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The freshest abalone is stored on ice, still in the shell; abalone should not smell fishy. Keep abalone cool on the trip from the market to your house.


Fresh California red abalone is the variety most generally available, along with the smaller green, pink, and black abalone. Abalone is sold live or frozen in the shell, as ready-to eat fresh or frozen pounded steaks, or canned.

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