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Opening Clams

rednails | | Aug 7, 2011 08:16 PM

A post on garlic presses got me rummaging thru a kitchen drawer, and I found a only-one-kind-of-use item I forgot I had. Bought many years ago, the clam opener is just that--for one use only. Trying to decide to keep or pitch, I thought about cooking instructions I have seen about steaming clams--those that do not open after steaming are "dead" and should be thrown out.

That got me to thinking--should a clam opener be used at all? Cuz if you do use it, how can you tell if any clams opened are dead?

Should I keep this thing or toss? I should add the clam opener is a Hoffritz item which was (and maybe still is, I don't know) quality stuff back when I bought it (circa 1978-79).

Any thoughts, advise? Thanks!

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