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Steaming Pis-Clams

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Nedrog Aug 7, 2008 08:20 AM

Hi,
New to the group. I am looking for a receipe and procedure to Steam Pis-Clams.

I love seafood & I would rather in this day and age cook it at home.
I live near Frederick, MD, but 1 of my daughters lives in Woodbridge, VA, and I found a source of the Pis-Clams at Wegmans in Woodbridge. They come in a net bag about 3 lbs at a very very reasonable price. I could not find a posted receipe here and was just wondering if someone reading might have one?

Please reply, thanks, Nedrog

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    Nedrog RE: Nedrog Aug 7, 2008 10:05 PM

    I have since found out that other names for the same clam is as follows:
    Manninose, piss-clam, long-neck clam, steamer, Ispwich clam, and belly clam, so that maybe my original title was overlooked... Thanks

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      mpalmer6c RE: Nedrog Aug 7, 2008 10:48 PM

      Don't know if i'd want to eat anything called a piss clam. But a google search will give you recipes for long necks and steamers.

    2. crosby_p RE: Nedrog Aug 8, 2008 03:59 AM

      I get them sometimes from the Wegmans in Hunt Valley. I just wash them very well, salt a pot of water, bring to a boil and add the clams...cook until they open. (Save the broth for drinking...it is yummy) Then pile em on a plate, get a cup of clarified butter...pull off the neck covering, dip the clam in broth then butter.

      What time shall I come over ;-)

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        Passadumkeg RE: crosby_p Aug 8, 2008 06:12 AM

        Agreed, crosby, but steam 'em (That's why they're called steamers.) in 1/2 in. water for dryer clams and richer broth. Also shuck raw, dip in batter and fry for fried clams. Or shuck and make some clam chowdah. I even shuck and use w olive oil and garlic in pasta dishes. I just gotta walk 200 yds to dig them. Eat some soft shell crab for me will ya? Doesn't exist here.
        ps We used to call them "pissers" because of the stream of water that shoots out of the clam hole in the mud or sand.

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          greenstate RE: Passadumkeg Aug 8, 2008 11:10 AM

          First soak them in a tub of cold water. This helps get rid of some of the grit and the clams that rise to the top should be discarded; they are not healthy to eat. Fill a pot with an inch of water and a sliced onion. Heat to boiling and add the clams. Cook about 5-8 minutes until they open and serve with clarified butter and broth. We call them steamers.

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            Passadumkeg RE: greenstate Aug 8, 2008 02:29 PM

            Ayuh, some folks put corn meal in the tub of cold water to help purge sand from the steamahs. Dunno about the onion though. Sounds like sumthun an new Yawk Yankeees fan would do. A little rockweed in w/ the steamahs helps give natral flavah. But just don'tt put no tomato in thah or you'll have some of that infernal Mahattan style chowdah.
            Almah

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              greenstate RE: Passadumkeg Aug 13, 2008 06:01 PM

              I am a Red Sox fan ALL the way, and the recipe for steaming clams with a sweet onion comes from a chef in Ipswich. I am talking about a big stock pot filled with clams and the onion adds a mere hint of flavor to the broth. Try it, you'll like it - promise.

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                bushwickgirl RE: greenstate Apr 8, 2010 08:08 PM

                My sis in MA makes a mean clam boil, larger steamers, onion, sliced chorizo, cayenne and enough water for a goodly amount of broth left for drinking. That's some good eats.

                Then there's the joy of fried whole belly clams, don't get me started.

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          Nedrog RE: crosby_p Aug 9, 2008 03:08 PM

          Is it better to just steam them in the boiling water, or to actually use a steamer pot where they would be in a seperate pot above the steam?

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            mrspl RE: Nedrog Apr 8, 2010 07:15 PM

            If you soak them in cold salt water for 1-2 hours before steaming I think it's best to use a steamer where they are separate from the water.
            They are also really good in a seafood stew/chowder!

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              anonymouse1935 RE: mrspl Jun 24, 2010 01:54 AM

              I find them repulsive, but DH loves them. I steam them in white wine and garlic.

              BTW, is it polite to ask a restaurant if their 'steamers' on the menu are piss-clams? DH has gotten steamed little necks many times, assuming they were piss-clams.

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                Passadumkeg RE: anonymouse1935 Jun 24, 2010 03:07 AM

                The "correct' phrase is soft shell clams as verses the hard shell little necks.

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