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
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 1:05
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    @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
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 9:36
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    @Rikon as mines said. I was thinking about making some black pasta.
    – Sinan
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 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.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 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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