Cleaning clams before steaming requires that the clams be shaken to loosen any sand held inside their shells, rinsed, covered in a solution of warm salt water and left to soak and then drained and rinsed again. This process readies clams completely for the steaming process, though they can also be stored for up to 2 days if so desired.Know More
Clams that release sand should be removed from the container. This prevents them from taking in sand from other clams that are shaken.
First the clams must be placed in a container and shaken to free up and release any excess sand still contained in their shells. Once all sand has been expelled, the clams should be rinsed in cool water until they are clean and no more sand is produced when they are shaken.
Clams should then be placed in a solution of warm water and salt with 2 tablespoons of salt added for each quart of water used. The clams must be allowed to soak for 40 minutes before being removed.
The clams must be drained thoroughly so that no more liquid remains trapped in their shells. Once this is done they must be rinsed again with cold water to cleanse any remaining salt.
Soft-shell crabs are eaten with their shells intact because the exterior is delicate. The crabs are prepared in many ways, including pan frying. The crabs should be eaten the day they are cleaned.Full Answer >
The differences between clams, mussels and oysters lie mostly in the shapes of their shells. Many types of clams have the classic clam-shaped shell with ridges or concentric rings. They also come in many colors and sizes, though the ones sold at the fishmonger's are only a few inches long. Razor clams resemble straight razors.Full Answer >
One of the major differences between clams and oysters is that clams are motile all their lives, pulling themselves through the sand with a foot that extends well outside their shells. After a brief larval stage at the beginning of life, oysters attach themselves to other oysters or rocks and live out their lives in one place.Full Answer >
Prepare cockle clams for cooking by placing them in a bucket of salt water to remove dirt and debris. The clams should stay in the water from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Steaming is the preferred method for cooking cockle clams.Full Answer >