How to Cut & Prep Baby Octopus

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Cutting and prepping a baby octopus is a process that begins with a pot of simmering water. Cut and prepare a baby octopus with help from an award-winning chef from Vermont in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Gabe Thompson. I'm the chef of Epicurean Group, which is Dell' Anima, L'Artusi, Anfora, L'Apicio and Epicurean events. I'm going to show you how to cut and prep octopus but first I need to show you how to braise it. You can't cook it, you can't prep it without braising it. So I've got red wine. I've got mirepoix, carrots, onion, celery. I've got some lemon and some orange, salt, pepper and bay leaf. We're going to throw all these guys in a pot and we're going to simmer it for about an hour and a half to two hours and then when it comes up to a boil I'm going to turn it down on a low low simmer. Octopus lose about 50% of their weight after they are cooked. So what you're going to get is you're always going to get about half your yield. So what you are looking for for them to be done is that where they connect right here and it pulls apart easily and then when you squeeze it at the legs, that it feels tender but still firm. If it feels hollow or mushy, it's been overcooked. So everything you are doing here you can do by hand. I usually pull the head off and I keep the very top of the head but I like to get all the stuff out of it and then the octopus just kind of pulls apart real easily. There's a beak in here and this is their mouth. You want to make sure you get rid of that and for the tentacles you just kind of want to pull all this little skin off but you want as much of the tentacle, the suckers to stay on as possible. You can get them off if you want to but I like leaving them on. So I just kind of peel it back a little bit like that. It just peels right off. And here is your cleaned octopus.

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