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I bought two very fresh squid that were good size, about a foot long. I learned how to clean them half a lifetime ago, and am not generally squeamish. I picked up the first one, noticing that it was heavy – good, I thought, as I pulled out the head. I grabbed the end of the quill and tugged – along with it came a 2” fish, then another…and another… All told, 8 of them, the smallest being only an inch long. They were all in good shape – Signore Calamari must just have finished his banquet when he met his maker. I’ll admit to a total of 5 heebies and at least 3 jeebies! His fellow victim hadn’t eaten, fortunately. Does this happen often? I used to make squid about once a week but it’s been decades – they started selling them cleaned, and they didn’t seem as fresh. Also, I like the tentacles and sometimes the cleaned ones are sans tentacles. I have never before seen a squid who took his last supper along to the great aquarium in the sky. By the way, to maintain my frugality cred, after cooking the meal I added the heads and the fishies to the pan and cooked them for my old dog, who enjoyed the bonus.
By greygarious on Apr 16, 2011 01:44PM
That sounds interesting. Never had the pleasure of fish in squid, but I did have shrimp in sardines. About 2 years ago, I grilled whole sardines and found two of them having engorged stomachs. Lo and behold, they were full of tiny shrimp about 1/4 inch long. They were very tasty, but alas, I haven’t found any like this since
By porker on Apr 18, 2011 11:57AM