- You want the clams to be alive; if the shell is slightly opened you can either squeeze it shut and then release pressure- if the clam remains closed it is still alive, if the clam opens right back up toss it. You may also lightly tap the slightly open clam on a hard surface and wait to see if it closes back up on its own; once again, if it doesn't, TOSS iT.
- The clams should not smell!
- You don't want clams with cracked or broken shells- they're likely to be dead.
- Take a good look at the edges of the shells; a smooth perimeter guarantees less sand, debris and shell fragments than a clam with more rugged edges.
Its preferable to note the difference prior to purchasing and/or cooking the clams.
6. Do not keep the clams in a closed plastic bag; they will suffocate & die.
7. If you are not using them immediately, be sure to keep them cold and store them in a bowl, on ice, in the fridge.