Can You Freeze Clams?

I really love to eat seafood, especially clams. Any kind of seafood can satisfy my taste buds. But I would like to have some clams stored in the freezer so I can cook it anytime I want. I would like to know if I can freeze clams. If so, how will I freeze it properly? You are asking if you can freeze clams and how to store it properly.

Yes, clams can be frozen. Clams can be stored in the shell or shucked. There are proper procedures in storing and freezing clams. You can store it in the fridge live or cooked. But you have to make sure that you follow the proper steps because seafood can easily be spoiled and contaminated by bacteria once it is dead and exposed to warm temperature. 

Can You Freeze Clams?

Any type of clams can be stored in the fridge or freezer. Live clams can be stored in the fridge at 32oF in an open container. Clams in shells and shucked clams can be stored in the freezer.

Live clams, shucked clams, and clams in shells will stay fresh and plump if stored properly. Live clams in an open container can stay for two to three days. Frozen clam meat and clams in shells can stay fresh for up to three months in the freezer.

Live clams should be cooked within three days. Make sure that the shells are closed. Opened shells mean that clams are dead and should be tossed.

Frozen clams in shells or clam meat should be thawed in the fridge for about 6 hours before using. You should only thaw the portion that you will be cooking. Thawed out clams cannot be re-frozen.

You can also cook the clams first and then freeze it afterwards. However, frozen cooked clams can be a little tough and rubbery than frozen fresh clams.

Make sure that you rinse the clams in cold water before freezing. Though fresh and live clams are best for cooking, freezing is a good way to preserve it. 

How to Freeze and Store Clams

To keep clams fresh, you should do the following steps in freezing live clams.

You can freeze the live clams in the shells or shucked.

If you choose to keep clams in shells, you must make sure that the shells are closed. Opened shells mean that the clams are dead. Clams in shells can keep in the freezer for about 3 months.

  • Rinse clams in cold water.
  • Do not rinse it in warm water.
  • Drain excess water from clams (in shells).
  • Place the clams in an air-tight and moisture-resistant container/ bag.
  • Release excess air, close the storage bag and freeze.

If you choose to shuck the clams, you should do the following steps.

  • Shuck the clams.
  • Wash the clam meat thoroughly in cold, running water.
  • Drain excess water.
  • Place the clam meat in an air-tight storage bag.
  • Leave about ½ inch head space.
  • Close the storage bag and freeze.

To store live clams in the fridge, you must do these steps.

  • Live clams should be placed in an open container with some paper towels or moist cloth.
  • The temperature of the fridge should be around 32o
  • Do not put fresh water into the container.
  • Do not use an air-tight container in this method.
  • The live clams can stay fresh for two to three days.


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