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(This American Life)   This American Life tackles the tough questions: Is it calamari, or sliced pig rectums on your plate?   (thisamericanlife.org) divider line 97
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2013-01-15 01:17:37 PM
I listened to that episode and the long and the short of it is once it's deep fried no one can tell the difference. I always thought that most of the pig offal ended up in breakfast sausage. One way or another it's getting eaten by somebody, nothing goes to waste in factory slaughterhouses
 
2013-01-15 01:26:39 PM
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2013-01-15 02:13:12 PM
I've always preferred the tentacles.
 
2013-01-15 02:13:22 PM
Is one supposed to be less appetizing than the other?
 
2013-01-15 02:19:12 PM
As long as it is served with ranch dipping sauce, does it really matter?
 
2013-01-15 02:33:42 PM
If you can't taste the difference between squid and pig entrails you probably shouldn't be eating either. These are likely the same people that think scallops are actually skate or shark. Again, if you can't tell the difference, go eat a hot dog.
 
2013-01-15 02:33:47 PM

TheDumbBlonde: I've always preferred the tentacles.


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Ahh... tentacles. Big difference.
 
2013-01-15 02:33:56 PM
I identified with the guy in their office who couldn't bring himself to eat Calamari since they started working on the story. Thanks to TAL I'll likely only ever order it from the types of places that I'd trust to cook my steak black & blue.

Also, show of hands from those who found themselves getting audibly confused during the Fred Armiston bits and you couldn't tell who was who at some points.
 
2013-01-15 02:35:12 PM

MakerGrey: If you can't taste the difference between squid and pig entrails you probably shouldn't be eating either. These are likely the same people that think scallops are actually skate or shark. Again, if you can't tell the difference, go eat a hot dog.


Best squid I ever had was lightly sauteed over a Marsala pasta. Not deep fried and dipped in marinara sauce.
 
2013-01-15 02:35:32 PM
Don't give a shiat, as long as it tastes good. My only qualm is with charging a higher price for something you're not actually getting
 
2013-01-15 02:37:11 PM
What I took away from that episode was that both the professional chef and the guy who writes an extreme food blog agreed: pig rectum is going to taste strongly of pig poop. "So what are those little dark spots?" "Oh, it's, you know... poop."

It's kind of nice when the world works the way you expect it to.
 
2013-01-15 02:37:21 PM
Even better, is the Fred Armisen Ira Glass impersonation.
 
2013-01-15 02:37:39 PM
You think it's squid, but it taint.
 
2013-01-15 02:39:28 PM
Damn near killed 'em!

Wat?
 
2013-01-15 02:40:06 PM

MakerGrey: If you can't taste the difference between squid and pig entrails you probably shouldn't be eating either. These are likely the same people that think scallops are actually skate or shark. Again, if you can't tell the difference, go eat a hot dog.


That's why they did a test. Unscientific, but it showed that people couldn't tell the difference- including a chef, and a calamari lover.

One cook pointed out a truism: everything taste similar when it's deep fried.

Jews and Muslims would have a serious problem with it.
 
2013-01-15 02:40:45 PM

semiotix: It's kind of nice when the world works the way you expect it to.


Except when they magically fried up perfectly and a couple of guys couldn't tell the difference.
 
2013-01-15 02:41:05 PM

Girion47: Even better, is the Fred Armisen Ira Glass impersonation.


Armisen overdoes the nasal quality. It's really easy to tell them apart.
 
2013-01-15 02:41:58 PM
Too lazy to find pic of Tina Turner in chain mail saying, "Pigshiat"
 
2013-01-15 02:44:30 PM
So this wasn't what I was looking for but, this exists: www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk
 
2013-01-15 02:44:35 PM
Headline made me clinch.
 
2013-01-15 02:45:27 PM
"It's a trap! Oink!"
 
2013-01-15 02:45:44 PM
I heard this episode too. Have never eaten Calimari and don't really intend to. But really, if you eat any kind of processed meat then you have probably already eaten the rectums of several types of animals.
 
2013-01-15 02:47:08 PM

Darth_Lukecash: That's why they did a test. Unscientific, but it showed that people couldn't tell the difference- including a chef, and a calamari lover.

One cook pointed out a truism: everything taste similar when it's deep fried.

Jews and Muslims would have a serious problem with it.


Well, I wouldn't want to ruin anyone's day based on religious dietary prohibition. That aside, I'd happily take the Pepsi challenge on this one. Also, calling escolar white tuna isn't really a problem, as white tuna is a common name for escolar. Dorado/mahi mahi/dolphin fish is all the same thing. Rockfish is striped bass around the Chesapeake. It's smallmouth bass (a perch) in southern Appalachia.

I get annoyed when people bring up the "mislabeling" of seafood in restaurants without understanding that certain species have multiple names. Not that you're doing this. I just get ranty.

/apologies
//chef here
 
2013-01-15 02:47:34 PM

HailRobonia: You think it's squid, but it taint.


That's what you assume.
 
2013-01-15 02:47:42 PM

Pincy: I heard this episode too. Have never eaten Calimari and don't really intend to. But really, if you eat any kind of processed meat then you have probably already eaten the rectums of several types of animals.


Yeah, but it's different when you're ordering something specific on the menu. You order Calamari, you expect to be served chopped squid. If I want a pig's intestine I'll by a few brats from my butcher.
 
