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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-06-06 10:58 AM
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14. Where in New England, pinto?
I'd guess somewhere in southern New England, south of Boston. I agree with you pinto -- it's a waste of littlenecks to use them in chowder.

(Soft-shelled) steamers were very common in Maine and quahogs were rare so we used steamers for everything. I think that's why the chowder is so different from the ones labeled 'New England' Chowder, because steamers are more delicate. The rare quahogs dug were chopped for clam cakes and baked clam recipes, or chopped and marinated in vinegar. I don't recall ever seeing small hardshells harvested in southern Maine.


n.b. for those who aren't familiar with the clams of New England,
this is a 'steamer' softshell clam:

It has a long 'neck' and a body that is plump like a mussel and the shell is easily broken.

Small hardshell clams (littlenecks) are steamed too, just like on the west coast.


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