Where I live, I have to travel a bit to get octopus. The octopus they sell in the store is imported frozen, and thawed in the store. Sometimes they don’t have it, or the octopus they have is not thawed yet, so it can not be cut. Then I have to go home empty handed. They also sell whole octopuses in frozen form there, but that is way too big for one meal.
So I thought about whether I could buy a big one frozen, thaw it at home, cut it up and refreeze it in separate pieces. I reckon it’s safe, but I’m curious whether it’s considered to affect the quality negatively.
I have searched online, but most sources I find either assume that all meat is the same, or all seafood is the same. I thought maybe octopus was different, since many people consider it to be better when bought frozen, unlike pretty much all other meats. Therefore, maybe refreezing also would be less harmful to taste and texture. Do anyone have specific advice about octopus? Other solutions are also welcome. I guess chopping it up in frozen form would be impossible without specialized equipment? I’m talking about a regular home freezer.