The Definitive Washington Coast Razor Clam 101
it's time for
washingtonshellfish quest this episode the
washingtonshellfish questions blake here i'm down at grayland and this is the
washington101. ah i just freaked out a bunch of kids so yeah this is going to be my my
clam101 style video i'm going to go ahead and cover all these sections over here woof that's a lot of sections well luckily a lot of those sections took place even before i hit the beach so i'm going to turn it back to you blake of night before thank you blake of the future well let's talk about
clamseasons here in
washingtonstate so it usually runs about october through april i've seen it open a little earlier i've seen some september digs and i've seen some mayday so i've seen it close a little later as well but in general it's a nice fun thing to do in the fall in the winter and the early spring now you can't go out and dig every day you gotta check fish and wildlife's website pretty regularly to make sure you know the right days to dig they will release the tentative dig dates usually in batches then you gotta check again to make sure they're go when it comes closer and i'll tell you why here in a second that is because there's basically two things that can close a dig so maybe the most major and the one that the reason you have to double check is marine biotoxins which i believe is down the page...
bit here yes it is so there we go uh it says during certain times of the year marine biotoxins you know yadda yadda however really it's any time of the year now i mean it it used to be associated more with summer back in the day that is no longer at all accurate you know some of the worst marine biotoxin blooms we've seen in the state now have you know started in december you know or you know or when all year so marine biotoxins can close a beach it can close beaches it can close the
coastand that can be for as little as a couple of weeks or as much as most as a season we've lost entire seasons to it i can think of two in about the last oh 20 something years where we've lost either the entire season or day near close to it so that's why you got to check again is that we have a world-class marine biotoxin monitoring program here and they're out there monitoring all the time so you know they will cancel a dig you know like right before if it's if if anything's detected i'm not going to go into marine biotoxins because i did a video strictly about it was the only thing i was doing on that video so i will link to that at the end of this video if you want to learn more about marine biotoxins in
washingtonstate then the other thing is just low abundance so that can affect the season as you can imagine we have five beaches in
washingtonstate and the fish and wildlife goes out the tribes and they they do the sampling where they put a cylinder in...
the ground like this that's open-ended and they put pump water into and it actually makes the
clams float up and they get i don't know if it's by meter or by feeder by acre but they get a sample size for each beach that's how they've they've determined the population and how many digs can occur so it seems to work seems to work fine so that's that's the things that they used to you know determine how long the season will be of course always check the website and the beaches switch so it's pretty rare that all the beaches are open at one time usually it's maybe two or three beaches are open on any given dig sometimes the marine bio toxins will affect an area of the
coastand i've seen seasons where like only long beaches open or i've seen the reverse we're like long beaches closed the whole season so you know because marine bio toxins you know one way or the other so you have to check the website frequently and speaking of checking the website and rigs let's talk about the rigs now so you know like i say be sure to check the rate yourself because i could misinterpret regs or misremember stuff or not tell you the right information as much as the next speller you can get 15 limits 15
clams i mean you can't get 15 limits only one limit one limit but it's 15
clams uh so it says returns to 15 because they actually get did 20 because we did have bad marine biotoxins last year and they were such a surplus you know of...
clams on the beaches they they have to limit the five but they had to reduce them uh to uh pretty much see the season through the spring digs so it's back to 15 and for all intents and purposes 15 clans is all i've ever seen it be besides that very brief period last year in 2021 when they upped it to 20. let's see you have to actively dig that means you can't dig other people's
clams for them rap people dig them for you i have you know that can be a little tough you know hopefully hopefully the game wardens are using the best professional judgment there in like a friendly way because i have you know i've been out with people with bad backs or kids and that sort of thing this is one of those things where yeah don't quote me on this you know don't take me to court but i you know i've gotten
clams up into the whole as long as the person can like get them out of the hole then like i think that's been okay you know i've never been being called on it at least but that is tougher when you're like either really little and you're trying to participate you can't get the
clamup or you know you you are older but you're not technically disabled so i don't know i mean maybe don't listen to me on that but you do have to be actively participating i'll tell you that much you can't just like stand there with your bag and have someone like dump them in for you'll get get a ticket if you get caught doing that for...
