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Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by lamibill, Nov 7, 2013.
How do you get octopus tender?
Introduce him an octopus female.
Mario Batali told me to simmer a long time with a wine cork. It works. Apparently this is an old Italian/Greek tradition. I haven't tried simmering a long time without a wine cork so I don't really know if this is an old wive's tale or not.
REAL cork, not synthetic corks so prevalent these days.
Haven't done any octopus for a while, I think last time was baby ones in a seafood quiche.
It depends on what level of tenderness you're looking for. My own personal taste likes octopus to be al dente, tender enough to chew easily but with enough firmness that it does not fall apart. My favorite preparation is to throw it in my dutch oven with lots of onion, garlic and chili flakes. Cover and let it slowly simmer in its own juices for 60-90min. I do not add water. I do not add cork.
Long ago a member here from Greece stated that once brought to shore, the octopus was cleaned and beaten on a large rock to tenderize.
That was probably me. I used to go snorkeling for small octopus when I was a kid and when we brought it to shore we'd throw it against a rock repeatedly to tenderize. Then we'd hang it on a clothesline and let it sundry.
I thought that it was someone else who had been promoting some evoo here. Ahhhh, now I remember his name, Papa.
What, you mean I'm not the only Greek in the world?
My ex is half Greek and half French!!!!! A freek! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/laser.gif/img/vbsmilies/smilies/mullet.gif
Poor octopus , not only was he removed from the sea , then gets beaten on a rock. <_<
What we do for good food.
The brain contains no nerves that transmit pain. S'alright therefore!
I know this is a squid , but whatever.
Now i got curious as to if the same thing an happen with an octopus.
As to what i understand , but cutting the top part of its head , then pouring soy sauce on it , the salt in the sauce reacts with the nerves in its brain , causing body movement even though the creature is dead. Its sick i know <_<
Well, at least there's an osmotic change occurring at the brain with the addition of concentrated salt solution! The salts contained in the soy will affect how the ions migrate across the cerebral pores. Kinda' like a Zap Comic Book, a real french kiss for both of those cerebral hemispheres that humans and primates sport.
Octopus is big in our household. At one stage we had a washing machine just for the occy - wouldn't let OH use the "real" washing machine. Anyway it swished around and produced the same effect as belting on the rocks. I steered clear I must admit but It did work and no, I'm not joking!
But beating it against a rock is the fun part!!
You took all the joy out of it.
Now ill admit that sounded cruel.
Can´t believe i was a vegetarian during my teen years.
This - as shown to me by Greeks decades ago in Detroit. Frozen octopus will be tenderized already.