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Old 07-08-2013, 03:15 PM   #21
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Oh... or perhaps I could be wrong and schooling thought calamari was octopus. HA!

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Calamari is not octopus though......
True that calamari refers to squid - they are differently shaped cephalopods than octopus but there is not much difference, if any, in the taste.

I generally don't buy squid from fish counters because they are sold by weight and about half the weight of a squid is inedible material (cartilage), whereas an octopus is about 99% edible. The price per weight for the two is often exactly the same, so in my opinion it's never worth it to buy whole squid.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:19 PM   #23
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Grilled some baby octopi done in a Thai marinade last weekend. Delicious.

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:36 PM   #24
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Grilled some baby octopi done in a Thai marinade last weekend. Delicious.
They look just like the ones I buy from Lidl. I've got an entire drawer of my standing freezer full of them now!

A friend of mine got pretty upset with me for buying the baby ones, but they only come to Lidl once a year and they are sold out on the first day anyway - if I get there too late, the local Greek restaurants have already snatched them all up.

No need to put the little ones onto skewers - straight onto the grill.

Thinking about grilling some octopus now... might need to run to the store and get a bottle of Ouzo ;-)
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:32 AM   #25
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I can get baby octopai frozen in a seafood medley here. I haven't gotten around to trying that particular blend yet, but I most certainly will; and soon.

I think it'll actually be better than the blend with mussels cuz I won't have to check for shell fragments & the entire weight will be edible. Not as good as fresh, but it's what we have here in MT.
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EDIT: Out of curiosity, have you ever tried smoking octopus? I've had smoked squid & it's pretty tasty, seems like it would work with octopai too.
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I think it'll actually be better than the blend with mussels cuz I won't have to check for shell fragments & the entire weight will be edible. Not as good as fresh, but it's what we have here in MT.
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EDIT: Out of curiosity, have you ever tried smoking octopus? I've had smoked squid & it's pretty tasty, seems like it would work with octopai too.
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Actually there is no difference between frozen and fresh octopus. Octopus is a strange device, but the flesh really does not suffer at all from being frozen. If there was ever a creature that could be frozen alive and brought back to life, octopus would probably be it.

Never tried smoking, but I've bought dried squid with chili powder from a vietnamese food store. It's a tasty snack.
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Smoked octopus? I'll give that a shot.

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The Sushi Hana place in downtown Missoula has what they call Ika Sensei; smoked squid salad & it's pretty tasty. I'll get an order of that to go with ikura & unagi to start, after that I'll be working on the nigiri platter called chotokusen. Such food makes me very happy.
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never tried it. a supermarket around here has on sale this week: "baby octopus - clean, previously frozen" for $2.99/lb

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I'm a huge fan of octopus and grill it whenever I can. Naturally, it goes good with some freshly made greek salad and cold bottle or two of Retsina (a very unique type of greek wine).

Anybody else here like octopus?
where do you get a whole octopus like that
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