Proton-Frozen Wild Pacific Ahi Belly (Chutoro)
This product is available during these seasons:
The term chutoro refers to the belly area of a tuna along the side of the fish between the akami (red meat) and the toro (pink fatty tuna). It is a medium fatty cut of tuna that is often preferred because it is fatty, but not as rich as toro which is the fattiest part of the fish.
Landed in San Diego, our Eastern Pacific ahi includes bigeye and yellowfin and is one of the few tuna options on the market today that is considered a green-rated “Best Choice” or a yellow-rated “Good Alternative”. We receive this tuna direct from local fishermen, cut chutoro portions in house and place them in our own Proton freezer at the peak of freshness.
Proton-freezing our wild Eastern Pacific ahi chutoro maintains its sashimi quality. This quick-freeze technology combines evenly distributed electromagnetic waves and cold air to reduce ice crystal formation and cell membrane damage. As a result, taste and texture are preserved naturally, without any additives or chemicals. Color is also comparable to fresh if fish is properly stored and defrosted.*
*Certain species, like tuna, naturally turn brown once exposed to air or if stored in a traditional freezer. Proton freezing technology slows this process but does not prevent it. For best results, we recommend placing proton frozen tuna in the coldest part of your freezer and storing for no more than 7 days. When ready to eat, slowly defrost in refrigerator and consume within same 24 hours.