Do you know how to clean squids? Well, unless you have been coached by your mom or someone who knows how to do it, squid can be pretty complicated to clean because they have many parts that need to be disposed off.
HOW TO KNOW IF THE SQUID IS FRESH?
Firstly, if you want to buy fresh squids, remember to find those that have almost transparent-like outer layer. If the squid is all reddish and purplish, they are not that fresh anymore.
These are squids I bought this afternoon from the wet market and they are still very fresh looking. Do you notice how the top one is much whiter than the other two? It is hard for us to get really transparent like ones so that’s the best we can get.
MOST IMPORTANT – GET RID OF THE INK BAG
Step one is to gently pull the head or tentacles from the body. Do not yank too hard or the ink bag will be left in the body.
That tiny silverish tear-drop shape sac is the ink. Use your finger and gently pull it off and throw them away. Of course, the ink is only unsightly but it is edible. There are Italian pasta made with squid ink. Make sure you get rid of the ink bag from every squids.
GET RID OF THE TEETH
I am not sure what it is called but it is like a tooth. Press the top of the tentacle part and the hard lump of sharp, brownish ‘fang’ will pop out.
CUT OUT THE EYES
Take a sharp knife and gently cut out the eyes. They can squirt you messy liquid so do it under running water if you do not want to get splattered with purplish black liquid.
Now you have very clean tentacles.
PULL OUT THE SOFT ‘BONE’
Now, let’s tackle the body. In each squid, there is this transparent thingie which is like the bone. Pull them out.
Also check that there are no dead fishes and grime in the body of the squid. Sometimes, the squid have undigested pieces of foods which can be very icky. However, if what’s left inside are white, creamy stuffs, those are the eggs. You will want to keep them.
GET RID OF THE PURPLE LAYER
Finally, use your fingernails and tear off the purplish, polka dotted layer. Then you will have perfect, white and cleaned squids.
Squids can be stored well in the freezer compartment.
When cooking, squids will ooze a lot of water. So, if you wish to make a dry dish, remember to give the squid a quick stir in a pan over fire to get rid of the water before cooking them.