sure and speaking of bags you have to keep them all in your own container so you i don't think you can like have 30 in one bag so it looks like you might have gotten 30 and the person actually got none and then you also have to keep every
clamthat you dig regardless of condition and why that is is if you dig them up there's a good chance they won't be able to get back down especially if they're crushed so most people that as i'll cover later in the video use guns now and uh guns opposed to shovels they tend you put them down and if that
clams at a weird angle you can even crack it which will ruin a lot of the meat but you've also killed the
clamso that's why they make you keep it and then the other thing would be people trying to put back ones that are really small so that's why if you dig up a small one just move you know you have to keep it but then move down the beach try to find some some bigger pockets of
clams and i think that is about it yeah back in the day uh not too far well maybe 15 years ago we used to have to pin our licenses to us so they were visible so you'd have to get like a clothes pin and you'd have to have your license on your sleeve or your pant leg or something so that the game wardens could just you know look at the beach with binoculars and then you know like probably walk out if they didn't see your license uh like i said about 15 years ago they did away with that so that is no longer a thing sometimes...
when i talk to old-timers and people haven't been going for a while they'll have forgotten that that's no longer a requirement but it is not any longer just have to have your license in your pocket you know somewhere on your body and then the last thing i'll cover here in computer land is uh where and when to dig so i believe on this website oh i take that back i'm going to cover one thing after that uh but let's see
razorclan beaches so where and when so the wind no where oh i'm covering them up there they are don't know i'm still kind of covering them up sorry about that folks so clay lock up there to the far north that one tends to be open the very very least it'll go a long time without being open sometimes and then uh mock rocks kapalas uh twin harbors and long beach i feel like twin harbors has become the most hit because if you're coming from puget opolis whatever it's called you know greater seattle area twin harbors is technically the closest although you can go a little further north of the palace and mock rocks which are generally considered to have a little better digging as far as the size of the
clams goes that said something you know i've had plenty of days at twin harbors where i just get nothing nothing but moss backs which is what i call the real big
clams so well maybe not nothing but but a lot of them so those are the five beaches you know you can see here long beach is obviously the longest well...
let's see what else about the beaches oh yeah when so i would say uh you know you want to get there i'd say 90 minutes early you know no less than an hour early when i say early i mean low tide so between an hour and two hours uh before low tide i'd say you know the least experienced you are maybe get there you know earlier you know if possible most as far as the wind goes most
washingtondigs are at night so there's always some in the winter that that you know like the low tide will be at like 5 p.m so you'll get there at 3 30 and have nothing but light you know in december and uh same thing in the fall you know for those you know september digs where you'll get there and it's you know kind of in the middle of the day and that's great but then you know most of her at night mass enjoyed here at night until usually april then it flips and all of a sudden they start being in the morning and those are the digs people love and i believe that's why fish and wildlife put the limit back down to 15. because those digs get hit hard you go out to the
coastyou can dig your
clams by 7 a.m and then have like a wonderful day on the
coastyou know spend all your money on the
coastit's important keep you know keep all those uh you know local businesses going you know any every dollar spent on the
coastis a dollar well spent and it's uh yeah those are very popular tides you know largely because they are daylight you know people always go out...
there for the weekend yeah very good they know that's the last
clams you'll get of the year too you know is in april so that is the win of it and then let's see here what was the other thing is oh yeah it's going to cover uh best conditions so this is kind of my secret weapon when it comes to
clammy i really like this website here it is called magic seaweed so you can use the noaa surf forecast but
clams will be further down in the sand if it's just been pounding surf or howling winds i mean they kind of kind of go you know hand in hand you can go to the gnome brewing forecast you know that will give you more information specific so this is just kind of uh or not i'm sorry information specific location specific information i mean so this is kind of just a uh a general uh what's the word i'm looking for indicator indicator that's the word sorry about that so this is an indicator you know of what the
coastis like although it's only a westport you know so kind of middle of the
coastso this is for surfers you know so basically probably good high surf is which might be good for surfers is bad for
clams so if i was looking at this let's pretend all of these are you know
clamdig uh days which they're not let's say that they are this is uh going backwards so this is actually january for january second third fourth fifth i think this might start out in england or something that's why it's reversed to how you know the...
