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Clams are bivalve, soft-bodied molluscs that live in shells, and there are many different varieties. The four main types are hard-shell, soft-shell, surf and razor clams, each suited to different cooking methods. Vongole are types of clams commonly used in cooking, especially pasta dishes.

Note about amines: Fresh seafood has low amine levels, but when older than two days the amine content rises to moderate, and any fish that has been frozen has high levels.
Category: Seafood - Mollusc
In Season: all year
To Buy:
It's easy to recognise good quality clams as they smell fresh, like the ocean. Most clams sold commercially have been cleaned, but check to ensure all the sand and grit has been removed.
To Store:
Clams keep in the fridge for about a week in a bowl covered with a damp towel, but should be cooked as close to buying as possible. To freeze, remove clam meat from the shells and wrap in freezer paper or plastic, then wrap again in a plastic bag. Will keep this way for two months.
Tips & Tricks:
Before cooking, scrub clams under running water with a stiff brush. To shuck clams, place in the freezer first for five minutes to loosen their hold. Hold the clam in your hand with the shell hinge aimed toward your palm. Insert a thin, dull knife (a sharp knife could cause serious harm) between the shell's edges. Work the knife slowly around so the hinge can be cut open, then pry open the shell and slide the knife between the clam and the top shell. Detach the clam by sliding the knife between it and the bottom shell.
Cooking Tips:
Clams can be steamed, pan fried or grilled.

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Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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