Steamahs, or steamed clams, are usually what we eat down the beach before the lobstahs come around. A "steamah" is a soft shell clam that lies buried in the mud of tidal mudflats. Like other bivalves, they have a long neck that makes its way above the mud to suck in seawater which is filtered for food and then spit back out. Some people actually call these "piss clams" because sometimes when they are hahvested from the mud they spit out the water they are holding, resembling someone takin' a piss. They are also known as longneck clams.
This year, Dad decided we were gonna old school and fatten our clams up with cornmeal. I was excited because the last time I can remembah doing this was when I was about 7 years old. The process is pretty simple - fill a bucket with seawater, dump in your clams, and add cornmeal. Why do this? Well, it helps to get ya a less mucky more flavaful clam, that's why. What happens is the clams will do their regular eatin' routine, suckin' in the cornmeal seawater and spittin' out the refuse water. This fills their bellies nicely and adds some sweetness from the cornmeal to the flava of the clam.
|A bucket of ocean|
|Add in ya clams|
|Now add in ya cornmeal|
|Clams like some privacy when they're gettin' their gorge on|
|Dad playin' pickup! A rare sight!!|
|Murky water is a good thing, it means bellies are gettin' fat!|
|Necks out, bellies full|
|The steam pot|
|Clams gettin' steamy!|
|Salty, sweet, delicious|
|Livin' the High Life!|