2013-01-15 02:47:47 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: So this wasn't what I was looking for but, this exists: [www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk image 670x487]


www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk
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2013-01-15 02:48:33 PM

Darth_Lukecash:

Jews and Muslims would have a serious problem with it.


For some reason I don't think it would be an issue.
 
2013-01-15 02:48:36 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: So this wasn't what I was looking for but, this exists: [www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk image 670x487]


But why?
 
2013-01-15 02:48:53 PM

Pincy: I heard this episode too. Have never eaten Calimari and don't really intend to. But really, if you eat any kind of processed meat then you have probably already eaten the rectums of several types of animals.


If you've never eaten calamari you're not missing much. Think breaded and deep-fried rubber bands.
 
2013-01-15 02:50:06 PM
I thought everyone knew it was foreskins?
 
2013-01-15 02:52:24 PM
I've had a McRib sandwich, so I'm familiar with pig rectum.
 
2013-01-15 02:52:49 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: If you've never eaten calamari you're not missing much. Think breaded and deep-fried rubber bands.


Then you've never eaten a well cooked one.
 
2013-01-15 02:55:56 PM
'ere's the sick squid I owe you....
 
2013-01-15 02:56:47 PM

likefunbutnot: Girion47: Even better, is the Fred Armisen Ira Glass impersonation.

Armisen overdoes the nasal quality. It's really easy to tell them apart.


not on my shiatty HP speakers.
 
2013-01-15 02:57:07 PM
Article about pig's assholes.
RTFA, Pic of Fred Armisen,
WOw. That's accurate.
 
2013-01-15 02:57:58 PM

KatjaMouse: Except when they magically fried up perfectly and a couple of guys couldn't tell the difference.


Oh, frying doesn't count. Frying makes everything taste like fried... whatever. It's the only reason the population of the British Isles hasn't starved to death.
 
2013-01-15 02:58:36 PM
Fake calamari? What's the point? Drag a net through pretty much anywhere, throw all the squid into the chipper and you've pretty much got a month's supply of calamari for a five state region.
 
2013-01-15 03:00:10 PM

Citrate1007: I've had a McRib sandwich, so I'm familiar with pig rectum.


Heh. I guffawed at tha 'un, I did.
 
2013-01-15 03:00:42 PM

Citrate1007: I've had a McRib sandwich, so I'm familiar with pig rectum.


I had one of those for the first time recently. They're ok
 
2013-01-15 03:01:11 PM
Just listened to it yesterday. Every Saturday I try to listen to TAL and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and every Saturday i miss it, then have to listen to the podcast Monday morning.
 
2013-01-15 03:01:44 PM
Rectum? Hardly knew 'em.

HA
 
2013-01-15 03:03:04 PM

dofus: Fake calamari? What's the point? Drag a net through pretty much anywhere, throw all the squid into the chipper and you've pretty much got a month's supply of calamari for a five state region.


it's not the value of the calamari, it's the value of the pig rectum. pig rectum is probably the least valuable part of a pig. finding a way for a rectum to add value to the overall harvest of a pig was probably a pleasant surprise, since every pig's got 'em, and that pig's already dying for bacon and chops.
 
2013-01-15 03:04:01 PM

MakerGrey: calling escolar white tuna isn't really a problem, as white tuna is a common name for escolar.


Perhaps that's not a problem, but this is: Escolar, AKA the "Ex-Lax fish"

/found out the hard way
 
2013-01-15 03:04:22 PM

Crewmannumber6: Just listened to it yesterday. Every Saturday I try to listen to TAL and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and every Saturday i miss it, then have to listen to the podcast Monday morning.


You say it like it's a bad thing.

/TAL and Wait Wait are the soundtrack for my Monday morning commute
 
2013-01-15 03:05:35 PM

TheDumbBlonde: I've always preferred the tentacles.


Pigs have tentacles?

Sssaaayyyy... you don't suppose this will turn into one of those Olive Garden hate threads?
 
2013-01-15 03:07:19 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Pincy: I heard this episode too. Have never eaten Calimari and don't really intend to. But really, if you eat any kind of processed meat then you have probably already eaten the rectums of several types of animals.

If you've never eaten calamari you're not missing much. Think breaded and deep-fried rubber bands.


Growing up in the Monterey Bay I can assure you that you are doing it wrong. The calamari I eat there is like a steak.
 
2013-01-15 03:07:34 PM

UberDave: As long as it is served with ranch dipping sauce, does it really matter?


This is Fark where a good number of readers have an obsession with all things rectum and they would feel cheated if the ended up eating sea food.
 
2013-01-15 03:10:54 PM

likefunbutnot: Girion47: Even better, is the Fred Armisen Ira Glass impersonation.

Armisen overdoes the nasal quality. It's really easy to tell them apart.


He got better as the show went along. He lowered his pitch. But his timing was dead on.

/I too was rooting for the rectum at the end.
 
2013-01-15 03:13:09 PM
I usually ask for extra tentacles, fortunately pigs don't have many of those.
 
2013-01-15 03:15:03 PM
Yet another good reason why I don't eat calamari.

The primary reason is that they are squid (seriously!? did you know that??) and I just can't get my head around the idea of eating little wee squid.
 
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