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Wild Atlantic Calamari


12 oz packs, product of USA | Product #FCC202
Wild Atlantic Calamari
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  • Details

    Features

    • Tubes & crowns (tentacles) frozen together
    • Certified sustainable by MSC
    • Gluten-free
    • Product of USA

    Our calamari (squid) comes from the Northern Shortfin (llex Illecebrosus) fishery, which ranges from Maine to Virginia.

    It’s one of only two squid fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The squid are harvested using an “otter trawl”, which results in very little unintended capture of other seafood species or “by-catch”.

    The mild flavor and firm texture of calamari make it a great appetizer and a tasty addition to pasta, cioppino, paella, and seafood stews or soups. Click the Recipes and Serving/Care tabs for some great ideas!

  • Reviews

    Average Ratings: 4.5


    "Great choice." Wayne Losano on 11/13/2020 04:16 Review: The Vital Choice calamari was a great choice for us, fresher tasting than our usual source, reasonably priced, shipped as promised, well packaged, and all in all very fine.

    "Disappointed" Linda Kusiak on 10/30/2020 09:14 Review: Really disappointed with the calamari. Didn’t taste anything like what I’ve been eating all my life all over the Western Hemisphere. Like the taste had been bleached out. Won’t order again. Hello Linda, We are sorry to hear your disappointment with the Calamari. Our Customer Service Team will reach out to you shortly to discuss your order. The Vital Choice Team

    "Calamari...unbelievable" John Ferrandino on 10/24/2020 18:04 Review: Great quality

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  • Nutrition & Ingredients
    Ingredients:

    Atlantic Calamari [Squid] (Illex Illecebrosus)


    Nutrition Facts
    Atlantic Calamari - 12oz.
    Serving Size 3oz (85g)
    Number of servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 70 Calories from Fat

    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 1g 1%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 200mg 67%
    Sodium 35mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 0g
    Protein 13g 26%

    Vitamin D 0mcg • 0%
    Calcium 40mg • 4%
    Iron .5mg • 2%
    Potassium 210mg • 4%

    Total Omega-3 fatty acids 420mg
    EPA 125mg
    DHA 290mg
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • Recipes
  • Serving/Care

    Storage
    Keep frozen at or below 0° F (-18° C). Held under these conditions, our calamari should retain its quality for at least six to 12 months, and up to two years. Seafood stored in frost-free freezers should be used within 3 months.

    Cook or consume your calamari within one day of thawing. NOTE: Consumption of raw or partially cooked shellfish creates a risk of serious illness, especially to people with medical conditions that compromise immunity. Vulnerable individuals should avoid eating raw or partially cooked shellfish.

    Please note: Squid are mollusks, so if you are allergic to any other mollusks — such as clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, or snails — you may be allergic to squid. A small minority of people who are allergic to crustaceans — such as shrimp, lobster, or crab — may also have an allergic reaction to mollusks.

    Thawing instructions
    Thaw under refrigeration at or below 38˚ F (3˚ C). Before thawing, puncture or remove packaging.

    For quick-thawing, place frozen package in cool water for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, just until contents are flexible. Once thawed, immediately cook or refrigerate (if refrigerating, puncture package). Prior to cooking, do not allow calamari to reach temperatures above 38˚ F (3˚ C).

    Basic calamari cooking tips
    You can cook our calamari from frozen, or thaw it first.

    Overcooked squid loses its flavor and texture. To keep your calamari from turning tough and rubbery, use the shortest possible cooking time and lowest temperatures, with the frying exception noted below.

    Seasoning
    You can marinate calamari, but do not leave it in an acidic (citrus juice or vinegar) marinade more than 30 minutes, to avoid a rubbery texture. Or, brush the squid with oil and sprinkle with desired seasonings – such as our Organic Seafood Marinade Mix or Lemon-Pepper seasoning – just before cooking it.

    Grilling
    Preheat grill and oil the grate. Place the un-sliced calamari pieces – plain or brushed with oil and seasonings – on the grate or on a vegetable basket to keep smaller pieces from falling into the coals. Grill for one to two minutes, until just cooked and tender.

    Deep-frying
    Batter the squid, and deep fry a small amount at a time in hot oil (395°F), just long enough to lightly brown the batter … one to two minutes, tops.

    Sauté / Stir-fry
    Add squid to a hot, oiled pan and sauté or stir-fry for 10 or 15 seconds, until just tender.

    If you are sautéing or stir-frying it with vegetables or other ingredients, add the squid at the very end and limit the cooking time to one minute or less to avoid overcooking.

    Boiling
    Bring water to a rolling boil and drop in squid a little at a time so the water stays hot. Remove as soon as it's tender, in about 20 seconds. It will begin to turn rubbery after about 30 seconds.

    Simmering in sauce
    Place squid in sauce that’s barely simmering on low heat and check often for texture. Remove from heat as soon as it becomes just tender enough but still has some bite … about 45 minutes. This is the one exception to the need for rapid cooking.

    World calamari cuisines

    • China and Southeast Asia – Use in stir-fries and in rice or noodle dishes, spiced to taste.
    • Philippines – Simmer in adobo sauce with fresh chilies. Serve battered/fried squid with aioli, mayonnaise, or chili vinegar.
    • Mediterranean – Coat squid rings and arms in batter and fry in oil, simmer with vegetables such as squash or tomato, or sauté quickly with oil, garlic, and herbs to serve over rice or pasta.
  • Shipping
    Frozen foods are packed with dry ice
    and ship Monday through Wednesday (except holidays).

    Frozen foods ship via 2nd Day Air service or 1-3 Day Express Ground service, depending on shipping date and destination.

    Free shipping
    on orders over $99


    Standard Shipping Fees
    • Up to $49.99 = $6.95 shipping
    • $50 - $98.99 = $12.95 shipping
    • $99 and over = FREE shipping
    Overnight shipping and other premium services cost extra; for more information, see our Shipping page. (Live shellfish ship overnight at no extra cost.)
    • We cannot ship perishable goods to PO boxes.
    • Free standard shipping applies to all orders of $99 or more sent to any U.S. street address.
    • Perishable shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to surcharges; please see our Shipping page.
    When will my frozen foods arrive?
    • Orders placed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or before 10 AM Tuesday will ship on Tuesday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
    • Orders placed between 10 AM Tuesday and 10 AM Wednesday will ship on Wednesday* to arrive 1-2 days later.
    • Orders placed after 10 AM on Wednesday through 12:00 midnight Friday will ship on Monday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
    *Except when a holiday falls on the designated shipping day.

    For more information, see our Shipping page.
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