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Old 08-13-2015, 08:34 AM   #1
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I've heard folks describe their Home made Scallop openers and cleaning tools and can't quite wrap my head around how to make one. Can someone describe their "go to" tools and maybe post a photo or two???

I don't want to end up with something that looks like a Heroin Spoon or a Prison Shank...................lol
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:44 AM   #2
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my deter scallop cleaning knife has always been perfect for me . $10
I usually like to try to build things myself but no need to improve on it.
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Well, we cheat I guess. Toss them in a cooler, cover with water and ice. sit back and have a cold beer or two. The scallops open up, and the only tool I have ever used is a small kitchen spoon. I took my dremel and made the edges of the spoon part fairly sharp, and the handle squared off and a bit sharp too. the handle will finish popping the shell open as need be, and the spoon part makes it easier to scoop the meat out and toss it into a bowl.
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small wet/dry vacuum will suck the snot out quick.
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I'm sure a specially purposed knife is best for cleaning scallops.
But when I caught some bay scallops I just used my tiny Swiss Army knife and did fine cleaning them with that.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:27 AM   #6
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I just use a Dexter Russell scallop knife. They have a rounded, thinner, more flexible blade than an oyster knife.
I would just open it up a little and stick my thumb in between the shells to hold it open and then cut the mussel. Then put the meat in a tupperware bowl and stick in the cooler. Take some waterproof medical tape to tape up your hands where they get chafed.
Back when scallops were plentiful at Fort McCree in the mid to late 80s, we used to slay them. They were thick. 3 of us used to go and we would be back at the house by noon with 1.5 gallons shucked.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:14 PM   #9
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My personal favorite scallop cleaner is one of those cheap paring knives you can get like 4 for $10. You want a 2-3 inch flimsy blade to easily open the shells. I've never cared for spoons because they aren't thin enough to open them up if they are being ornery. The dexter scallop knives are great too I have a couple of them, for like $10 they are a good deal.
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oyster knife, shop vac and an ice cream scooper
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