Worth shipping seafood from Seattle?

Oct 9th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Worth shipping seafood from Seattle?

Hi everyone... my sister (the farmer) has decided to accompany me to Seattle this week! Yay! I am so excited to have her tag along on business trips, we have so much fun together!
Ok… she is wondering if anyone out there has ever packed fresh seafood to bring home on the plane. This Friday we can go to whatever market has the best seafood and get whatever seafood she wants. Our flight back to DFW is at 5pm, arriving at 1030p and then she has a 3 hour drive back to the farm. That means the seafood will be without refrigeration for about 15 hours. Is dry ice an option? Do the sellers offer to pack it in dry ice for you for a fee?
We thought about taking a collapsible ice chest to use… would that work?
My sister lives a million miles from nowhere. No gourmet stores within 2.5 hours! Imagine!
I assume that she is not looking for something incredibly rare and she is not looking for anything to eat raw/rare… she just wants something fresh and better than what she normally has access to.
I find the flash frozen fish sold at Sam’s to be just fine for my taste.
Would this fish be much different?
Any ideas or comments?
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Oct 9th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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All the fish merchants at the Pike Place Market will pack fish in dry ice for flying; they do it all the time and it's not a big deal. There are some specialty fish markets (University Seafood and Poultry in the U District and Wild Salmon at Fishermen's Terminal being my two faves) that will also pack for shipping, as will (I imagine) most high-end markets like Whole Foods. There will be a charge for the packing, but nothing onerous.

Is it worth it? I would certainly think so. Try fresh halibut. Also, fresh (cooked) Dungeness crab travels pretty well - a couple of cracked cold crabs, big salad, crusty bread, maybe some nice berry cobler for dessert... your basic Seattle "company's coming" dinner - is easily assembled for shipping.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 02:30 PM
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I havent used them, but I have shipped fish and look forward to trying this place.

I realize this doesn't answer you question, but I would much prefer to have fresh fish fromt the docks shipped directly to me than travel with it. Who wants to make an amazing fish dinner after a long flight and drive home. Fresher flying the fish in on its own and planning a wonderful meal.
Oct 9th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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Gardyloo's got it covered. I haven't done it since I live here, but all the fish vendors at Pike Place are prepared to pack in dry ice. I don't know what they charge.

So her fish wouldn't be without refrigeration at all. (For the record I don't think fresh fish without refrigeration for 15 hours is a very good idea -LOL!). Suze in Seattle
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Oct 9th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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Are you sure it's OK to fly with dry ice?
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Oct 9th, 2006, 03:06 PM
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Shipping companies (Fed EX, UPS, etc) transport containers with dry ice. I don't know about 'regular' passengers checking such baggage, but surely the vendors who do such packing would not continue to do it if their customers were not able check the bags. Unless they are packing it for shipping via one of these carriers.

(We had salmon shipped from Alaska a couple of years ago. The co. called one day about 11 AM before they sent it on its way to verify that someone would be home next day to accept delivery. In less than 24 hours, it arrived at our doorstep, Fedex I think, packed in dry ice and frozen solid.)

As always, there is nothing so permanent as change, but about one month after 9/11 hubby and I were flying and needed to take a cooler with us (that's a story in itself...just go with me on this one ). Well...DH packed so meticulously and then exercised all his boy scout skills tying rope around cooler to keep it from popping open while being tossed around by baggage handlers. You guessed it! First thing ticket agent wanted us to do upon check-in was open the cooler to see if there was dry ice in it!
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Oct 9th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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You know... I have a FedEx account and wonder if it might be easier to just take it somewhere and ship it.
It would be at her house within 24 hours... 10 hours longer than if she took it with her.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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Oh...PS... thanks for all the great info so far!
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FYI - some airlines will not let you ship anything packed in dry ice while others restrict the amount you may use so you should check first with airline other wise you rick having to remove the dry ice before it is brought on the plane. Dry ice is restricted because it gives off lagre amount of carbon dioxide as it evaporates. This, of course, could have an adverse affect on the breathable air in the airplane while it is in flight. You can, however, use frozen "blue ice packs" in place of dry ice without any problem.

