Fat belly clams in New Jersey

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2005/02/08 22:31:36 (permalink)

Fat belly clams in New Jersey

Is there any places that serve fat belly clams in NJ? If not where is the closest state to get them.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2005/02/09 01:49:38 (permalink)
    i dont know where or if you can get them in NJ---but ALL the New England states have them--at least the ones with a coast do!--cant remember seeing them in Vermont!
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/06 10:38:12 (permalink)
    allen's restaurant
    mystic islands/tuckerton, nj
    they're good
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/06 10:41:53 (permalink)
    I never saw "fat belly clams" (I like clams!)...I googled and found nothing....are they like chowder clams?
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/06 10:51:46 (permalink)
    I would assume your talking about a steamer or piss clam.
    If that's the case I'm sure they are available there. I know that when our flats are shut down here we import from areas in Maine, Canada and down to Jersey. Not as sweet as ours but still pretty good though. Chow Jim
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/06 10:56:42 (permalink)
    fat belly clams are cherry stone clams,
    not steamer types
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/06 23:38:23 (permalink)
    ...or Whole-Belly Clams!
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/10 06:50:31 (permalink)
    youse got it
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/10 07:49:14 (permalink)
    We live on the Jersey shore...never have noticed them, anywhere!
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/10 10:27:45 (permalink)
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    We live on the Jersey shore...never have noticed them, anywhere!
    You must not be looking hard enough. Your state has a very large shellfishing industry, I'm not sure about the landing numbers but they do allright as far as harvesting steamers.
    Steamers can be found from Canada all the way down to the Outer Banks.
    Chow Jim
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/10 13:19:12 (permalink)
    Someone on another thread has explained to me that a steamer clam isn't a softshell clam, it is any clam that can be steamed. When I think about all the years I wasted digging steamers at low tide on Long Island Sound I could just cry. Why I could have had such an easier time if I'd only known. Holy Ipswich!
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/11 12:13:52 (permalink)
    I gotta agree with you Michael. You can also dig up and old boot on the flats and steam it, but that dosen't make it a steamer. Chow Jim
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/02/11 14:32:59 (permalink)
    I have lived across the street from the beach in Central NJ for 40+ years and I have never heard of "Fat belly clams". Steamers/piss clams, cheery stone, little necks, top necks, razor and even cockles ( haven't seen these in awhile) but not fat belly. Perhaps what you are refering to is one of those but under a different name. Even within NJ you get various names for the same clam, like the Sprinkles/Jimmies or Subs/Heroes argument. I bet by the name "fat belly" you mean one of the larger clams like cherry stone or top neck.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/04/27 09:18:25 (permalink)

    A steamer is a soft shelled clam, aka pisser.
    found more in the flats of rivers in new england, not NJ.

    "much more flavor", and sweeter by far than a little neck or
    cherry stone. steamers come in 2 colors, white and salmon, different sexes. steamers can be purchased at most seafood stores and some major chain stores. shoprite in NJ. 4-5.00/lb

    they are good
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/05/09 10:58:30 (permalink)
    quote:
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    A steamer is a soft shelled clam, aka pisser.
    found more in the flats of rivers in new england, not NJ.

    "much more flavor", and sweeter by far than a little neck or
    cherry stone. steamers come in 2 colors, white and salmon, different sexes. steamers can be purchased at most seafood stores and some major chain stores. shoprite in NJ. 4-5.00/lb

    they are good


    Nope, not correct at all. I have seen them called Soft-shell clam but that is more a regional thing. They could be considered a softer shell clam compared to others because the shell is really thin, but please take a walk at low tide on one of the back bays and jump up and down, and I bet you will get pissed on by a clam. “Much more flavor”, no, I would say a different flavor. Put out some clams on the half-shell, steamers and grilled cherry stones and they all will have very distinct flavors.

    As a child, back when the river and bay was cleaner, we would collect a few buckets of piss clams for steaming and then dig for larger clams for chowders and ragus.

    There is nothing like waking up in the morning to find the seagulls have dropped another clam on your car in an attempt to crack the shell open.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/05/25 08:45:12 (permalink)

    jackerdog,

    go to -ANY- seafood restaurant, order steamers and see what you get.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/05/25 19:13:31 (permalink)
    quote:
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    jackerdog,

    go to -ANY- seafood restaurant, order steamers and see what you get.


