Originally posted by dick smith
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.