Steamed Maine Clams

"There is nothing fancy about steamed clams the Maine way. Just soak the clams in salted water with some cornmeal that they cipher through them to get rid of some of the grit. Then scrub and steam. Last of all---dunk in butter. Mussels may be used in place of the clams."
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  • In a large container place the gallon of water and salt.
  • Put clams into his container and sprinkle cornmeal over it; place in refrigerator and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Drain.
  • With a stiff brush, scrub and clean the clams with cold water to get the grit off before cooking.
  • Put about 1/2"-1" of water in the bottom of a clam steamer or other pot; bring to boiling.
  • Place the clams on steamer rack over the water.
  • Cover and steam for about 5-10 minutes only till shells open; don't overcook.
  • Discard any clams that don't open.
  • Dunk in butter.

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