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Old 01-26-2013, 09:25 AM   #11
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Thanks Jim.
I imagine I'm lucky to get the farmed ones around here, but if I ever see any wild clams I'll know what to do.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:12 AM   #12
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OK so folks want cornmeal in their clams???? Why not just purge with salt water? The cornmeal seems pointless when salt water purges out all the grit anyway, unless you're going for clam polenta.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:31 AM   #13
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OK so folks want cornmeal in their clams???? Why not just purge with salt water? The cornmeal seems pointless when salt water purges out all the grit anyway, unless you're going for clam polenta.
If you don't eat, do you get the urge to poop?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #14
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If you don't eat, do you get the urge to poop?
Technically no, since the urge to defecate is based on the amount of pressure caused by chyme exiting the ileum through the ileocecal valve and into the cecum, forcing what's already inside the large intestine to pass further along, eventually ending at the colon and forming the urge to defecate.
But there's also the possibility that you have to defecate when you haven't eaten recently.

So more information is needed to answer. But what does that have to do with purging sand from clams?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:38 PM   #15
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Technically no, since the urge to defecate is based on the amount of pressure caused by chyme exiting the ileum through the ileocecal valve and into the cecum, forcing what's already inside the large intestine to pass further along, eventually ending at the colon and forming the urge to defecate.
But there's also the possibility that you have to defecate when you haven't eaten recently.

So more information is needed to answer. But what does that have to do with purging sand from clams?
I'm not at all sure clams have all those parts you've listed or that their digestive systems work as ours do.
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They definitely don't. I still don't understand his question as it relates to the topic. If the implication is that clams need something to pass through their digestive system to 'push' the sand along, that 'something' being cornmeal, then that doesn't compute. Clams are filter feeders; the water they breathe in contains the food they eat and digest. Clean salt water is all that is needed to purge sand from clams.
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They definitely don't. I still don't understand his question as it relates to the topic. If the implication is that clams need something to pass through their digestive system to 'push' the sand along, that 'something' being cornmeal, then that doesn't compute. Clams are filter feeders; the water they breathe in contains the food they eat and digest. Clean salt water is all that is needed to purge sand from clams.
The best answer I have for you as to why I use corn meal is that is the way my Mummy told me to do it.

But polenta stuffed clams? That could work
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Great info all.
This is for wild caught clams, right?
I've never had to purge or debeard any I have bought in a store. They are usually advertised as cleaned and I've never gotten any grit with them.
Clams do not have beards. Mussels do. They cling to rocks. Clams dig down out of the way of enemies.
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The best answer I have for you as to why I use corn meal is that is the way my Mummy told me to do it.

But polenta stuffed clams? That could work
Yeh, you tell them. If you don't purge them, then you will want to rip off their little tummies and throw them away. Who do you know that wants to eat a tummy full of poop and sand? They may be filter eaters, but if they were that great at filtering, then there would be no sand in their tummies. Unfortunately, our oceans are not as clean as we would like to think they are. If they were we wouldn't be finding mercury in our fish.

If I am going to be paying top dollar for clams, I want to be able to eat the whole animal and know that the final product is clean and safe to eat. There is just not enough meat for me in the strips alone.
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