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I got these from my sister in law. This picture is of only a few of the many giant quahogs that she gave me. She and her family have a blast out clamming. They gave me what must have been about 30 pounds. Unfortunately, that doesn't end up as much when all is said and done. Since I don't have the time or the inclination to do anything with them these days, I cooked and froze them. Quahogs are usually either stuffed with a spicy sausage stuffing, or made into clam chowder. I decided on the latter.
It was really quite easy. I just brought a pan of water to boil. Then put a large roasting pan in a 400 degree oven and poured the water in. The quahogs were put in, in batches until they opened and were removed. I then just chopped the meat. The clam broth is essential in a good chowder, so that was saved as well. Finally, the clam shells were thrown out back to eventually be crushed and added to the garden to add calcium to the soil. Nothing gets wasted here.