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Old 06-06-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default How long do Razor Clams stay alive??

I went clamming yesterday and when I got home I was too lazy to clean them. Every clam that I pick up today seems to be still moving around. How long do the stay alive after taking them out of the ocean???

Usually when bringing the calms home I put them in a bowl with ice and I think that the fresh water kills them. This time I just brought them home still in the bag and then put in a bowl and into the refrig.

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Old 06-06-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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This time I just brought them home still in the bag and then put in a bowl and into the refrig.
You did the right thing.

They can still exchange oxygen thru the air, and their metabolism is slowed by the fridge so they're not requiring as much oxygen.

They will stay alive for 2 days, pretty sluggish by the third day.

When I clean 'em the day of, the cut up parts are still moving the next day... muscle is still alive!

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Old 06-06-2010, 04:29 PM   #3
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I've kept them alive till the next day just by keeping them outside in the cold air.
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If you need to keep them alive the best method is in a container like a bucket or a bowl that is covered with a wet dish cloth in the fridge. A more natural method of keeping the moisture in is using kelp of some kind over the top. The key is a cold, moist environment. Don't keep them submerged. For bay clams I leave them outside in a bucket of sea water over night to let them purge themselves of sand but then pour off the water and store them in the fridge like I mention above.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:55 PM   #5
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I went clamming yesterday and when I got home I was too lazy to clean them. Every clam that I pick up today seems to be still moving around. How long do the stay alive after taking them out of the ocean???

Usually when bringing the calms home I put them in a bowl with ice and I think that the fresh water kills them. This time I just brought them home still in the bag and then put in a bowl and into the refrig.
I hit a late tide a few years ago and got back to town at like 1 or 2am the next morning. I was going to clean the clams after work the next day, but I got a 8am call that the family dog of 14 years had passed and ended up driving to Seattle. Got back a few days later, and the clams were still alive in the cooler. The were in the cooler in the fridge for nearly 5 days before I cleaned them. So I can vouch for at least 5 days. Tasted fine.

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