In response to polyvw - Fed-Ex and UPS do ship containers with dry ice but they are using there own planes and don't carry passengers. Commercial airlines operate under different regulations because they carry passengers. You can't equate the two.
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TxTravelPro--you definitely can ship it FedEx. We send fresh Copper River salmon to family in Ohio every June when they are in season. We buy it at Mutual Fish and they pack it to ship, and send it FedEx. It arrives the next morning.

They do pack it in dry ice so that is why I was wondering, as I had heard that airlines restrict the amount passengers can use.

If you want to carry it yourself in an ice chest, regular ice would keep it cold for the 15 hours, so long as the ice chest is sealed up.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 05:32 PM
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FYI the vendors at Pike Market do NOT use dry ice. Dry ice is not permitted on planes. They use sealed plastic packs. I have not heard of any problems with these not being allowed on planes, though you may want to check with your airline to be certain.
The fishmongers have boxes designed especially for touristis to transport fresh seafood. I have done this several times; it is not cheap but it is delicious. We actually are able to get some pretty good seafood here in northern Mexico (Central Market, especially) but it is still a treat.
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A Traveler, that's what I was trying to say. FedEx and UPS can do it, but I don't know about commercial passenger planes, ie, the example of my husband's problem with the 'all tied up' cooler.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 05:55 PM
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Seamus... y'all have Central Market in Mexico??? Is it the same as my beloved HEB Central Market?
If so, I am surprised they have locations in Northern Mexico!
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Oct 9th, 2006, 05:57 PM
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Yikes... I just got this off the AA website:

4.4 pounds/ 2 kilograms or less for packing perishables may be carried on board an aircraft in a hard plastic or heavy gauge Styrofoam container, provided the package is vented. Ticket or gate agent must be advised, and a $40 USD/$54 CAD fee (one-way) applies.

Damn easier and cheaper to ship via FedEx!
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Oct 9th, 2006, 06:31 PM
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I live in Seattle; we are blessed with great seafood.

However, if those who live in remote places want great seafood, I belive there may be better ways to get it than to have it shipped from a seafood vendor in Pike Place Market.

I don't know what those sources are; I haven't done the research`. But when I want good fish, I don't have to go to Pike Place Market to get it.
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I grew up in Seattle: so I miss my fresh fish!
I have done both: buy fresh fish at Pure Food Fish MArket Pike Place and ship it Fed Ex to my home
Or wait until I get home and call them/ or place an order via website and have it sent Fed Ex to me. I have my own Fed Ex account and they generously let me use my own acct # for discount.

I have Never been disappointed.

Just an FYi Pike Palce MArket near teh NOrth side has a smoked salmon place Totem Smokehouse that you can buy very nice canned salmon. FAbulous to make smoked salmon chowder.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Pike Place shopping:

DeLAurenti: best gourmet shop in town.

Three girls BAkery: great bread etc

Sotto Voce;;great flavoreed olive oil and vinegars

Chukar Cheries: dried cherries, jams

Le Buona Tavola: Truffle oil

You can buy some fruit, and goodies for a picnic....colect busines cards so you can mail order later too.

BTW Etta's a very nice restarant is at th North end of the Pike place for lunch or dinner ....Lowells is great fo breakfast...watch the parling tickets tho...better to park in the garage.

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TXTravPro -
We have the second Central market ever opened here in San Antonio (first was in Austin).
And the regs you found refer, I believe, to dry ice - which is NOT what they use to pack your fish at Pike Market. Dry ice does not melt into a liquid, it evaporates into gas (thus the need for the venting in the packaging and the restriction on the anount you can carry on board.) What they use to keep you purchase chilled is frozen gel packs - not unlike the things you may have in your freezer for first aid purposes or for use in your own picnic coolers. In fact, we have several that we got with seafood packed at Pike Market and still use. Many prople confuse the two, asuuming that because the sealed packs don't leak they are "dry", but there is a huge difference chemically and there is no special fee imposed by the airline for the packs.
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" We actually are able to get some pretty good seafood here in northern Mexico (Central Market, especially) but it is still a treat."
LOL, I finally get it.
I live in Northern Mexico too!
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