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Old 07-31-2006, 02:27 PM   #1
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someone just gave me 2 and a half gallons of clams from NC. In the shell, uncooked, and frozen. Is that ok? Larry's got me worried cause he
said they should be cooked when they are alive. Now I think he may be right.
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Old 07-31-2006, 02:29 PM   #2
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Yeah they should be cooked when alive.....I got a bad clam once...now I can't even look at them...I didn't know it was humanly possible to erupt out of both ends at the same time......sorry probably too much info...I wouldn't eat em...
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My daughter doesn't live with me, but I've got neighbors...be right back with the results.
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Feed them to Finney.... 8-[
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Here's some info that might help, not a clam person myself but I do like mussels. My wife grew up on Cape Cod and her grandmother still lives there. Info she told me about clams;

Do not freeze clams in their shells or buy frozen clams that are in their shell. To freeze clams, make sure they are shucked and save their liquid. Rinse with salt water, 1 tblsp of salt to 1 qt of water, and place in a container with the reserved clam liquid and additional salt water so they are completely covered. Frozen clams will last up to three months frozen. Thaw frozen clams in the refrigerator before using and do not refreeze them.
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Here's some info that might help, not a clam person myself but I do like muscles. My wife grew up on Cape Cod and her grandmother still lives there. Info she told me about clams;

Do not freeze clams in their shells. To freeze clams, shuck them, being careful to save their liquid. Rinse with salt water (1 tablespoon of salt to 1 quart of water), and place in a container with the reserved clam liquid and additional salt water so they are completely covered. Frozen clams will last up to three months at 0 degrees F. Thaw frozen clams in the refrigerator before using, and never refreeze them.
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Here's some info that might help, not a clam person myself but I do like mussels. My wife grew up on Cape Cod and her grandmother still lives there. Info she told me about clams;

Do not freeze clams in their shells or buy frozen clams that are in their shell. To freeze clams, make sure they are shucked and save their liquid. Rinse with salt water, 1 tblsp of salt to 1 qt of water, and place in a container with the reserved clam liquid and additional salt water so they are completely covered. Frozen clams will last up to three months frozen. Thaw frozen clams in the refrigerator before using and do not refreeze them.

What he said. If they're frozen in the shell, the next stop is either the trash or the ER. You choose.

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Re: Clams

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someone just gave me 2 and a half gallons of clams from NC. In the shell, uncooked, and frozen. Is that ok? Larry's got me worried cause he
said they should be cooked when they are alive. Now I think he may be right.
Well. it depends. How long have they been frozen? How fresh were they
when they were frozen? Do you trust this someone?

Ive used clams accidently frozen in the shell without any problem. A friend of mine has been freezing his clams that way for many years and swears by it.
Now, I'm not talking about steaming frozen in the shell clams but for sauces,
chowder, casino, etc. they should be just fine.

I think Larry must be talking about crabs, they should be cooked alive or
just cleaned.
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I can tell you I have never heard of freezing clams in shell while alive before cooking........BUT.....

This I know to be fact:

I would thaw them at room temperature in a kettle of water. Once thawed try steaming them in thier shells immediately.

The shells should open when cooked within 3-4 minutes.....ANY SHELLS NOT OPEN IN 9-10 MINUTES........DISCARD THEM

Fresh live clams you would put them in water overnight with some cornmeal in the water.......they eat it all night...... it cleans thier stomach of sand and grit through thier excrement overnight and leaves a better , plumper , sweeter tasting clam to eat.

The 3-4 minute and 9-10 minute rule applies to fresh clams.......... Again.... I never heard of freezing them.... but I'd go by the same rule to be safe.
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well the shells are opened...it seems like death by freezing would be no different than death by steaming, but it's not the kind of thing I want to risk. This stinks....free clams..I already had the lemon and butter.
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