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Drying squid before cooking

Post  Janelle on Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:51 am

Fishing with Tsurusaki san yesterday we got onto the topic of cooking squid.

Tsurusaki said that one of his favorite method is to:

1. Clean the squid, remove all internals etc
2. Cut the squid lengthwise and butterfly it out
3. Dry the squid and leave it outside (in netting to keep the insects off) overnight or for half a day
4. When the squid is dry BBQ it

When I go to Japan in a couple of weeks he is going to let us try some but if they catch some squid today while they are out we might just experiment before hand.

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Post  andy on Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:23 am

cool that method is used quite regulary in asian cultures heheeh, my parents love doing that to fish as well. the dried stuff can fetch quite a high price in some asian places and are very good for making stocks and other remedies. i think its cos all the flavours stay in and dry up first. if anyone else is interested in doing it could also consider one of the evaporating machines. but keep in mind do use it with the windows open cos your house will smell like a seafood shop
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Post  Mick on Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:10 pm

Janelle wrote:
When I go to Japan in a couple of weeks.

Can you please take me Razz
I'm sure I can dislocate some joints to fit into a luggage bag Razz

Tsurusaki san's method sounds delicious,the air-drying method before BBQ'ing is a great tip as I found it hard to find a balance when cooking mine on the hot plate..Too wet meant to get the desired level of "cooked" right through was difficult to attain-great tip. Kompai afro

As for the evaporator,do you have one Andy??
I use to have a mate with one who used to supply and endlesss amount of beef jerky!!
Thinking of getting one myself-cost?
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Post  Janelle on Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:23 am

Hi Andy,

Tsurusaki san mentioned that it was a very traditional style of cooking. I asked him about the very hot conditions we have here and he suggested putting it in a net outside or alternatively lightly salting it, wrapping it in paper and then rewrapping it in newspaperand putting it in the fridge.

As you said he explained how it really helps to lock in the flavours.

The boys went out yesterday but all the squid were very small so no chance to give it a try yet.

Janelle

PS Mick I think you should get an evaporator - I will be more than happy to test any beef jerky you wish to produce.

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Post  andy on Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:11 am

hey mick

yeah my family has it as my parents love preserving food ie fruits, seafoods and sometimes beef jerky hahha but havent done that one for a while. i think i might give it a go soon hahahha
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