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I'm looking for a great canned clam chowder

My son and I had several bowls of Legal Seafood clam chowder this weekend in Boston (from out of town) and I wanted to order a case of it for home. Unfortunately, it appears that they ship it only fresh on ice in quarts and gallons. While it would be delicious, it is not practical for what I'm looking for, as he is away at college and a can would be better. Anyone have a suggestion?

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  1. steakman55,

    Did you know many restaurants in New England use doctored Snow's brand clam chowder? I'm originally from Rhode Island and had some restaurant buddies, so that's how I came across that tidbit of info. Use Snow's and add an extra can of clams and a little cream or half and half. Just don't make it too thick, because that's NOT real:-)

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    1. Well, you may drum me out of New England for this, but the only canned Clam Chowder I like is Cambell's Chunky. One small caution...it tends to pop (i.e. explode) in the microwave if turned up too high. I usually stir in some milk before heating to avoid this.

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      1. re: DonShirer

        snows and campbell's i've tasted, and they are both pretty good. i'd give the edge to snow's, but it may not be widely available. always doctor!

        1. re: alkapal

          Try Campbell's Select. A little creamier and not as potatoey.

          1. re: mojoeater

            mojo, i think that is what i meant to refer to -- i think it was select.

        2. re: DonShirer

          Ditto Campbells. Bonus, the 99% fat free version is pretty good too.

          1. re: charmedgirl

            the fat free has lots of vegetable gums as thickeners. those gums have, um, side effects on me! ;-)

            1. re: alkapal

              Ack! Sorry to hear about that, Alkapal. I guess I'm lucky I have no such side effects....'Cause as low cal soups go, it really is pretty good!

              1. re: charmedgirl

                yeah, thanks charmedgirl, but you know, so many of these "creamy" soups have these "thickeners" -- i think even the regular campbell's new england clam chowder, iirc.

        3. I keep a few cans of Snow's in the cupboard, along with Andersen's split pea and Progresso lentil. All three of these, though, are so easy to make that I use the canned versions only when I want a quick fix - and since clam chowder's the easiest and quickest to make from scratch, those cans tend to get pretty old before I get around to them. Good thing they keep...

          1. You might try Jake's to see if it is anything like the one you had in Boston. I always add a pat of butter and a sprinkle of smoked paprika to any canned chowder. http://www.madeinoregon.com/detail.as...

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            1. re: BeefeaterRocks

              I like wolfgang's New England Clam Chowder. It's very good.

            2. BTW if you ever are in a position that chilled would be okay, they have chilled Legal Seafood packaged chowder (or did recently) at Costco. Comes in a package of two probably one-quart tubs, I can't remember the size exactly, but around there. Was about 10 bucks I think. Pretty good. I would think possibly not as good as what is made in the restaurant. Or maybe what they serve in the restaurant is exactly the same and comes in already prepared. I don't really know if they make it fresh there each day or what.

              1. Most canned clam chowders seem like cream of potato soup in sheep's clothing. But I use the Campbells, and turbocharge it with a whole can of Snow's minced or chopped clams, including the liquid. Top with Tabasco, cracked pepper, and oyster crackers and it's a passable lazy meal.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  If you really want some Down East whang, cook a little chopped bacon or salt pork in the pan before adding the liquids. Salt pork's more authentic, but I do like that smoky flavor.

                2. Here's a place I read some pretty good reviews about a few years back, I don't eat it, but maybe someone here can give a review.

                  I think they sell both refirgerated (I've seen it in some MArket Baskets, and canned.

                  Actually I thought I had read where they were going to supply Shaw's in their signature brands.


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                  1. re: hummingbird

                    Interesting - just yesterday I was in the local Star Market (part of the Shaw's chain) and saw Blount's clam chowder and lobster bisque. I was wondering if they were any good but didn't actually buy one. If I remember correctly, they were about $5 each for what looked like a pint-size refrigerated plastic tub.

                    I did look at the ingredients on the bisque and the list seemed legit - though I was struck by the fact that butter comes before lobster. I would not expect a lot of good lobster chunks from that ratio.

                  2. There used to be a great clam chowdah under the "American Original" label..
                    believe it now is under the Bumble Bee Brand...haven't had it in years but it was terrific

                    1. I've had Bar Harbor and liked it a lot. It has the added benefit of not having any additives--just clams, potatoes, onions, cream etc. I bought their lobster bisque this week, but haven't tried it. I can't compare the clam to Snow's, but I think it's far better than cambell's chunky--but then again, it's twice as much money.

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                      1. re: dct

                        Just ordered 12 cans of Bar Harbor Manhattan clam chowder online. It has the added benefit of being sugar free as opposed to Campbell's, Progresso, and Dominique's.
                        Have not seen in local stores.


                      2. No. Cans are cans. Get him a quart of Legal Seafood Chower. It will not spoil, it won't last that long ROFL!

                        1. I love Hormel's clam chowder in the little micro wave portions. I have lived in NE nearly all my life and when I did, I moved to Seattle. Anyway, I love chowder and Hormel's is really not bad for a lot of punch in a small package.