I received it as a gift and would not have made it otherwise, as I realized if it was to be returned to the store it would most likely have been claimed out (thrown away.) I always assumed cooked squid is very different and is either known to be used for fish bait or deep-fried rings soaked in marinara. Octopus is something I would recommend experimenting with the canned versions like Vigo or Goya, which incidentally I just looked at on orders I made on Amazon, and I swear what Vigo previously labeled as octopus is being renamed as squid. They are related, and I suspect the "fresh octopus" might actually be slightly pre-cooked as well as it also has aspic and some kind of vinegar brine, and the cooking directions are for 2 minutes after applying oil and grilling on high heat (I used a cast iron grill pan after the 1 hour slow-cook with onion, etc. which had oil applied, and I swear that a Greek restaurant that cooked/cooks (it was nearly a decade ago) octopus uses lamb grease on a griddle, which probably just reheats the canned octopus.) I actually believe some of the canning companies were known to combine both squid and octopus together, and when cooked it kind of isn't easily distinguished apart, as they are similar.Spartan26 wrote: ↑Mon Jul 25, 2022 5:33 amHave you made this? I forget where I was, maybe Costco, and they had octopus. I knew I could come home and find recipes on teh internets, if I didn't already have recipes in books but I wasn't that curious to buy. I guess the cost didn't scream, "Oh man, try me!" I'm not sure what it normally runs for. I know I've had some in the past in restaurants but I couldn't remember it. I'm more reluctant to do something like that for just myself. I've had people over since the start of the pandemic fixing octo seems like more of a special occasion if not date move. At the time there was nothing. Like, I'd do it for a Super Bowl party or holiday party or even a movie night, though I'd want to show a film that'd have more of a octopus tie in. I think I had friends over to watch Jaws during its 40th year anniversary. Surprisingly, now that I think about it, I didn't serve shark. I don't know what I was thinking! I'm pretty sure I had Coors Light on hand when I had people over to watch Smokey and the Bandit. It's regular Coors that's featured in the film but honestly I can barely get that stuff down.
Anyway, is octopus really similar to calamari? I saw some of that at Costco. I have no doubt I could eat a ton of it but still a lot came in a package and without having set plans for people to come over, I didn't want to get any. Though I saw some recipes and sauces I want to try for it. Which, unless octo is cheaper, not sure why I'd go with it over squid?? Not saying one is better than the other, I have no idea. I guess if I'm gonna spend money on something "fancy", I'd prefer to go with what I know to work.
So similar that for the longest time they passed squid off as octopus.
A $5 million lawsuit claims Goya's canned octopus is actually squid
https://www.businessinsider.com/5-milli ... uid-2016-5
It really isn't too different, and the canned versions are still selling for $1.50-2.00 even after the lawsuit. I bought it around the time when I needed things like sardines and Wasa crackers, or even the meal replacement bars, neither of which I'm as inclined to get anymore, but the main distinction between the canned versions are that they do have a tang of metallic and ammonia.