National Deep Fried Clams Day is a celebration of a great appetizer made with clams and batter. Mollusks are edible bivalve species that live on the sea or river bottom. The batter is made from flour, milk, eggs and your favorite spices. The result is a great party appetizer called New England Barbecue.
Thousands of species of mollusks are known to science, they are usually divided into two large groups – with a hard shell and a soft shell. Deep-fried, it is customary to fry the second type of shellfish. Clams first appeared on restaurant menus in 1840. They were served with veal cutlets, liver, lamb. In roadside restaurants, tartar sauce is often prepared with clams or served simply in a hot dog bun.
The dish “fried clams” appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman is considered its author. It was he who first prepared a snack in his establishment in the summer of 1916. The chef worked in Essex, Massachusetts and became famous for deep-fried potatoes and then shellfish caught from the Essex River.
- Woodman used cornmeal and milk to make the batter.
- Mollusks have no eyes, no nose, but only paws, which they use to burrow into the sand from enemies.
- Until the mollusk reaches a marketable size, it takes about 25-28 months.
- The oldest mollusk discovered by scientists lived 410 years.
- There are more than 150 types of mollusks in the world that can be eaten.
- Clams can reach 4 feet in size.
How to celebrate
Visit your favorite place and order a portion of fried clams. It is best to go to a fish restaurant. Try new recipes, you can buy all the necessary ingredients in the fish shop. Experiment with sauces, new ingredients. And if you’re nearby, visit Essex and check out Woodman’s Restaurant.
When is National Deep Fried Clams Day Celebrated in 2022?
National Deep Fried Clams Day is devoted to celebrating cheerfulness and fun. It happens annually on November the 1st.