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Old 10-06-2006, 11:18 PM   #1
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Squid

I love squid and have started prepare it at home. What is the easiest way to get rid of the membrane that is inside of the mantle?

When I grill or stuff the squid, that membrane is not very pleasing.

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Old 10-06-2006, 11:51 PM   #2
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You can usually rub it off between your fingers. But cleaning squid is a pain.

The Asian grocer I frequent has precleaned squid tubes in the freezer case. I find it worth the extra price although I miss the tentacles. They are my favorite part of the squid.

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Old 10-06-2006, 11:55 PM   #3
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Assuming you're making whole squid (or stuff them etc etc), the best way to clean them is to clean the outside of the squid and then turn the "bag" inside out.
You push the pointy end of the bag on the end of a wooden spoon or something similar and use the end of the spoon to push the bag inside out. then you can remove the membrane and give the (former) inside a good rinse too.
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I love squid and have started prepare it at home. What is the easiest way to get rid of the membrane that is inside of the mantle?

When I grill or stuff the squid, that membrane is not very pleasing.
Try looking at this thread I started a while ago.

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Old 10-07-2006, 12:30 PM   #5
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Hades, You are right on the money. Take it from somebody who sometimes cleans up to 30# at a time. After I clean them I set them in a little ice clod salted water, befor I pat them dry to use.
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:50 PM   #6
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OK, I have some frozen that we are using for bait right now, but want to cook some. You cut off the eyes--right? Head? I have the tentacles attached. I thought you just removed the beak. Obviously, I have always gotten them cleaned.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:36 PM   #7
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You save the tentacles. Cut them off and toss the head/beak. The ink sack in in the head area. Then you clean out the body. There is a plastic like piece in there along with some soft stuff. Peeling the body is optional.
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You save the tentacles. Cut them off and toss the head/beak. Then you clean out the body. There is a plastic like piece in there along with some soft stuff. Peeling the body is optional.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:51 PM   #9
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Try to get a little kid to do it for you!!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:54 PM   #10
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Precleaned tubes and tenticles are/should be readily available. My days of cleaning whole calis are long over, but turn the tube inside out to get the pesky membrane...
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