Well, hello there! Meet the Washington state bird (well, the runner up), the nation's most unique college mascot, and completely innocent looking bivalve - the geoduck!
Clams bring happiness, and geoduck (pronounced "gooeyduck"), the largest member of the clam family, certainly know how to make humans giggle. They are incredibly long lived (the oldest recorded was 168 years old) and live deep in the substrate (hence the long necks).
They're also delicious and easy to prepare!
To clean them, you simply cut the geoduck free of its shell and blanch the neck in hot water to remove the skin. From there, you can separate the siphon (neck) from the belly meat. The siphon is best sliced very thinly and eaten raw, in a ceviche or crudo. The belly is delicious breaded and pan fried - you might pound it with a meat tenderizer first - or ground up into a fritter or chowder.
We farm a small amount of geoduck, and they also grow wild on our beach. The clams we're selling here, however, are purchased from friends who farm in the South Puget Sound, which is true geoduck country. We're bringing them in as a special March Clamness treat - and so they're only available for shipping the last two weeks of March.
We should also have a few geoduck dishes in the saloon the last two weekends of March, but we highly recommend picking up a clam to eat at home. Invite your friends, and work your magic. Quantities are limited!
- Clams ship whole (live) and should be cleaned upon receipt
- They weigh 1.1 to 1.2 pounds each
- Price is by the piece
- Delivery date options are 3/23 or 3/30
Find more information about geoduck:
- Serious Eats - a fun look at the importance of geoduck in PNW culture, and good info on how Taylor Shellfish farms them.
- Learn how to clean them & prepare them in this video from our friend Becky Selengut, author of Good Fish.
- We've got a very simple post about how to clean a geoduck from a blog article from 2009
And then choose a delivery date above! (Delivery dates aren't flexible, unfortunately.)
Remember that consuming raw shellfish increases the risk of foodborne illness.
WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including cadmium, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65warnings.ca.gov/food
Q: Why am I seeing this warning?
A: We give this warning to be double-dog sure we comply with the requirements of California's Prop 65. Read more about cadmium here.