We headed out for a short weekend at the coast this past weekend with a group of friends. One of Tim’s favorite places on earth is a friends beach house on Copalis Beach out on the peninsula. The culture of “going to beach house” for the weekend is a mix of laid back comfort and large long delicious meals around a fire. Events at the beach house include reading, playing cards, cooking, walks on the beach…. and for 4 days a year – clamdigging!
Thankfully we were limited by the number of clams per permit because the cold hard rains started coming down and no amount of waterproofing could keep me out there long.
So, how do you become a “Clamdigger,” you ask. Great question.
2. Second, you place the clam gun in the sand (or start digging like crazy) and try to race the clam as it digs itself deeper and deeper.
If it comes down to it, you duke it out with the clam. Whoever can dig faster in the cold, wet sand wins all. Tim and Deidra are demonstrating winning situations. Ashley had more defeats.
3. Thirdly, you pour boiling water on the clams to get them to open up more – ew, it’s about to get gross.
4. Next, you pry the clams apart. Watch out because the shells are sharp! AND, watch out because the clam is moving and fighting with every last muscle (haha) that it has. Squirming around the white “meat” of the clam is taken out and set aside.
5. Finally, you clean and cut the clams, separating the edible from the “What the heck is that?”
We ate the clams that night in a white sauce over pasta – thank you chefs.
To read more about razor clams, check out http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/coast/animals/razor_clam.html