No doubt about it, the squid (also known as calamari) is an ugly creature. No wonder they use them as monsters in horror movies! Yet when prepared properly, they are a versatile ingredient to bring a touch of the ocean to your table. Squid is also quite reasonable in price, especially if you buy them whole and clean them yourself. Find out why gourmet chefs are using squid ink in famous dishes and how to harvest your own. It is quite easy to clean squid. Check out the step-by-step instructions with photos and give the kids an anatomy lesson while you're at it. Then try one of the many squid recipes.
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