american the american away you know of putting the month first than the date so this is the date first so you know uh so at any rate today the the surf looks great you know that's really low surf however look at the wind it's uh up to 40 miles an hour you know that's uh that is gale winds out there you don't want to you know go against those then the next day the ocean is you know cranky you know probably from the larger from the winds and also 30 miles an hour and it starts to calm down this tuesday i think i would probably go out there i'm looking for basically winds maybe in the 15 mile an hour range or lower you know and i don't really have a limit for the surf i'd say under 10 feet i like you know but lower the better you know because this is just going to pound less that way you know also come up it won't come up so far on the beach if that makes sense so you'll have more
clamarea then the surf looks really good here on wednesday so if there was a dig like big wednesday here yeah like that'd be great but then the wind picks up so forget that so really looking at this whole area i'd say saturday you know saturday if i had to pick one of these days in these raw plan days you got winds not exceeding 15 miles an hour and you got surf six to ten feet that seems like kind of a bluebird day so this is a something i really recommend and i've had a lot of friends you know thank me for this recommendation is magicseaweed.com and i...
think it does have a couple different spots in
washingtoni think has three different spots so go ahead and check that out well this has made something of a ramble so i'm going to turn it back to you beach blake all right so here we are we're at the beach playing executed so let's go over our gear so most people are going to use a
clamgun and i'm going to show you three different varieties so this is a pretty common one this is metal and it's got the air hole right here so the way this works is you put it down in a swiveling motion without your finger on the air hole so that you can you know push it down against the sand and then you you know pump it up and kind of uh not drying to your back but kind of jarring to the
clamgun motion to get it up and a lot of people like these you know it's got this longer neck because it's kind of good for the back the cheapo version the version i usually use is this uh pvc version so this one the air holes right on top is the cheapest of the
clamp guns same thing just you put the uh you put your thumb up here you know that when you get to make the suction go up this is the one i'll use today now these will break but you just go ahead and saw off the edges as they get a little rough and the third and final one uh is a
clamgun that has uh it has this little uh extra kind of air vent on the side there's a very expensive gun called the
clamhog that has like i think a couple of them but the this is supposed...
to make it easier because as you go down it relieves pressure you know it's going down the hole so basically the air kicks up helps us go down smoother and the hole on this one is right under here so that's a third type of
clamping for you now 90 of diggers heck i'm going to say 95 98 99 percent of diggers these days use a
clamgun however the traditional method is a
clamshovel growing up in lewis county you're basically uh poked fun at your manly hood was brought into question if you did not use a
clamshell it was basically like not knowing how to drive a manual you know if you only drove out of actual transmissions but i will say there is an art to the
clamshovel that there's not to the
clamgun it's kind of the artesian way to do it it's kind of like the fly fishing experience versus the terminal gear experience so i mean you're really like hunting the
clamat that point and they're trying to get away from you oh hey before i go down let me go ahead and talk about lights really quick because most
washingtonstate are usually after dark you know in the in the fall and the winter they're usually in the dark not always like today you know beautiful uh evening it's not going to be dark for about another 45 minutes and then in the spring they usually flip to morning low tides like in april it's great and in may you know if they have the digs then they're they're nice and early and bright it's...
wonderful you can get up and
clamped and have the rest of your day but uh you know for most of the year that is that's not the case it's usually in the dark but uh yeah here i am because i wanted to film this video so at any rate a lot of people use a little headlamp like this so that's fine you can put a headlamp on maybe put an emphasis on what you're looking at however do not let that be your only light source that will be a frustrating night for you it could even impact whether you limit out or not so you know i think the best thing is probably honestly like a good old-fashioned lantern but i'd say second second best is something like this something with a lot of lumens as you can see i got a strap on this uh it's not strapping so well right now but usually i go around my neck and it sits on my chest you know i kind of face it downwards so wherever my body's looking the the entire ground is just illuminated and that just opens up my range of vision like it was daytime so i'm not going to shine this right into the camera but i mean this is you know a squid quality light you know so if you have like a squinting light that's not running off a giant battery that's a great way to go about it so at any rate there you go so like i said head can't headlamp is okay but be sure you got something that's packing a lot of juice i think having it off of your chest or a lantern that lights the whole area is the way to go because then...
