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The New England Clam Chowder Experience--

For the somewhat self-serving reason that my parter loves it, I made New England Clam Chowder last night. It's probably better when served in a seafood-loving costal city, but this batch turned out pretty good, and Nick, Whines, Folf and I finished the bowl.

I'm not sure about the whole "fresh, live clams" thing, though. Two pounds of in-shell clam yields up about 1/2 cup of meat. That's not a very good return, even at $3.50 a pound. Next time, I'm just going to use canned. I don't think the quality will change perceptably.

I've never shelled live clams, or killed my dinner before. The clams were an experience. You were supposed to freeze them and then thaw them, and they'd forget what they were doing and relax their grip on their shells for a bit. I ended up throwing out four clams because they were "yawning" when I took them out of the freezer, so I assumed they were dead. I checked again later, and they'd shut their little mouths.

I scanned my tray of clams, looking for ones that were open enough to shell. I found one, and it would slam its shell shut. This rarely helped its survival chances, which were pretty low once they made it to the seafood shop anyhow, but it did add to the amount of shell fragments Nick and Whines ate.

One of them, in a last-ditch moment of spite, tried to shoot Folf with a blast of clam juice.

Anyway, good soup, but I do feel a little guilty for it. That was more carnivorality than I'm used to, since my usual hunting grounds are the packed meats section at HEB.


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Apr. 15th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
It was very yummy chowder :) :) Droooolings

You talking about killing the clams reminds me of fishing with my dad when I was a kid. Bring home a bunch of Bluegills, kill 'em, scale 'em, head 'em, gut 'em, fry 'em up *drooooool*
Apr. 16th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Eeew :) I remember going "That's disgusting" and not having a particular want to eat the fish I caught. I may eat fish occasionally but I ain't doing all that to em. lol
Apr. 16th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
Hee hee Yeah, I was kinda grossed out by it too, but bluegills make for some GUD eatin'
Apr. 16th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
According to the mighty Alton Brown, canned/frozen/etc. seafood, like clams and scallops, are just fine for applications like chowder or soup. It's when you're eating them by themselves with some garnish stuff that you really should buy them fresh.
Apr. 16th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
That's a relief :)
Apr. 17th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
You make Clam Chowder?!?!

*collapses at your feet and rubs his cheek against your leg affectionately*

You're my most favoritest person in the world!
Take me home? <=]
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: *jaw-drop*
Foxes are so easy :)
Apr. 18th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: *jaw-drop*
If making clam chowder is easy... yessir!
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