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Learn how to extract and use squid ink

By Shane Graber - Posted Mar 30, 2012 12:00 PM
Squid ink was used far back in time for use in writing instruments and for cooking. In the Instructable linked after the jump, learn how you too can extract and use your own squid ink for writing, printing, and cooking.
Learn how to extract and use squid ink

The author shows an example of a squid that can be de-inked.

Back in December, I covered how an archaeologist had uncovered an ancient fossilized squid and used its ink to draw a likeness of it after the archaeological dig. I thought that was pretty cool but not many of us are going to uncover our own fossilized squids to be able to do this.

If this idea of printing with squid ink interests you either with squid you catch yourself or with squid you buy frozen from the supermarket, check out the Instructable on Make:Projects that covers all the steps. In the instructable, the author Christy Canida explains how to source squid for the task, extract the ink, and either use it for linoleum printing or even cooking. She links to sources on working with linocuts and to a tasty recipe for squid ink risotto with squid.

This should make for a great weekend project. If you do try it, paste a link in the comments below to either your squid ink artwork or to a tasty photo of your squid ink risotto with squid!

(via Make Magazine)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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