it just not depend on where your head is and then you're also not blinding the other
clamors as well when you're looking around then one thing you definitely don't want to forget either is a
clambag so something to keep your
clams in this bag here is a good option they have finer mesh bags too if you forget one you can use just like a plastic bag but they are
clams and sometimes they will slice through that so but so yeah if you can't just try to remember a nice bag i've seen people take like a plastic melt carton too and you just poke some holes in the bottom so the water can drain out and just cut like a hole in the top so that's that's an option but yeah this is this is nice here i just keep it around my belt and then uh last but certainly not least is you notice a little cooler to take them home i will go into how to get them home and how to clean them after i get them all right so let's talk about the shows here is from the department of fish and wildlife three types of common shows there you know obviously the donut holes are wonderful maybe i'd add a fourth one just called a pinhole because proposed to a keyhole because sometimes if it's tough digging like even just a little shift in the sand or just the teeniest of holes you just kind of kind of got to roll the dice on and see if that's a
clamtoday that's not going to be a problem it's going to be real good digging so uh that shouldn't be an issue...
we should just see holes like this and like i said the fourth one i'd add is just when they're necking on the surface when you're in the water in the first
clamp episode i did about eight years ago i had a lot of problems trying to keep my camera dry so i'm just gonna use this chest cam also set it on the ground to get some shots of me from afar but it's just going to be voice over stuff because i just don't want to uh break my camera again i think at the beach in three quadrants so well let's say four quadrants so first there is the quadrant that there is not
clams in it's usually about above like plus 2.5 tideline uh you'll see little holes and if you're a first timer you might try to dig them but those are either sand shrimp or worm holes if it's just like a bunch of little pin pricks by each other you go down a little deeper you know like plus two and lower and then you're getting to where some
clams might be you know and let's say it's the ocean's receded you know a few hundred feet so that's where you're probably if you're not seeing shows you can bang around and get them to what's called show pop and that's when they uh the show kind of pops they say the
clampops uh because you you know kind of uh alert it and then it tries to dig down away from you then i see the next part of the beach is where the you know the waves are just kind of leaving you know it's a stage stage...
three you know it's uh it's kind of the waves are maybe still touching it but that's a nice fresh area a lot of people haven't trampled it yet that's a great place just to look for shows visually maybe have someone go stomping around on it in front of you just find the shows or uh you know again take take your your shovel or your gun put your finger over the air socket and just go boom boom boom and that that can make some show pops too but you're going to see a lot more just shows on the surface there if the weather was nice the day before as we discussed then the last stage and my favorite to be in is the water itself you're actually in the surf you know you're wearing your waders instead of just a pair of boots and you'll see them necking and you'll see little v's form around the necks so it takes a little experience to tell that away from a pebble and it usually does need to be nice conditions like this so there's where you'll see most shovel diggers you just do one scoop go to a knee and one fluid method and the
clamshould be there it takes a little practice but i think if you do put in the time for the shovel you'll find it's well worth it i know a lot of people really like the like the guns and i get it because it's easy i like it too you know i i actually use the gun most of the time but you know though if you're if you're serious out here slaying them every year i'd say go ahead and you know...
try challenging yourself using the gun you know you want to put it over the the
clamshow as you can imagine with a little more space towards the ocean because that's the way that their bodies are going to move down towards the ocean at a slant and the same thing with a shovel you're going to want to dig on the ocean side by three to six inches depending on how high that show is if it's v-necking you can be just like right behind it if it is knocked if it looks a little deeper than maybe six inches all right i'm back in the truck i just posed for a dumb thumbnail look at that beauty behind me though isn't that something else it always pays to get out here you know even if the plan was bad it always pays to get to the
coastat any rate uh i was going to tell you about keeping the
clams good on the way home so in my in my cooler here i just have an ice pack you just need one but you can put one over the top too just going to put the
clams there and i need to put them out of the bag now the biggest mistake you can make and i think most new
clambers make it at least a lot of them is you do not want to put them in salt water or fresh water either but certain but any kind of water because what will happen is they will breathe the oxygen out of the water and then suffocate and then you'll end up with some dead
clams you'll get spoilage you do not want your
clams to die you know on the ride home or overnight or anything like that if you put them on ice...
