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I clean my own squids and I want to preserve the ink for later use. I was wondering what to do with the ink sac. Should I collect the ink in a little jar and freeze it?

Or how long will it last in the refrigerator?

Any ideas?

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What do you do with the ink later? Can you cook with it? –  Rikon Oct 7 '11 at 1:05
    
@Rikon: Squid Ink can be used to prepare a black rice recipe, among other things. Sinan: yes, you can freeze the squid ink. Just put it on a small ziploc bag and you're done. –  mines Oct 7 '11 at 9:36
    
@Rikon as mines said. I was thinking about making some black pasta. –  Sinan Oct 7 '11 at 23:05
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I always figure that anything that's already completely liquid will do very well freezing; there's no structure to destroy. –  Jefromi Oct 7 '11 at 23:46

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From what I understand you should be able to extract the ink and freeze it for later use. Users on this forum suggest extracting the ink and then freezing. Another person here says:

I save my ink from freshly cleaned squid and just freeze it

So it looks like your best bet would be to extract the ink from the sacs into a suitable freezer container and freeze it.

Freezing will definitely help it to last longer as the shelf life of squid in the refrigerator is 1-2 days. You can extend this to 3-5 months in the freezer. I'd imagine the squid ink would have a similar shelf life.

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