Clams really are the ultimate fast food! They are low in calories and a terrific source of protein, calcium and iodine.
Buying clams: Clams should be bought live if possible to ensure their freshness. It is also best to buy them in their shells, as any clams which do not open when cooked should be not be eaten.
Preparing clams: Soak clams in their shells in salted water for about an hour (if possible) and then rinse several times to ensure that any grit is removed and the water runs clear.
Cooking clams: Clams only take a few minutes to cook as they are traditionally steamed in their own juices. They are great on their own, pan fried with garlic and a little wine or with pasta or rice.
Click on Recipes for a step by step guide to the popular Italian clams and spaghetti recipe.
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Did you know?
A study involving more than 700 teenage girls in the UK, found that more than two-thirds had an iodine deficiency. Dr Mark Vanderpump, who led the study said: “Our data suggests the UK is now iodine deficient….One cup of milk gives you about 50% of your daily iodine needs.”(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13034582).
Apart from milk, the other main source of iodine is seafood. Shellfish, such as clams, prawns and mussels, has the highest concentration. So what more delicious way to boost your health than by eating these easy to cook foods?
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