like this i could either keep them in you know without water on them i could either keep them in this overnight because it's cool out and clean them the next day or i could put them in the fridge in a bowl with a damp uh washcloth over them and they would keep for a day you know or you can just go home in the best things to clean the day of but you know it's getting late i got work in the morning so i very well may just wait until the next day and so that's the way to do that do not put them in water so let's go let's go home and clean these bad boys and i tell you what maybe i'll even cook some up for you how's that sound eh all right so it's the next day now i'm home i just got done watching the seahawks game so if i start crying during the video that's why but uh so these
clams have actually been in my little cooler with just the one ice pack for 28 hours which is longer than i usually leave them in there but let's go check now and see how they're doing all right let's open these guys up i don't recommend keeping them you know more than 24 hours so i let them stay a little longer than i should have so all right on first glance they look pretty good so you what you wouldn't want to see is the shells wide open and the next completely stretched out so you can see the necks are hanging out a bit but let's see if i pinch it a bit if it kind of retracts yeah there it goes not much but yeah definitely alive it's...
uh they're ready to go though i mean this is the pretty much the ultimate you know amount that i want to keep them you know on ice and and not have them actually uh you know be processed all right so step one in cleaning is getting the shells off of them there's three ways to do that first way involves using a knife which almost no one ever does anymore you can though if you didn't have boiling water the second two which i will now cover is boiling water so one way is you dip them into boiling water you know and wait till they expire the shell comes off they kind of stretch out a bit and then you immediately dump them and you know i usually get like little ice bath water sitting by there and the pro for that is they're certainly dead the con is that it toughens them up a bit so if you leave them in boiling water it makes them tougher than they would have been otherwise some people don't really care actually to be totally uh prank with you i i don't so i usually do dip in boiling water uh however i do have friends who only put boiling water on them they'll either you know make their tea tea kettle hot there or they will just take up you know a big pot of boiling water and put them over them in the sink and that will kill some of them some will probably survive so the benefit there the pro is you will have less boiled
clams i guess if that makes sense you know the the meat will be more tender the con is you'll be cleaning them and they'll...
like tense up on you you know they do not have brains so that's good you know i don't know how they feel pain i'm not a
clambut uh still you know i don't know it kind of does does wick me out a bit so that's why i do just boil make sure they're dead but then i do put them straight into an ice bath just to make sure that they don't keep cooking all right so i'm just going to use one
clamto demonstrate this because uh it's just going to make it easier for me and for you so but usually i'd put in maybe four or five
clams at one time into the boy i wouldn't put them all in because that's going to make the water cool down and make the
clams suffer however they do for a longer period of time so you not only put three four five in at a time but just for the demonstration purpose of this video i'm just going to put this one in here there we go there you go shell popped if you want you can take the shell off and it goes falls right out all right that
clamis now ready it's been in there long enough i'm just gonna drop it into this ice bath here easy as that all right there's a couple of variations on cleaning i think the method i'm about to use is the most common one though and it can actually get kind of hard on the back just standing over the sink if you have a couple people's limits to clean i highly recommend setting up an assembly line where you know you basically split the work in half it goes away...
faster and you can switch every 15 or 30 minutes if it gets you know kind of too boring you know it's too monotonous i do save every piece of the
clambesides this shell and i'll go over that here as i clean it so the only real tool you need to clean is a nice pair of scissors nice pair of kitchen shears here you know you can use a knife but the scissors are actually a lot more effective all right i got my
clamhere so step number two one being having the shell off i cut off the siphon now i like to use these for surf perch bait so you can cut this right at the tip it's about the only inedible part you probably could eat it but still i don't uh so you can if you're going to use it for bait you might want to cut a little lower just to have more to put on the hook i'll cut it kind of in the middle here there we go so that's step one and then i actually put that piece in a plastic baggie and put it in the freezer as i said for bait later and then step two is the zipper so i you know i call this colloquially the zipper that goes up the front here cut that and then when you get to the siphon there's an intake and an outtake valve so you want to kind of run the scissor along the back of the siphon you know without ripping out the other side of it and cut it up see if i got it there we go i missed it a little but opened it up with my thumb so then that opens up the zipper so it lays flat like that and that'll lay flat in the pan now if...
