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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-06-06 09:58 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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  -Looking for advice on clam chowder troubleinwinter  Nov-05-06 10:44 AM   #0 
  - here's my recipe....  mike_c   Nov-05-06 10:57 AM   #1 
  - Oh that looks WONDERFUL!  troubleinwinter   Nov-05-06 11:46 AM   #2 
  - I wonder what the difference is  troubleinwinter   Nov-05-06 11:49 AM   #3 
  - Yes. That's the only difference that I've ever  wakemeupwhenitsover   Nov-05-06 11:55 AM   #4 
     - I love corn in all forms!  troubleinwinter   Nov-05-06 12:08 PM   #5 
  - Sounds great. I grew up with a similar, simple N.E. recipe:  pinto   Nov-05-06 07:31 PM   #11 
  - mike_c posted a good version of the 'New England' type  Gormy Cuss   Nov-05-06 12:33 PM   #6 
  - Now see....  troubleinwinter   Nov-05-06 01:24 PM   #7 
     - Oh! You'll never see steamers there.  Gormy Cuss   Nov-05-06 03:23 PM   #9 
        - hahahahaha!!!!!  troubleinwinter   Nov-05-06 04:07 PM   #10 
  - About canned clams .......  Husb2Sparkly   Nov-05-06 01:47 PM   #8 
  - In New England we always used quahogs for chowder.  pinto   Nov-05-06 09:13 PM   #12 
     - When I was a kid, we used to get fresh quahogs by a small island in ........  Husb2Sparkly   Nov-06-06 12:11 AM   #13 
     - Where in New England, pinto?  Gormy Cuss   Nov-06-06 09:58 AM   #14 
        - Newburyport/Cape Ann - We always steamed Ipswich clams.  pinto   Nov-06-06 01:16 PM   #16 
           - Ah, so we know both know the true steamers.  Gormy Cuss   Nov-06-06 01:34 PM   #17 
              - The Clam Box! Yeah.  pinto   Nov-06-06 01:59 PM   #18 
  - My grandmother's recipe  wryter2000   Nov-06-06 01:09 PM   #15 
  - Wow! You raised a great daughter!  jeanarrett   Nov-06-06 05:17 PM   #19 

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