    I couldn't agree more.
    whole belly and steamers are the same clam.
    Always.
    Sweeter?
    Always.
    Whole belly refers to clam being more than just a clam strip.
    Its a steamer clam, belly intact, fried.
    You can steam any clam, but a steamer is a soft shelled pisser.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/05/28 22:30:42 (permalink)
    quote:
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    jackerdog,

    go to -ANY- seafood restaurant, order steamers and see what you get.



    I'm sorry but I miss you point. I disagreed that the steamer can't be found in NJ, they are plentyful. I don't disagree that they are a thin shelled clam. Sweeter is just a personal opinion, depending on how the clam is served will affect the flavor. I've had many clams and steamed, grilled and shucked many more.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/05/31 12:40:39 (permalink)
    so, are you looking for whole belly fried?
    last i knew, you couldn't get anything but stips fried because of the way they have to process them now....but that was a while ago.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/13 17:15:20 (permalink)
    hey guys they are called ipswitch clams and they are hard to find out of the northeast they do not keep well and a fish guy told me they last a coup;e of days so unless there is a market for them its not profitable.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/20 17:11:17 (permalink)
    I am originally from Mass and know my clams. We just visited Seaside Heights NJ and had some steamed Ipswitch belly clams in a restaurant called Berkeley's. They were great.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/22 10:31:11 (permalink)
    You should see an increase in the availability of the soft shell clams in that area.
    I'm told that they are opening digging areas that have been closed for years.
    I also understand that there are now pureification plants in that area allowing for more product. Good news indeed, this will take some of the pressure off the NE.
    I hope it dosen't affect prices though, clammers/diggers are worth everything they can get. Chow Jim
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/27 15:48:56 (permalink)
    Piss (or pisser) clams are soft shell clams with a pod or foot sticking out. They are sweet, were traditionally called "steamers", and make the best fried clams. When they are whole, they are called whole belly fried clams. When they are sent to other states, yes, even as close as NJ, they are cut into strips - hence the term fried clam strips on restaurant menus. Strips are usually processed and frozen for shipping. Avoid clam strips - save your money and the calories.

    Hard shell clams have names often based on their size. Quahog clams are the largest. Under that you have cherrystone, then topnecks, then little neck clams. There may be some others, but those are the most common. Quahog clams are usually tough and used for clam chowder. Cherrystone are extremely flavorful, but many will not eat clams so large...they may be too "strong."

    I add my voice to the throng. Does anyone know where in NJ you can get whole belly fried clams?
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/28 09:44:12 (permalink)
    Not sure where your getting your information from but I'm fairly familiar with the bi-valve.
    Steamers or piss clams aren't used for clam strips, they are way too valuable to be cut up and the rest discarded. Plus the yeild wouldn't make it profitable.
    Clam strips come from sea clams, a whole lot of meat in those puppys.
    Chow Jim
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/28 17:34:56 (permalink)
    Jim is probably right, and I defer to him as to where clam strips come from. But I stand pat on rejecting clam strips as not worth the time, money or calories, especially if fried. Meanwhile, where can I find whole belly fried clams in NJ??? It looks as if I'll have to special order them. Can we get a group together in central Jersey? Let's order a bushel from a restaurant and pick a night when they will fry them up for us. Dick's Dock, in Metuchen?
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/07/30 09:30:24 (permalink)
    Don't know if there's a Legal Seafood anywhere in NJ, but the one here in PA supposedly has them. I haven't tried there yet. There is a real dearth of places anywhere in the mid-Atlantic region.

    Sandsome Street Oyster House in Philly used to have them, really good ones. Sadly, the place has since closed.

    Kineads (sp?) in DC also had them, but that place is way too pricey.
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    RE: Fat belly clams in New Jersey 2008/08/06 17:49:35 (permalink)
    OK guys and gals--here's the info you seek -----Bahrs Restaurant in the Highlands has them on the menu. An e-mail to the Lusty Lobster seafood emporium also in the Highlands yeilded this result---whole belly clams--the ones used in New England in those great Clam Rolls and Fries are available fresh on special order comes in 1/2 gallon container aprox. 4 lbs and cost about $45 per. If you call them ask for Doug as he is in house shellfish and mollusk go to guy.



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