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Old 02-06-2011, 05:53 PM
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What is the best way to clean and store clams?
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What kind of clams? Store them for what? Bait? To eat? Gonna cook them first?
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guess that was a little vague, they are to eat and have not been cooked. I've read purge them with salt water then cover with a damp cloth on the fridge.
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How long do you plan on keeping them with out eating them?????

I personally wouldn't want to experiment and play with Clams, I love them all way's but usually eat them that day, maybe the next. If not properly done, getting sick from clams is a real bad deal. If I have so many and can't eat them all, the third day I will only steam them, if they don't open they aren't any good. When a clam goes bad, you can't cook the bad stuff out, it will still get you badly sick.

To clean them, just rinse them off with cold water.
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dug them up this afternoon, and will probably only keep them for two days at most.
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Thank god, you were getting me nervous. Then in a bowl of fresh water in the fridge will be fine, they will open up and do like they do filtering and that will naturally clean any sand in them out (not that there always is sand in them). They do farm raise clams in fresh water also.
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Keep longer than 2 days just keep in frig
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I have kept them in the fridge for 2 weeks max. I always steam them. If they don't open there discarded. Never had a problem doing this.
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an old italian chef taught me to put them in freshwater w/ kosher salt and sprinkle cornmeal in the water and mix it up a little so they eat the cornmeal and purge themselves ... he told me they were good for up to 2-3 days like that .. but wouldn't recommend keeping much longer than that... i thought he was joking but when i emptied the pot they were in there was all dirt and sand at the bottom of the pot, and some of the clams had the cornmeal in them .. so it must have done something..
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In cool weather, I throw them in a 5 gallons bucket in fresh water out on the patio. I change the water every day or so. They purge out all the sand and are fine up to a week or so this way. Again, I only do this in cool weather, otherwise, same thing but in the fridge.
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thanks for the advice, Ive also done pretty well clamming, but I had a local clammer show me a few tricks on where to find them. Filled half a five gallon bucket in no time at all.

Now I need a few clam chowder recipes if anyone wants to share.
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you can can your extra clams for use at other times, take a look here for info:http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/food-preservation

go to the canning fish link its got info for canning clams. its a great site for canning and smoking info.

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Scrub the outside shell with a potato brush, soak in clean cold fresh water - keep refrigerated. This will purge sand, change water - repeat a few times to continue the purging
Serve like this ......... ICM
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