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Old 01-13-2006, 06:38 PM   #1
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Where to buy squid?

Where in the world would a peson find squid tubes and tenacles to make calamari? I want to have sushi and calamari and find some other things Japanese, I know calamari isn't really Japanese, but it's what I ate at the Japenese place. I just don't remember what else there was.

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We've bought it a Safeway many times.
It's frozen but...still it's pretty good.
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:14 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, Safeway was taken from us. Most of the North Texas ones were closed. I guess I can look at Walmart tomorrow.
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:18 PM   #4
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Call them first and save yourself a trip.
And some cash too. I swear everytime we go to wallmart to "save" money
we find so many dang deals that we just keep on buying.
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:33 PM   #5
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Hey Neighbor!

I just called Central Market here in Ft Worth...they have FRESH Squid!
Tube Squid is $8.99 lb and Tentacles for $6.99 lb
Not sure where you are, but there are Locations in Dallas too....hoping ones by you...I love this Store! here's the Link: http://www.centralmarket.com/cm/cmLocation.jsp#WFree
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:46 PM   #6
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Ahh TexasT. Do you know where Lake Tawakoni is? We're in the middle of no where southeast of Greenville. We don't have anything out here like that. Thank you though!! If I get out into Dallas when I see my Mammaw, I'll have to go by there.
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:39 PM   #7
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I know a sushi grade distribution center around Chicago. They have what youre looking for, for around $2/lb. If youre interested give me a PM.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:12 PM   #8
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Any supermarket with a fish dept. or a fish market that doesn't have squid will order it for you. Just ask.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:31 AM   #9
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Look in the frozen seafood section as someone

else mentioned. Do you have HEB? What do you have?
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Old 01-14-2006, 02:24 PM   #10
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Where in the world would a peson find squid tubes and tenacles to make calamari? I want to have sushi and calamari and find some other things Japanese, I know calamari isn't really Japanese, but it's what I ate at the Japenese place. I just don't remember what else there was.
Okay, just to state the obvious to make sure we are using the same terms:

Calamari IS squid - the name is Italian and the name is used with variations in spelling throughout the Mediterranean region. In Japanese it is Ika.

Sushi is a style of preparation of a dish - with recipe variations which may or may not include raw seafood.

You may be able to get the already cleaned and frozen whole squid body tubes and tenticles (they come as seperate items) from your Wal-Mart Supercenter. Not all stores carry the same things "in store" - and if they can order them for you will depend on what is available from their warehouse. If you don't find them either in the "thawed" seafood case or the frozen section - ask the manager of the meat/seafood department if they can order them for you.

As Gretchen and Andy M. noted - any other store with a seafood counter should also be able to help you.
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Old 01-14-2006, 02:28 PM   #11
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Yes, I know that calamari is squid. I found it at Walmart. I just can't find any of the stuff to make sushi now. Not even the rice or nori. I hate living down here!
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There's lots of room in Seattle TG.
You're more than welcome to come live here!!
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Old 01-14-2006, 03:11 PM   #13
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Oh boy, my aunt would love that!! She is in Spokane.
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Yes, I know that calamari is squid. I found it at Walmart. I just can't find any of the stuff to make sushi now. Not even the rice or nori. I hate living down here!
I'm sorry - I thought your question was, "Where in the world would a peson find squid tubes and tenacles to make calamari?"

If you don't have an Asian market in your area you can sometimes find the "other stuff" to make sushi on the "Ethnic Foods" isle of your grocery store. If not, then it's going to be "mail order" time. There are many places online that sell sushi making kits and supplies.

There is also plenty of help online if you need sushi recipes. Some of them list sources for supplies.
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:02 PM   #15
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I'm sorry Michael, I meant to say, fried calamari. I know that squid IS calamari,but, was meaning to specify what KIND of calamari My fault. Thanks for everyones replys!!
I might be able to find all the sushi stuff in Rockwall. I'll have to look around.
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Old 01-21-2006, 12:49 PM   #16
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Okay, now what do I do? I have no idea how many are in here, I'm sure too much, It's 2 1/2 lbs. Is there anyway to separate them still frozen and thaw how much I want and freeze the rest? Do I just thaw them in the frig? Do I use just the tubes?
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:31 PM   #17
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Squid can be caught here in the Puget Sound and is in November thru January. I've had it cooked with 10 minutes of pulling it onto the boat and frozen. I can not tell the difference.Raw squid is pretty mild so I actually like it sautéed in butter. If you overcook it you'll think you have a mouth full of Office Max rubber bands. The point was that your local butcher should be able to order in a 5 # box for you without much trouble.
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:32 PM   #18
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Is there anyway to separate them still frozen and thaw how much I want and freeze the rest? Do I just thaw them in the frig?
One way is to remove them from the bag and run cold tap water over them for about 5-minutes (to melt the ice holding them together) and then break them apart (one way is to lay them over a rolling pin - the squids parallel to the rolling pin - and press down on the ends to break them apart) and immediately bag, tag, and toss the portion you want to keep frozen into the freezer. The remainder you can allow to finish thawing overnight in the refrigerator.

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Do I use just the tubes?
That totally depends on your recipe, or preference.
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:29 PM   #19
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Whole Foods generally has them fresh but Texas is a big state and there may not be one near you. THe frozen will prolly taste just fine! enjoy
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