you've ever had
clams you can already see the body is kind of laid out how you want so then next you uh step three here wait no that was step three step three is that so step four would be cutting the foot off there we go or the digger the foot's another colloquial term and you cut this little gut part off just with the scissors off the back and i saved the guts oh i missed a piece i saved the guts for crab baits so those go into a different baggie so i use everything on the on the
clambesides the shells themselves and you can crush them up and throw them in the dirt if you want but at any rate there you go so this is this is a good all i got to do is rinse this off some people just always keep a little trickle of water going if you're doing the assembly line that makes a lot of sense because you'll be you know using it so frequently so there we go that body is ready to go and it's up to you if you want to start your store your bodies and your diggers uh together or separately they're both people have different preferences on what they like for instance i like to take the bodies for chowder and the diggers i fry up a lot of people like the reverse they like to do exactly the opposite of that the diggers are definitely the fattier part and that's the last step here is we'll go ahead and clean the digger sorry i lost my step numbers there you think it's kind of do the same thing where you want to cut it in half but you don't...
go all the way through it you just kind of butterfly it i guess is what the term would be like butterfly and shrimp and now this is where the turds live so you just take your thumb you know and you have water running on and just scrape the turds out some people um are really delicate with scraping the turds out because they like the fat in the digger so much i love the fat myself but i don't like eating turds so i make sure to get it all and give it a good rinse all right so there we have it one cleaned
clamso here's the body and then here is one cleaned digger or foot whatever you want to call it this is my favorite part a lot of people favor the bodies though i just like this because of all the kind of fattiness to it right there you know it's really good especially if you're just going to fry them up and speaking of which let me show you a couple of recipes now to close out the video all right i'm going to do a kind of lower bar recipe and then a classy one here's the lower brow one this is rich cracker
clams it's a lot of people i've seen take credit for this recipe i'm not sure who actually invented it but it's caught fire in about the last 15 years then speaking of catching fire step one is turn your broiler on high step two make an egg wash step three put a bunch of rick crackers into a bag then smash them up make sure they're smashed good and fine the dump them out on the plate horrible step four go ahead and...
take your your
clammy there nice big one i got here dredge it in the eggy there we go don't want too much extra and then put it over here and the ritz crackers that's your breading then continuation is step four put it on a uh cookie sheet all right i got some butter melting in there because step number five is giving these
clammies a drizzle all right then you just want to drizzle on the butter very lightly here you don't want to just like smear the
clams in it just give it kind of like a drizzle like this just sort of not quite randomly you want each
clamto get some something there that pretty close so that's good so as you can see there's kind of a random sprinkling there they're not all drenched now now all we got to do left is i'm going to put it in the oven three minutes on one side in the broiler you know a top top rack you want to be as high as you can then take them out three minutes flip them for a total of six so three minutes one side three minutes the other and they're done you don't want to overcook them either yeah all right so here i'm taking them out to flip over i might have left them in a little long even but i left them in for like three and a half minutes because they're starting to burn so you absolutely ought to flip them otherwise one side to be totally destroyed all right if you can hear from my dishwasher there they are boy they sure look good i'm gonna go ahead and let's take a bite of the body...
here so i cooked them for a tad too long but still excellent you know just as good as if you deep fry them and you know it's ritz crackers and butters how could you go wrong but that is a great way to you know cook with your
clams if you're not too worried about your health then you just don't want to fry them in oil all right now for the upper crust the elitist recipe i'm going to teach you how to make a very simple
clamfettucini however i don't have any fettuccine noodles where are my noodles there they are so we're gonna go with spaghetti noodles but hey at least they're the flat ones so basically whatever kind of noodles you you know you got but uh this is a really good recipe it knocks my socks off it's the type of thing that if you you're cooking for your spouse and you want to do a great job or maybe you're taking someone on a you know the date back to your place really something that will impress uh whoever they'll all be impressed even if they're allergic to
clams so step one you uh need to boil some water i like to put just a little salt in my water i'm a salty guy all right then i'm gonna boil these here noodles for eight to ten minutes i like mine closer to eight you know i'm old school i like to do the stick to the wall test you know where you take it out and you flick it on the wall as soon as it sticks it's good and done uh eight to ten minutes on these hair noodles i'm seeing now...
