Advice 1: How to dry squid

Dried squid is a great appetizer to beer, and not only. One problem - they are expensive. Frozen squid is much cheaper, and dry them with a easy at home. So why not try out the recipe?
How to dry squid
You will need
    • frozen squid - 500 g
    • salt - 150 g
    • water - 1 l
Defrost the squid in a warm - about 30 degrees - water. It is advisable not to overdo the squid in the water, so they do not lose their nutritional properties, including a long finding a squid in the water can lead to loss of iodine, which is so badly needed in our conditions.
Remove the squid from the water, gently separate the head and the entrails, so as not to compromise the integrity of the SAC of the Sepia, the contents of which can be painted fillet in black.
Have squid in fillets or cut into rings as you like.
Prepare a brine of salt and water, temperature about 20 degrees. Filter it. Place squid in brine. The time of salting fillets 2-5 minutes rings - 1-2 minutes.
Remove the squid from the brine, put on the rack in order to drain excess water. Leave for about twenty minutes.
After this, place the squid on the grill rack. Can be dried in the microwave with combination mode or the convection oven. Mode is better to choose individually. An exemplary drying temperature is 60-80 degrees Celsius.
Dried squid fillet can be broken into strips, thereby obtaining dried shredded squid.
If you follow this recipe, dried squid work better than those that are sold in the store.
Useful advice
When buying frozen squid pay attention to the packaging, buy the product, Packed at the factory in the transparent film. Don't buy squid, if the film is damaged, and when the ice pack, it says incorrect storage conditions.

If you want to buy fresh squid, please note that the calamari was a thin layer of ice. Do not take seafood if the layer of ice melted, or when the characteristic odor of ammonia, which means the beginning of decay of the product.

Advice 2 : How to make dried squid beer

Dried squid are among the most popular beer snacks. You can make this dish at home. If master this technology and to show a little imagination, you can surprise your guests with the most original flavors. Instead of salt, for example, can be used for drying squid some spices that bring significant changes to their flavor.
Dried squid

Preparation of products

For the manufacture of dried snacks at home you can use squid in any form. If you prefer frozen food, please note that thawed carcasses for too long is not worth it. Otherwise, they will fail to gently slice, and the final result will differ from expectations.

Before you decide which kind you would give a dried squid carcasses should be within a few seconds, pour over boiling water, and then careful and slow movements to remove all film. Only after that, start cutting blanks. Squid can grind rings, thin strips or even a fairly large plates.

The cooking process

For the manufacture of traditional dried squid you will need 600 g of primary product, 1 liter of room temperature water and 5 tablespoons salt. Squid grind in any way, and then lower it for 5-10 minutes in salted water. Lay the workpiece on a towel or napkin and wait until they dry out.

The final stage of drying squid make using a microwave oven or in conventional oven. This process is quite long and takes about an hour. Dried squid is better on the grill.

To give a dried squid more intense flavor by changing the marinating process. Salt does not dissolve in water, and immediately RUB it with crystal harvesting. Squid needs to soak for several hours, after which it is similarly dried in the oven. The remains of the crystals can be removed with a brush or cloth, but is much easier initially to use a fine salt.

Dried squid with herbs and spices

To make an unusual beer snack of dried squid will help spices, seasonings and dried herbs. Show imagination, you can invent your own dish. During the pickling of carcasses can be used not only salt, but paprika, pepper, chopped onion or garlic. For such experiments will fit almost any seasonings and spices.

Original marinade for pieces of squid can be done, for example, sugar, vinegar and pepper. The number of additional ingredients can be pick up at their discretion. In the prepared mixture of squid must be at least 20-30 minutes. The vinegar should be diluted with a small amount of water. The unusual combination of sugar and pepper give food a spicy flavor.
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