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How to De-Sand and De-Salt Manila Clams

Manila clams taste better if you carefully remove the sand and excess salt.

Ingredients

Manila clams
200 g
Hot water
100 ml
Salt
1 tablespoon (13-14 g)
Water
350 ml
Ice
2 to 3 cubes

Steps

1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt in 100 ml of hot water. Once dissolved, add the ice to cool, and then add the 350 ml of water. This should make a slightly less than 3% salt solution.
2. Put a wire rack in a tray, and put the clams and the salt solution in it. The rack will prevent the clams from reabsorbing the sand that they expel. Cover loosely with a newspaper, sushi mat, etc.
3. Leave in a cool place, preferably for at least 3 hours. This will let the clams expel their sand, slime, and odor.
4. If you are worried about the water temperature getting too high, you can put some ice cubes on of the cover.
5. This is the water after the clams expelled their sand. They expelled a lot of slime as well.
6. They are too salty as-is, so remove excess salt an hour before cooking. Quickly rinse the clams and leave on a colander, and the clams will expel salt.
7. Rub the shells together to cleanse it of dirt and slime. They will break if you handle them too roughly, so handle with care.
8. If you want to freeze them, bag them in plastic bags after you de-salt them, remove air from the bag, and freeze. Do not thaw them when you cook them: just use them as is.
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Story Behind this Recipe

The gritty feel of the sand in clams is quite unpleasant. Let's eat tastier clams by completely removing the sand and the slime!