While there are various varieties of clams available, the decision of whether to purchase them shucked or unshuttled remains the question.
According to Marx Foods, "shucked clams" are simply raw clam meat that has been taken from the shell.
Pre-shucked clams are just as safe as whole clams when it comes to saving time, provided that they are cooked properly.
The freshness and flavor of the shucked clams can be preserved by suspending them in liquid, making them ideal for a soup like clam chowder.
According to the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, while checking shucked clams, you should look for meat that is plump, smells fresh.
If your clams have an unpleasant odor, especially if you detect something sour or ammonia-like, they may not be safe to consume.
The color of the meat can vary according on the kind of clam, but the liquid in which it is floating must be transparent.
There are two benefits to utilizing pre-shucked clams. Obviously, you save time (and your fingers) by not having to physically remove the clams' shells.
Shucked clams last longer than fresh ones. Shucked clams can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.