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Aug 27, 2006 10:42 AM

Hunting for Geoduck

Has anyone done this before? I know some parks have it near Seattle.

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  1. Yes, I've done it. Do you have a specific question?

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    1. re: taco_belle

      Yeah take me through the whole experience? What do I need? Where do I go? When do I go? Do you know how to prepare it?

      1. re: designerboy01

        I've gathered geoduck on Hood Canal in Washington State when there is a very low tide. The traditional way to take them involved looking for a breathing hole in the sand surface, shoving a piece of stove pipe down around the hole and then digging fast. When I was younger, I found it easier to skip the pipe and just dig.

        We ground or chopped them for chowder. I know they are used for sushi and/or sashimi, but I'm not a big fan.

        1. re: taco_belle

          I had them just blanched very quickly in hot water and served with soy sauce and corriander/scallions. Its pretty good that way and simple. But its thinly sliced.

    2. I collected shellfish a few times when I lived in Seattle. Get in touch with the Washington State Dept. Fish and Wildlife. Each May they publish a guide of which beaches, the amount, size, and what types of shellfish you can safely and legally collect.

      1. If you come up empty from your Geoduck hunt, Taylor Shellfish is farming them and usually have some for sale at the U-District Farmer's Market.

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        1. re: chococat

          Yes they do Taylors is always a safe bet for geoduck at the weekly markets. Now that my wife and I are on the eastside and deprived of our puget sound beaches we were very excited to see them at the Bellevue Farmers market. Going there tomorrow in fact now that its that time of year again and will certainly be preparing some Geoduck Risotto!