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Looking for cheap fresh clams

I'm looking to get 8 dozen clams without spending a fortune. I need somewhere in the city that's open until (at least) 7, and ideally somewhere not too far from Market or Haight Street - I'm thinking the Chinatown markets - are they open until 7?

Also, this is an odd question, but I also need a large amount of bottled claim juice/broth - the only brand at Safeway was $3.20 for 8oz. - anyone know a better place.

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  1. Not close to Market or Height, but New May Wah is always a good bet out on Clement.

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      1. Also not close, but Manila Mart on Mission near Silver has fresh clams. Not sure if they have the juice, but if they do, the price is probably better than Safeway.

        1. For your clam broth, you might buy a two pack of chopped sea clams at Costco and filter out the clams. Each can is 51 oz. I'm not crazy about the clams because there is sometimes sand in them, but if you have a fine mesh strainer, you can use the broth. I think the two cans cost around $1

          1. For your clam broth, you might buy a two pack of chopped sea clams at Costco and filter out the clams. Each can is 51 oz. I'm not crazy about the clams because there is sometimes sand in them, but if you have a fine mesh strainer, you can use the broth. I think the two cans cost around $13 so if you retain 80 oz of broth, that's less than half the cost of Safeway.

            1. You are going to have some logistical problems. That many clams will require a place with aeriated salt water...like 99 Ranch. Better call and order that many. On the broth, Smart and Final has very reasonably price jars of concentrated clam broth (paste), for about $5.00 per jar. Been using it for years for chowder and clam sauce. Minor's also has a clam broth, but very expensive. On certain days, Costco has manila clams in quantity in bags of 1-2 doz. You might call first.

              1. Molly Stone's has fresh clams on sale for $5.49/lb this week. I got some at a reasonable price (maybe $3.99/lb?) from the Tomales Bay vendor at the Alemany Farmer's Market too. You could try to special order them. Otherwise try Sun Fat on Mission or make the trek to M.O.M. or Ranch 99 as others have indicated.

                1. The water you cook the clams in will _be_ clam broth. Even a small number of clams (of whichever type is cheapest) will flavor a broth quite strongly. I typically use half a dozen cherry stone clams and several (say 2-3) cups water. More water would be fine.

                  Bring the water to a boil while you're waiting scub the claim shells to get rid of dirt and sand. Put into the water and cook until opened. Strain through a fine mesh to eliminate any sand.

                  This will be much better then canned, jarred, bottled or drained broth.

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                  1. re: boris_qd

                    I thought similarly. The Manilas I get at Ranch 99 are kept in flowing water and are very clean and have very few non-opens.
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6444...

                  2. I was in Tokyo Fish this morning buying some scallops ( day boat ) and saw that they have 46 oz cans of clam broth for $3.49@ or something like that. ($4.39?) Ingredients are listed as clam juice/liquid and salt. Never tried it before but this could be a very good deal!?