Nitrogen Freezing Seafood - Why It's So Important - Maine Lobster Now

Nitrogen Freezing Seafood - Why It's So Important

Jun 17, 2024Hunter Ebling

The Science and Benefits of Nitrogen Freezing at Maine Lobster Now

At Maine Lobster Now, we're committed to delivering the highest quality seafood to your table. To ensure our frozen lobster, fish, scallops, and steaks meet our exceptional standards, we've invested in a state-of-the-art nitrogen freezing tunnel. This cutting-edge technology allows us to freeze our products at temperatures as low as -160°F, ensuring superior freshness and quality.

Nitrogen Freezing: An Advanced Approach to Food Preservation

Nitrogen freezing, also known as cryogenic or flash freezing, entails rapidly reducing the temperature of food to extremely low levels using liquid nitrogen. In the image above, you can see some of our Icelandic Haddocks Fillets being meticulously frozen for peak freshness. This sophisticated process offers several scientific advantages:

  1. Expedited Cryogenic Freezing: By swiftly lowering the temperature, nitrogen freezing minimizes the duration food remains in the thermal range conducive to bacterial proliferation. The rapidity of the freezing process curtails the formation and growth of ice crystals, which is paramount for preserving the quality of the food.
  2. Microcrystalline Formation: Conventional freezing techniques can engender large ice crystals that compromise the cellular architecture of food. Nitrogen freezing generates minuscule ice crystals, thereby conserving the texture and structural integrity of the product. The diminutive size of these ice crystals mitigates damage to cell walls, ensuring the food retains its original texture and juiciness.
  3. Mitigated Dehydration: The accelerated freezing process significantly reduces dehydration and the risk of freezer burn, which are common with slower freezing methods. This preservation of moisture content ensures the food remains succulent and flavorful.
  4. Inert and Safe Medium: Nitrogen is an inert gas, meaning it does not chemically react with the food. It is also non-toxic and safe, guaranteeing that the flavor and safety of the food remain uncompromised during the freezing process.
  5. Preserved Nutritional Integrity: The rapid freezing method locks in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, maintaining the nutritional value of the food. Cryogenic freezing preserves the food’s nutrients more effectively than traditional methods, offering a healthier option for consumers.

Advantages of Nitrogen Freezing for Food Products

Utilizing our nitrogen freezing tunnel provides myriad benefits for our seafood and other products:

  • Preserved Freshness: By freezing our products immediately upon receipt, we capture their peak freshness, ensuring you receive seafood that tastes as if it were just caught.
  • Superior Organoleptic Properties: The formation of small ice crystals maintains the natural texture and flavor of our products. This preservation is evident in every bite.
  • Prolonged Shelf Life: Nitrogen freezing markedly extends the shelf life of our seafood by inhibiting bacterial growth and spoilage.
  • Enhanced Visual Appeal: The rapid freezing process helps retain the natural color and appearance of our products, enhancing their aesthetic appeal.
  • Consistent Quality: Nitrogen freezing enables uniform and consistent freezing of products, ensuring each piece of seafood or steak meets our exacting standards.
Cryogenic Freezing Cell Diagram

In-House Production of Superior Lobster Products at Maine Lobster Now

At Maine Lobster Now, we pride ourselves on the in-house production of both fresh and frozen lobster products. A cornerstone of our specialty lies in the meticulous processing of our lobster tails and frozen lobster meat, employing advanced nitrogen freezing techniques. This ensures our products maintain their peak freshness, taste, and nutritional value.

By subjecting the lobster tails and meat to nitrogen freezing immediately after processing, we effectively lock in their succulent flavor and firm texture, delivering an unparalleled lobster experience to our customers. As pride ourselves in being able to provide  Fresh Lobster Meat  no matter the season, we never stop lobster production, no matter the cost. Our production is a year-round endeavor, we strategically increase output during the summer months when lobster prices are lower, following traditional market trends. This allows us to optimize production and maintain a robust inventory. Not to mention, allows us to provide our customers with lobster tails from 3oz in size, all the way up to 32+ oz. 

Each day, we undertake the butchering, cooking, picking, and freezing of various lobster components to sustain the diverse offerings in our product catalog. Our nitrogen freezing tunnel not only facilitates the production of premium lobster tails and frozen lobster meat but also allows us to uphold stringent quality standards. By handling production in-house, we can meticulously select only the finest lobster tails for sale, ensuring the highest quality for our customers. Additionally, we offer discount bundles, such as the Broken Tail "Cull" Pack - 3 lbs, at reduced prices for tails that may not meet our visual standards but still provide excellent taste and quality.

This commitment to excellence ensures that whether you purchase our fresh lobster meat or our expertly frozen lobster products, you receive only the best from Maine Lobster Now.


The Cost vs. Quality Ratio

Adopting nitrogen freezing technology incurs additional expenses due to the necessity of specialized equipment and the associated operational costs. Nevertheless, at Maine Lobster Now, we firmly believe that the advantages significantly outweigh these expenses. Here’s why:
  • Higher Quality: The quality of our nitrogen-frozen products is unparalleled. The superior taste, texture, and nutritional value justify the investment.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Our commitment to delivering the best possible product ensures customer satisfaction and loyalty. We believe in providing our customers with the finest seafood experience, and nitrogen freezing helps us achieve that goal.
At Maine Lobster Now, we prioritize quality above all else. Our investment in nitrogen freezing technology reflects our dedication to delivering the best frozen seafood available. Whether you're enjoying our Maine Lobster Tails, Dry Sea Scallops, or Black Angus Prime Steaks, we invite you to taste the difference for yourself and experience the exceptional quality of our nitrogen-frozen products.

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