When cooking clams at home, one thing that can pose a challenge is getting the sand out of the shells. Crunching into gritty clam is enough to ruin anyone's summer meal.
So how to clean the clam?
1. Place all the clams in a bowl and fill it with cool tap water. We've also heard that adding salt, cornmeal or black pepper to the water will encourage the clams to spit out more sand. Let the clams sit for 20 minutes to an hour. During this time, they will spit out the sand from inside their shells.
2. Place the clams in warm water between 30 and 40 degrees for about 10 minutes. If you drop sesame oil in the bowl, the clams will spit more quickly.
3. Place your clams in a bowl of cool, fresh water with a damp towel over the top and refrigerate for roughly 20 minutes to 1 hour. Then remove the clams from the used container of water and replace them into an additional fresh container of water. You can repeat this process a couple of times if you wish to ensure the clams are thoroughly cleaned.
When you finish cleaning, you can start cooking!