Howdee howdee..... we always had ears and tails with greens in the winter. If we were lucky got some neck-bones added. Its pretty good stuff.
Made a promise to myself in the service, every other payday, or once a month, I'd go somewhere local and eat a a fine restaurant and get the local cuisine. I met Octopus and snails in Spain. The swore to me that Octopus was a medicinal stew for upset stomachs. I figured the chef had just cooked to much. They brought it out and it looked a lot like a bouillase or a courtbullion. It was alright, it didn't trip my trigger but I think had they fried it like squid it might have been better. This octopus was tuff, so I assume like squid its either cooked fast or really slow and this must have been in the pot in the middle.
Thanks for the quick explanation about cleansing, don't think I have ever seen 'em in the Gulf. I was going to ask if the had that calcium/cartilage plate like a squid had.
BTW my favorite way to have pig ears is head cheese.
I love your and Clarissa's threads you two always make me smile. Thanks for sharing!