Lent is just around the corner and a great category to feature is Cephalopods: Squid, Octopus and Cuttlefish. These seafood items are consumed across many different cultures and certainly represent an opportunity for both the buyer and the seller. In their frozen cleaned form, squid, octopus and cuttlefish are truly one of the best values in the seafood category as there is no waste, everything can be cooked.

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Squid is a very versatile seafood that is served in cuisines around the world. While most people are familiar with calamari rings, breaded and fried, squid is also great in pastas, salads and soups. The tentacles are delicious as well, though not everyone has a taste for them. Try sautéing squid in an infused olive oil and serve with chopped tomatoes and capers, or baking stuffed tubes. Squid can also be added to cioppinos or any seafood stew. Cook squid either very quickly (no more than 2 minutes) or slowly, at more moderate heat for about 20 minutes - or it becomes tough.


Octopuses are larger cephalopods similar to squid. It has several health benefits and can be prepared in various ways, making it a valuable addition to a balanced diet. It is a good source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin A and several B vitamins, as well as some omega-3 fatty acids. Octopus lives longer than squid, making them tougher and therefore a bit more tricky ...

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