Squid

Squid

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(Kalamaia, kalamaria)

How to clean and prepare squid: In the case of large squid (kalamari)which are to be stuffed whole, or largish squid that you want to cut up and deep-fry in rings or pieces, it will be necessary to gut and clean them. Very tiny baby squid (kalamaria) that can be fried whole should just have the little piece of cuttlebone removed, if it is present. Large squid: you will find that the head and tentacles easily pull away from the body. Remove the red-grey thin skin on the body and clean out all the contents of the cavity, but do not break the ink bag as you remove it! Wear kitchen gloves to clean the squid until you are expert at it. Don’t forget to pull out the hard cuttlebone, which resembles a piece of plastic. Now remove the eyes and the piece of tough cartilage at the point where the tentacles emanate from the head. Keep the body whole if it is to be stuffed and chop up the tentacles and fins for the stuffing. Otherwise large squid can be cut into rings and deep-fried like baby whole squid.

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