Storing clams in a cooler?
Im going camping this week, and I wont have access to a refrigerator. I wanna bring some clams with me. Whats the best way to transport them and keep them fresh while camping? Im purchasing them Thursday morning, leaving immediately, they'll spend about 2 hours in a car, then planning on eating them Thursday evening. From what I gather with a google search its very important not to expose them to melting ice. So, here is what I was thinking. In the bottom of the cooler put a bag of ice, still in the bag. Cover with newspapaer. Place clams on top, then cover with another bag of ice. Should I leave the cooler cracked a few inches to allow oxygen to get in? Should I close the cooler tightly? Is there a better way to keep these absolutely as fresh as possible?
How many clams are you talking about? Unless it's over 4-5 pounds, I'm thinking just a bottom layer of ice should suffice. And if they're only going to be in the car for 2 hours or so, the closed cooler should be fine for that amount of time, but I'd definitely open it for a little while upon arrival at your campsite to give them some air.
Then I'd put 2 bags of ice in the bottom of the cooler, cover with the newspaper (or plastic grocery bags) & add your clams. I wouldn't put more ice on top. Then close your cooler, drive to your destination & open the cooler to let in fresh air. Maybe carry an extra bag of ice in another cooler or container just to be on the safe side. But this should work fine.