Sometimes a fun family activity has many other benefits. We just experienced such an event when we went clam digging!
Most importantly, the kids loved it and it’s so great to have them see where their food comes from and be a part of the whole process of harvesting, cooking and eating. Additionally, this fun summer weekend activity promotes getting outside, being curious, and eating a healthy food!
Even if you skip the digging part, eating clams is an adventure in itself. Trying new, different foods builds kids palates as well as their confidence. Tasting a new food can be scary and overcoming that fear shows children that they are able to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. It’s also a lot of fun having to dig your food out of a shell at the dinner table. To top it off, it’s even nutritious, offering a good source of protein, iron and vitamin B12.
While I’ve only dug for clams a couple of times, I’ve been steaming them for years – such an easy, yet impressive food! For a steaming clams recipe, I use what I have on hand as the the recipe is very flexible - you can substitute different herbs, or use beer or vodka as the liquid – experiment to find your family’s favorite combo!
- 2 pounds live hardshell clams
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2/3 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- Scrub the clams with a brush under running water.
- Place all ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered.
- As soon as it comes to a boil, cover and boil until all clams are open (about 3-4 minutes), shaking the pot occasionally.
- Discard any clams that do not open.
- Serve with crusty bread for dipping in the awesome broth!