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Clam Juice substitute

Shrinkrap Oct 27, 2013 05:06 PM

For the Cooks Illustrated jambalaya recipe.

I have a copy of the recipe and an online subscription, but the link to the article is broken, so I'm not quite sure why it's important. I have some dashi granules, and a few lobster shell's in the freezer, or I could just skip it. Any ideas?

  1. bobabear Oct 27, 2013 05:44 PM

    I'd use the dashi and lobster shells to make a quick seafood broth!

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      boo22 Oct 27, 2013 05:54 PM

      I think any seafood broth would work. I would just check the salt levels because clam juice tends to have a lot of added salt. My thought is that the clam juice adds the seafood essence with a little extra saltiness.

      1. greygarious Oct 27, 2013 06:03 PM

        Liquid from canned tuna, be it in water or in oil.

        1. Cherylptw Oct 27, 2013 06:05 PM

          I'd also use both the dashi granules & lobster shells for stock but any seafood will do to make stock. Keep in mind granules have a higher salt content than making stock without it. You can also sub chicken or veg stock or broth.

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            jeanmarieok Oct 27, 2013 06:05 PM

            Are you shelling shrimp? Boil up those shells to make a broth.

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            1. re: jeanmarieok
              Shrinkrap Oct 27, 2013 06:34 PM

              I'm using peeled except for tails from costco. I am using the lobster shells and dashi. I'll throw in the tails.

            2. c oliver Oct 27, 2013 06:18 PM

              Is there a problem with going to the store and buying a bottle? It widely available and doesn't cost much.

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              1. re: c oliver
                Shrinkrap Oct 27, 2013 06:34 PM

                The only problem is I don't feel like it. And I've already started the part with the wine...there is no part with the wine???

                :o

                And then I'll have unused frozen lobster shells, lots of granulated dashi, maybe some shrimp tails....

                From now on I will keep a bottle. Thought I had one....

                1. re: Shrinkrap
                  c oliver Oct 27, 2013 06:39 PM

                  I know what you mean :) I don't remember the ingredient but the other day I didn't make the dish cause the ingredient was that important. As Scarlet O'Hara said "I'll think about this tomorrow." Or something like that.

              2. Gastronomos Oct 27, 2013 06:36 PM

                skip it. if you want to use stock, chicken broth works just fine as a sub, otherwise, gasp! I would use water.

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