Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Low Tides & Open Clam Season

There are low tides on Washington beaches this week and clam season is open.  Bob went with some friends, yesterday to a local beach and got his limit of yummy butter (steamer) clams.  After soaking them in a bucket of salt water overnight, we had them for dinner tonight.  After scrubbing their shells with a brush, I plopped them into a big pan of buttery water, brought it to a boil and let them simmer for about 10 mins after their shells pop open.

I melted butter, added a little garlic powder and we were ready to dip and eat clams.   I did cook a big pan of fresh broccoli to go along with the clams to counteract the butter consumption.  LOL

P.S. the limit is 40 clams or 8 pounds per day during the open season.


lv2trnscrb said...

yum!! I have never had fresh clams like this! how long is the season and how many is in a limit? how often can Bob go get them?

looks great, bet they tasted delicious!


jjdolfin9 said...

My ex loved steamed clams that we got off of Sebatian Beach in Florida.  I have never aquired a taste for them.  I love sea food (mostly shrimp and lobster) but can't do clams and oysters.  Enjoy.
Hugs, Joyce

mariealicejoan said...

Neither Todd nor I can eat Clams as we are allergic, but I know that to the people who can this would be a real boon!!

ally123130585918 said...

How lovely Linda to be able to go collect clams ~ I havn't ever tried one but I do love sea food of any kind ~ I especially like shrimps ~cockles ~ and Crab ~ Crabs are in season at the moment we went to the coast yesterday and bought one each and really enjoyed them when we got home ~ they had been dressed so we didn't have to do anything to them and they were delicious ~ Ally x

jlocorriere05 said...

I've never tried clams but I like a lot of shellfish ~ shrimps, crabs, mussels etc. I'm glad you enjoyed them but I don't think I could eat them with all that butter, I don't ever eat butter or low fat spreads as I don't like the taste. Maybe I could try clam chowder! Jeannette xx  

jeadie05 said...

Oh how delious ,I nearly ate my moniter ...love Jan xx

abicequeen said...

Morning Linda,

Well my first experience as a "Prairie Chicken" was one summertime we were on Vancouver Island camping with friends and went clam digging and then they cooked them on the BBQ....they were delicious and something I have never eating.  
I will be hesitant to tell my hubby about your blog as he misses his ocean and coast and ESPECIALLY at this time of year.....and NOW with ALL our snow still on the ground it really has become very depressing.
The other end of the country are have 20C and in shorts and sandals.

Blessings to you and Bob

Love Lori

wwfbison said...

MMMMMM...they look & sound very good.  How nice to be able to go & harvest your own clams.  

sdoscher458 said...

I love Washington state, as I think I mentioned my sister lives close to Portland. Now with my son moving out there I can see traveling more in my future. I think the diversity of the rivers, the ocean and the mountains just bring out the beauty of nature for me. My hubby hates the cold and would move further south if I let him...he's like a darn iguana..lol.  I like a climate that changes...oh, well I will just have to visit snow..love your pictures....love, Sandi

justplainbill said...

Linda, now you did it. I will be off to track down some clams. I have a weakness fotr them and they are my favorite. Trouble is I can only buy a bag of fifty and can't find anyone to share them with.
The brocolli looked a little blured but that is OK bevause I won't eat it anyhow.
Wish I haad a clam beach near here. Bill

pharmolo said...

We can pick clams at any time that we can reach them - which is not often.

jimsulliv3 said...

Although I prefer oysters, I love clams too. I didn't know there was a limit on them.


robinngabster said...

Hmmm I have never had clams.  Michael just had them for the first time and he said he LOVED them.  I guess I will have to try them one day.  Anything dipped in butter has to be good.  :)   Loved the pics, that was cool seeing the process.