Calamari - a family favorite!
Have you ever driven down Highway 1 at night and noticed a fleet of boats shining bright spotlights on the water? This a technique used by fishermen to attract squids into their nets!
Fresh Market Squid has a long held tradition here in the Bay Area, the fishery opened in 1860 and once the sardine canneries closed in the 1960's most of the focus in Monterey was shifted towards squid. Once known as "the poor man's abalone" we treasure squid as a easy, delicious, nutritious, and sustainable catch that can be enjoyed in countless ways while in season.
Squid are fascinating creatures!
They are cephalopods with eight arms and two feeding tentacles (making them decapods)
Every squid has three hearts.
Some cephalopod ink contains the chemical dopamine, the neurotransmitter that, in human brains, produces the sensation of euphoria. (Scientists don't yet know what role dopamine plays in the squid world, though.) ....no wonder we love squid ink pasta so much!!
Messy but worth it!
Processing whole squid is not for the faint of heart, but it sure does pay off! The majority of squid served at restaurants has been previously frozen because of their very short shelf life. Our squid are picked up from Monterey and delivered within 24 hours, so you know you are always getting the best!
How to clean squid & harvest the ink
This is a great video from Instructables that will help explain how to clean these squid -and harvest their ink!
Check out our recipes soon!
Stay tuned for our recipes we'll be updating them in the next week! Check your email for a copy if you need some inspiration!
Why does my Squid come whole?
To make squid a sustainable option we do not process our squid. While cleaning squid can be an easy and enjoyable task for a single serving once you have to clean over 100 lbs it becomes more of a project and dramatically increases the final cost of the product.
Much of the local catch — 90 percent of the 230 million pounds landed each season along the California coast — is frozen, shipped to China, unfrozen, processed, refrozen, packaged and sent back to the United States as part of a 12,000-mile journey that leaves one giant carbon footprint. It is genuine California squid, and cheaper and convenient, but the process doesn’t score high in the categories of freshness and sustainability. Many local restaurants, along with most of the country, are using Monterey Bay squid processed in Asia.
Here at FreshCatch we hope we can make a difference by keeping our squid fresh and local always. We recognize that here in California it will never be economically possible to process our squid and keep the cost down to compete with grocery stores that sell squid processed out of the country. We hope that our members understand and support this decision and enjoy having the whole squids so they can utilize every part!
- Squid contain sufficient copper that fulfills the 90% of the body’s requirement. Copper, being a trace mineral, is essential for absorbing, storing and metabolizing iron and stimulating the formation of red blood cells.
- Individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are often found to have low selenium levels in their blood. Since squid have an abundance of this mineral, it helps in relieving symptoms of arthritis and controlling damage caused by free radicals..
- Frequency and duration of migraines are lowered due to the presence of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in plentiful quantities, in squid. Research indicates that riboflavin supplements are a good remedy for the prevention of migraines.
- Squid contain large amounts of phosphorus, similar to fish and shrimps. This mineral is necessary for stimulating calcium and building the bones and teeth.
- A great source of vitamin B12, squids are known to lower homocystein levels in the body, which can otherwise increase the rate of strokes and heart attacks.
- Squid help in stabilizing sugar levels in the blood due to an increased supply of vitamin B3 to the body.
- Deficiency of zinc can lead to a range of infectious organisms damaging the body. However, squid which are rich in this component strengthen the immune system.
What about the guts?
Toss em! Unfortunately Squid guts do not make for great stock like crabs. You can compost the guts and put them in your garden for a rich nutrient boost!
How is it caught?
Our squid are caught using a purse seine. Purse seining establishes a large wall of netting to encircle schools of squid. Fishermen pull the bottom of the netting closed—like a drawstring purse—to herd squid into the center. This method is used to catch species that gather to spawn, such as squid or schooling fish, such as sardines. There are several types of purse seines and our fishermen always use the most sustainable equipment possible, reducing by catch to nearly zero.
How old are these guys?
Squid have short life spans - usually only 9-11 months. Scientists often call them "weeds of the sea" due to their ability to quickly grow, reproduce, and withstand high levels of fishing pressure. Not only that but squid seem to be digging these warmer waters and their population is reported to be increasing.