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April 19, 2015
Cooking and Cleaning Octopus

You can find octopus at your local fish market. These octopuses are usually defrosted and have already been clean. But if you should need to clean them, turn the sac inside out without detaching it. Scrape out everything from the sac and turn it right side out. Remove both eyes by cutting them out in a wedge shape with a small, sharp knife. Turn the octopus over and feel at the center of the tentacles for the “beaks,” a pair of hard, round spheres located behind the mouth area. Press from behind with your thumbs to push the beaks. I like to braise my octopus and sometimes I add a secret ingredient. If you put a wine cork in a pot while the octopus cooks, the enzymes in the cork will tenderize the octopus. I know of no scientific documentation on why this works, but I know it does. Cook the octopus until the thins of a fork easily penetrate the thickest part of the octopus. Be careful not to overcook it as octopus tends to gets tough when overcooked.