Monday, March 1, 2010
Pacific Razor Clams
Terry invited me to go razor clamming this past weekend. Last minute I declined the offer since they were going camping and I thought 3 adults and two very over active children would be too much in the travel trailer (of course I was right). It is a good thing my knowingness was was on alert because there were tsunami warnings. Evacuating with a travel trailer would have been a nightmare.
Anyhow the trip was successful and Terry brought home 75 beautiful Pacific Razor Clams. He called me on Sunday to come and help clean them. Since I have not cleaned razors before I hopped on over. There is a good tutorial and slide show at How to Clean Razor Clams that is really worth seeing for yourself. I have also written an article on razor clams that will be posted soon.
Razor clams are really large compared to the clams I grew up with in Massachusetts. OK, so I didn't actually grow up in the sand. You know what I meant. I also worked part time in a fish market while in High School and college so I saw a lot of clams. When I was young we used to go to this island called Brown's Island and at low tide would dig for clams, find an old beer can washed up on the beach, build a fire and steam the clams. It is a wonder we did not die from Red Tide or a rusty can. Now a days that would not be recommended at all.
The clams were not too bad to clean if you don't mind touching them. I guess some would find the yucky. There really wasn't much smell because they were so fresh. I am looking forward to frying some up and also making a chowda (that is chowder to the rest of you). If you have any really good clam recipes I would love to have you send them to me. I really would like to be able to make fried clams like they do at the Clam Box where my friend Marge took me when I visited Massachusetts in October!