of the time we will order a fillet to throw on the grill to have as an appetizer before the crab is done. We’ve also gotten shrimp, clams, and scallops; all of these have been excellent and very fresh. Nothing we’ve ever gotten has been frozen. That’s why I don’t ever buy seafood from the supermarket; they always freeze it which takes away from the taste. Fresh is certainly better and I can tell you, I have never been disappointed.

We decided a few months ago to forego our monthly seafood date and start saving for a dinner party for several of our family and friends. We picked a day in the summer and planned it to be a beach party. It will be like an old fashioned clam bake complete with king crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and much, much more. We called and talked to the company and asked if they would be able to deliver on a Saturday and they said they would. The guarantee next day delivery so I feel quite confident I will be ok to have the order delivered the day of the party. It doesn’t get much fresher than that unless you are catching it yourself.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

King Crab Legs -- The Perfect Gift

What do you get somebody who has everything? This was the question I asked myself when it came time to get my parent’s Christmas or birthday gifts; they have everything they need and most everything they want. That’s when I started giving them fresh seafood as gifts and I can promise you it makes them very happy. For their anniversary this year I had king crab legs sent to them, along with a nice bottle of wine. They got a great deal of enjoyment out of it and were very thankful.

My parents grew up near the ocean. Now that they live in Kentucky fresh seafood is rare and it’s been quite a while since my parents have been able to enjoy fresh seafood. Once I found the perfect online site to send fresh seafood I never have to worry about what to get them for special occasions. The king crab legs I sent for their anniversary was as fresh as if my dad had caught it himself.

Both my parents have birthdays in May so this year my brothers and I went together to provide a huge feast for not only my parents but for the whole family. We ordered a variety of seafood such as clams, oysters, shrimp, and king crab legs. It was an amazing dinner and one I hope to repeat next year, if not sooner. Everything we ordered came to us fresh and useable. I was a bit worried about the oysters but none of them were spoiled and they tasted as fresh as if we bought them off the dock.

It’s often difficult to find quality seafood at prices that don’t take a second mortgage on your house. To find the best place to order from you really have to do a lot of research and then talk to the places personally by phone. If they don’t have a number you can call them at I don’t suggest you order from them. It’s important to find out if they guarantee their orders. What I mean is if you order fresh dungeness crab it should arrive fresh and if it doesn't they should offer your money back. Sometimes delays happen but when you are talking about fresh seafood, delays are disaster. Where I get my seafood from, they guarantee fresh delivery no matter what the reason.