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clam anatomy


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clam anatomy

sammy | Oct 1, 2002 09:34 PM

I've been to seafood restaurants, usually specializing in fried clams, which usually offer fried clam strips and the more expensive fried clams 'including belly meat'. Looking at a clam's belly meat, I'm not exactly sure what part of it constitutes the 'strip' and what part is the belly. Is it the dark part that sticks out that's called the 'strip', or is the strip generally removed? Why would they remove the belly in the first place--are there actually people who prefer strips to belly meat? Or is it because the strips are easier to freeze whereas the belly is not, hence the fact that clam strips are available in the frozen food section of your supermarket, but not belly meat?

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