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Shellfish, Clams

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Description

There are two basic varieties of clams – Hard Shell Clams and Soft Shell clams.

Soft shell clams found in the Atlantic include the ubiquitous steamer. Other East Coast hard shell clams include littleneck (<2 inches), cherrystone (a little bit larger at about 2 1/2 inches) and the quahog, also known as the large or chowder clam (3 inches or more).

The most notable west coast hard shell clams are the pismo found on Pismo beach. Small butter clams are found further north in the Puget Sound area are small and very tender clams. Soft shells found on the west coast include the razor clam and the geoduck clam (pronounced gooeyduck). Geoducks are a large six inch clam that can have a neck as long as two feet.

 

Selecting & Storing

In the colder East Coast and Pacific Northwest waters, clams are available year round. Further south on the West Coast, the season ranges from November to April. When buying hard shell clams, tap the shell and the clam should close. If it doesn’t, it is dead. Soft shell clams should retract and move a bit when the protruding neck is touched. Fresh clams can be gritty. You can soak them in water with a bit of cornmeal to help purge any grit inside the shell. Make sure that you add a little salt to the water (clams are, after all, saltwater animals). Use about 1/3 of a cup of salt in a gallon of cool water. You don’t need much cornmeal – two tablespoons or so. The clams will feed on the cornmeal and expel the grit inside the shells.

Special diets
  • AIP Diet
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Diet
  • Grain-Free Diet
  • High Protein Diet
  • Low FODMAP Diet
  • Low Lectin Diet
  • Low Oxalate Diet
  • Paleo Diet (Light)
  • Paleo Diet (Strict)
  • Pescetarian Diet
  • Primal Diet
  • Whole Food
Benefits
Excellent Source of
  • Iron
  • Protein
  • Selenium
  • VitaminB12
  • Manganese
Good Source of
  • VitaminC
  • Copper
  • Riboflavin
  • EPA DHA Omega-3
  • Phosphorous
Preferences
  • No Fish
  • No Red Meat
  • No Pork
  • No Eggs
  • No Gluten
  • No Nuts
  • No Seeds
  • No Soy
  • No Dairy
  • No Poultry
  • No Molds
  • No Pseudograins
  • No Coconut
  • No Citrus
  • No Nightshade
  • No Legumes
  • No Corn
  • No Yeast
  • No Peanuts
  • No Grains
  • Low Carbohydrate
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Low Sugars
  • Low Saturated Fat
Nutrition & Macros
Nutrition Information

Serving size: 3 ounce(s)clam

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Calories: 62

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 1 : 1

Macronutrients
Amount
Total Fat
0.81 g
Saturated Fat
0.08 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.07 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.24 g
Trans Fat
0.01 g
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3)
119 g
ALA
3 mg
EPA
58 mg,
DHA
61 mg,
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA)
0 mg
Cholesterol
28.56 mg
Total Carbohydrate
2.16 g
Net Carbohydrate
2.16 g
Sugars
0 g
Fiber
0 g
Protein
10.73 g
Sugar Alcohols
0 g
Vitamins
Amount
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
252 IU
5%
Vitamin C
10.92 mg
18%
Vitamin D
3.36 IU
1%
Vitamin E
0.26 IU
1%
Vitamin B6
0.05 mg
2%
Vitamin B12
41.53 mcg
692%
Vitamin K
0.17 mg
0%
Folate
13.44 mcg
3%
Niacin
1.48 mg
7%
Riboflavin
0.18 mg
11%
Thiamin
0.07 mg
5%
Choline
54.6 mg
10%
Minerals
Calcium
38.64 mg
4%
Copper
0.29 mg
14%
Iron
11.74 mg
65%
Magnesium
7.56 mg
2%
Manganese
0.42 mg
21%
Phosphorous
141.96 mg
14%
Potassium
263.76 mg
8%
Selenium
20.41 mcg
29%
Sodium
47.04 mg
2%
Zinc
1.15 mg
8%
Phytonutrients
Alpha-carotene
0 mcg
Beta-carotene
0 mcg
Beta-cryptoxanthin
0 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
0 mcg
Lycopene
0 mcg

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