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February 18, 2014
Octopus

Cooking freshly caught octopus can sometimes be tough. I remember the fishermen, including my uncle Emilio, when they returned from fishing and had caught some octopus, they would beat the octopus with a wooden mallet or against the sea rocks to render them tender. The defrosted octopus you buy at the fishmonger most likely has been tenderized, and will also be tenderized by the freezing process. Some of the best octopus I have found in the market comes from Puglia and Mexico and I like it when it is large and weighs about 2 pounds each. At this size, they are meaty and tender. And always make sure not to overcook the octopus.