In less than three weeks, we will be back on the Oregon coast camping, clamming, crabbing and foraging seafood.
I am particularly excited about clamming in Charleston. I made it a goal two years ago to integrate clamming into our annual Oregon coast trip. One year later, we reached that goal with significant success!
We each reached our limit of bay clams, including gapers, within two hours on our very first try. Clamming was easy to learn and very rewarding. You can take hilarious photos with the gaper clams and the meat of just one is enough for a meal. Plus, the gaper clams usually have female peacrabs in them, and peacrabs are good luck!
We love to fry the gaper necks in Panko and dip them in a zuchinni relish tartar sauce. The neck is commonly used as sushi, but we have not tried it raw yet. We use the belly, foot and mantle in chowder. We love to steam the cockles, butters, littlenecks and softshells in wine with herbs or in tequila with chorizo.
The cockle clams are my absolute favorite. They are spectacular steamed and in cioppino, they are super tender and require minimal cleaning. The shells are gorgeous and remind me of mermaids! The best part about them is that you don't have to dig for them. You can just rake the surface.
It took me almost a year to post these gaper photographs. I am just so immature. Everytime I tried, I started giggling and got carried away with jokes. I mean, look at them!!! The little dudes crack me up! They look like...elephant trunks. Let's go with "elephant trunks." Thank you, @jasminemullet , for all of your hard work digging and cleaning clams. And for all of the fun memories we created with them. I can't wait to go clamming with you this month and am looking forward to us teaching @vipwifey !!! #gapers #gaperclam #empireclam #horseneck #GeoduckJr #cockles #butterclams #softshellclams #clams #peacrab #happyasaclam #doyouseewhatIsee #keepitinyourpants #suggestivefood #seafood #CharlestonClams #Oregoncoast #clamming #justsnipthetip #helovesmyclam #ilovehiscockle #DelRioVineyardsPinotGris #PinotGris #Oregonseafood #WineGoesBestWithFriends #AnahRoll #Charleston #Oregon #mermaidfood #goaldigger