How to Freeze Fresh Clams

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Things You'll Need

  • Colander

  • Butter knife

  • Plastic wrap

  • Plastic bags

  • Permanent marker

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Clams are mollusk that seafood connoisseurs eat in a variety of ways. Clam flavor varies according to the variety and size of the clam. When you purchase clams, make sure you select fresh clams that smell faintly of the sea. Remove the clams from the shells and store them in the refrigerator for up to one week, or freeze clams for up to approximately two months.


Step 1

Place the clams in the freezer for five minutes. This will make extricating them easier.

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Step 2

Remove the clams from the freezer and place them in the colander.

Step 3

Grasp a clam in one hand and insert the tip of the knife between the two halves of the shell.

Step 4

Slide the tip of the knife around the shell until you come to the hinge. Cut through the hinge.

Step 5

Separate the shell halves with your fingers and insert the tip of the knife between the top shell and the clam to separate them. Work the knife into this area until the entire clam comes loose from the clamshell. Repeat this with the bottom shell to extricate the clam completely.


Step 6

Wrap each clam separately in plastic wrap. Place the individually wrapped clams into the plastic bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible before sealing.

Step 7

Label the bag with the contents and date, then put it into the freezer.


When you're ready to eat your frozen clams, defrost them in the refrigerator for eight to 10 hours before cooking.


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