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Old 04-01-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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I searched and see lots of recipes to do with clams once they are clean and many sound great.

Let's start at the beginning though.

What method has proven best for getting those things clean of the sand? We caught limits of varnish clams out of Lincoln City in Siletz bay. I soaked them in in salt water for 3 hours, then ice'd tap water with corn meal on top for 30 minutes.

Can't say if it made a huge difference or not, still had what seemed like a lot of sand.

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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I searched and see lots of recipes to do with clams once they are clean and many sound great.

Let's start at the beginning though.

What method has proven best for getting those things clean of the sand? We caught limits of varnish clams out of Lincoln City in Siletz bay. I soaked them in in salt water for 3 hours, then ice'd tap water with corn meal on top for 30 minutes.

Can't say if it made a huge difference or not, still had what seemed like a lot of sand.
just put them in ocean or bay salt water, add corn meal, leave for couple hours and they should purge sand out.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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We calm Netarts for steamers all the time. We grab a 5 gal bucket of Netarts Bay water and drop the clams in for 8-20 hours running a fish tank air pump, long hose and air stone into the bucket. Our clams are always sand free for lunch or dinner the next day.

Not sure if that would work with Eastern/Varnish Clams of other Bay's water. I do know generally ocean clam don't like fresh water, they probably just clam up from the chlorine and such.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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This weekend was my first time clamming. Got a couple of limits of purple varnish clams. I let them soak for about 12 hours in salt water. Then put them in boiling water to get them to open. Then they went right into an ice bath. Then took them out of the shell and removed all of the black goo. Not sure if this wash the correct way to go about it but it is what google came up with.

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Sand. That's the gripe I hear about those varnish clams. I pretty much stay with razors or butter clams for just that reason.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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Varnish clams are about the worst for holding onto sand in my experience. Took 48 hours to purge and that meant a few times I had to filter out the water. Corn meal did not speed up the process when I tried. True steamers clean out pretty quick for me. Took about 12 hours last time.
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So, where would decent locations be for digging steamers, razors and butters?
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So, where would decent locations be for digging steamers, razors and butters?
Generally speaking, the best digging tends to be near an ocean or bay. Usually during a low or minus tide. In sand or mud.
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So, where would decent locations be for digging steamers, razors and butters?
A little research on the ODFW web site should give you some leads.
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So, where would decent locations be for digging steamers, razors and butters?
There are lots of them. For bay clams, my personal favorite is Netarts. There are tons of clams there and digging a limit is way easier than cleaning one. ODFW pretty well lines you out, and if you go to a good clamming area at a minus tide, you won't be alone. Observe, ask questions, most people are pretty friendly.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shell...lams/index.asp

For razors, you are talking about the clatsop county beaches or driving up to Long Beach in WA.

Again, lots of good info from ODFW. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shell...lams/index.asp

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:07 PM   #11
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Generally speaking, the best digging tends to be near an ocean or bay. Usually during a low or minus tide. In sand or mud.
That narrowed it down.
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