If you have a craving for clam chowder or spaghetti and clams, but you can’t get your hands on a bucket of fresh bivalves, hounds say canned clams do just fine in these dishes—as long as they’re high-quality brands. jayt90 recommends Clearwater Arctic Surf Clams; he likes the chowder recipe on the back of the can. These clams have a subtle flavor, better for New England chowder than Manhattan.

Some Chowhounds enjoy smoked oysters as a snack on crackers but say their flavor’s too strong for cooking. Plain canned oysters aren’t endorsed.

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