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Old 05-06-2006, 11:00 AM   #51
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alix, here's a good site about seafood.

http://www.victoriapacking.com/fishinfo.html

the picture of the p!ss clams is not showing the siphon for some reason.
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Old 05-06-2006, 11:06 AM   #52
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Old 05-06-2006, 11:50 AM   #53
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MJ I have never heard that term before, but it sounds like you are decribing what we would call steamers. Only difference is that ours are steamed (obviously) instead of boiled. sometime beer and garlic is aded to the steaming liquid. Great stuff! When I used to do a lot of mountain biking I would always get a craving for steamers after a hard run. That and a few cold beers were my reward for a good workout
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thank you, dr. freud.yup, they're also called steamers. but around here, steamers could be any clam that's steamed, from little necks to ipswich.
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Where I grew up in Long Island, NY, they were either called steamers or soft-shell clams. Boy, do I miss them!!

Sometimes during the summer a few seafood purveyors here in VA carry them once in awhile, but because of the thin, brittle shell they don't ship well, & also just generally have a shorter shelf life than hard-shell clams, so I don't get to have them very often since moving.

When I was a kid we used to dig for them all the time at low tide. You'd just walk around on the mud flats & sand bars looking for their siphon squirts, & then dig FAST. Of course, that was way back when all Long Island waters were all still clean & pristine & you didn't have to worry about "certified waters" & poisoning yourself.
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thank you, dr. freud.yup, they're also called steamers. but around here, steamers could be any clam that's steamed, from little necks to ipswich.
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:05 PM   #57
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Sorry for jumping in a bit late but love the soft shell clam.

When we lived in NY and MA soft shell clams=Ipswich clams=steamers=piss clams.

Although in NY they always seemed to serve them steamed, in New England they also love to deep fry them.

Nothing better than those guys battered and deep fried.

Used to be able to buy them in clam shacks in pint or quart sizes, everyone always seemed to have their own favorite place to go.

Steamed or fried, fried or steamed, that is the question.
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:22 PM   #58
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As a kid growing up, I used to eat fried clams by the bucketful. During the summer between high school and college, I developed an allergy to clams and can no longer eat them in any form.
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