Sunday, October 28, 2012

Storing and Cleaning Clams

There are many methods of storing and cleaning clams. Besides finding the freshest clams possible, the trick to store them, if you're not planning to use them right away, is to keep them cold and not to let the moisture escape. 

To Store Clams:
Discard any dead clams or ones with cracked shells. Place the clams on a wet towel, wrap them well, then place them in a bowl in the fridge to keep them cold. They can be kept for 2-3 days if they're fresh, but of course, it's best to cook them within the first or second day.

To Clean Clams:

This is a process of letting the clams spit out the sand. Scrub the shells and rinse them well under very cold running water. Prepare a bowl of cold water and add about 1 teaspoon of cornmeal, then stir well. Soak the clams in the bowl and set them back in the fridge. Rinse the first pot after 30 minutes to 1 hour. Repeat this process several times until the water is clear without sand.

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