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National Deep Fried Clams Day

Deep fried clams are celebrated and eaten on this day. There are more than two thousand species of clams, and most fall into the category of either hard-shelled or soft-shelled. Soft-shelled clams, also known as "clam bellies" or "steamers", are the type that are usually deep fried. Deep fried clams usually are dipped in milk and flour before being fried. They are extremely popular on the East Coast of the United States, particularly around New England, where they are about the equivalent as to what barbecue is to the South, and are served in seaside clam shacks, which are roadside restaurants. They are often served with tartar sauce, and are known as clam rolls when they are served in hot dog buns. "Clam Strips", made of Atlantic surf clams, are popular outside of the New England area. Fried clams first appeared in the mid-19th century, and the kind we think of today are said to have been created by Lawrence Henry "Chubby" Woodman at his roadside stand in Essex, Massachusetts, on July 3, 1916. He was known for deep frying potatoes into chips, and used his equipment to deep fry some clams he caught in the Essex River. Clam strips became popular after being created by Thomas Soffron of Ipswich, Massachusetts, who sold them to Howard Johnson's, which brought them all around the country.

How to Observe National Deep Fried Clams Day

Celebrate the day by making deep fried clams. Maybe you are even close enough to one of the best seafood shacks in the country to get some there.

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