i should use the bigger pot but what are you gonna do all right well that's boiling all over the stove because my big pot was dirty what you're gonna want to do next is cut up a cup and a half of
clams now this is a great use for the smaller
clambodies you know i really like the diggers because they're you know a juicier piece of meat and the bigger bodies i think are good for frying or for like the ritz crack recipe i did those smaller bodies this is perfect for just to dice up and use you know with a pasta hey next i'm going to chop up four of these bad boys here this is four cloves of garlic all right let's see oh it's done all right up next you want to take about i don't know let's say two tablespoons of butter and put it in the skillet here this is simply to cook the garlic really so i'm gonna put that in there and cook the garlic for i don't know up to two minutes and you know i got a couple looking sad onions left over from my garden these were you know i was out there kind of covering up the garden these guys are out there that i didn't notice when i harvested the onions before so i'm going to throw them in two but that's completely optional i'm just kind of doing it because i got them this is a couple minutes for the garlic really you just don't want to burn it so maybe only a minute it just depends on how you're cooking it i got it on medium right now as you can see the butter is a little...
brown but not too bad all right here's the optional onions you could add green onions if you want the only thing you really need is garlic oh yeah it's brown it up nice just like my old aunt fanny used to make all right now that the garlic and the optional onions and the butter is harmonized then come the corn
clamincoming oh it smells so good it smells so good all right i'm gonna cook these
clams for three or four minutes like this until they kind of start to you know curl up around the edges and start to look a little less opaque oh sorry you can't see anything can you all right the next step because we have no regard for human decency we're going to add two cups of half and half oh yeah there we go all right this is another optional step but you know i kept my
clams in this uh this bowl in the fridge you know for both recipes and the nectar settles you know out of the
clams to the bottom you know always save that nectar it's always good for something you know i'll freeze it if i got stuck because i'm not going to let that nectar go you know if i'm using it for a chatter later but i'm going to do is just add the remaining nectar to that cream again this is an optional step but it's going to really you know make everything taste very
clammy if that's what you like which i do all right cheese heads for our next step we're going to pre-shred a half a cup to three-quarters cup parmesan depending how cheesy you like it i...
like it a little cheesy you know and you know i'd say be sure to go with you know go ahead and you know grate it up now it tastes so much sharper you know than the pre-grated stuff you know a pro tip with grating the parmesan don't fall asleep while you're grating and then accidentally grind your hand off that's always embarrassing all right we don't want this to boil we want to keep it kind of like a simmer at most and right now we're going to go ahead and add that parmesan that we pre-shredded earlier there we go as you can see i'm not really mr exact measurements blessing in a curse you know make a real good meal then not know how you how you did it so maybe it's just a curse huh i'm just going to stir this for a couple of minutes looks really good right now you just want to keep stirring do not stop otherwise it might coagulate or burn i got this on a medium all right i've only stirred this for a couple of minutes it doesn't take long if you don't use the nectar then you really can only i mean you only have to strip maybe two minutes if you do maybe more like four just because it's going to be so much more liquidy if you want to thicken it up you can add a little cornstarch or maybe a little flour if you sift it in there but i don't really care if it's thick or not so i i don't but that's another optional step for you there then you're gonna want to pepper it to taste and this is one of those dishes...
where pepper actually plays like a really big roll you know it's not just uh i don't know just like kind of like doing it for the fun of it if you don't go without pepper it's gonna kind of have a kick to it if that makes sense so i don't know i put a decent amount of pepper in there all right that's about what it looks like i got some parsley here but that's optional i think i'll probably use it for garnish and now i'm going to take those noodles and dump them back in here it's uh it's still it's a little boilie there but the the stove is off to be clear all right then you go yeah i did run them through a colander by the way all right ooh i made a lot of noodles now i'm going to stir them up and we'll be about done there like i said then all you got to do if you want to put some garnish on there like parsley or maybe uh top it off with some more parmesan then that's the way to go serve it with bread and uh pretty as a please all right just a little parmesan on top there to finish it off look at that that is just to die for there that's so good you can add white wine too if you want there's a lot of optional things you can do there that's just like a very simple baseline recipe to make a
clami mean in this case spaghetti but it's supposed to be fettuccine these noodles are perfect whoa thank you bud you see that you said they're perfect you said they're perfect all right as a note on...
that last recipe i definitely used about half as many noodles that was like a costco size thing of noodles so you know like it's like a regular size however much that is all right hope you learned something or at least enjoyed the show that's going to do it for the