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CLAMS - FRESH, LIVE

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1-2 days
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2-3 months

Tips

  • How long do raw clams last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep clams refrigerated at all times.
  • Store live, raw clams in the refrigerator in an open container and cover with damp cloths or paper towels.
  • How long do raw clams last in the fridge? After clams are purchased, they may be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days.
  • Raw clams must be kept alive before cooking.
  • How long can raw clams be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; clams should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature and always discard if clams are no longer alive.
  • To further extend the shelf life of raw clams, freeze; when freezing, place clams in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of clams in the freezer by placing the clams inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
  • How long do raw clams last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - clams that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do raw clams last after being frozen and thawed? Clams that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking; clams that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
  • How long do clams last in the fridge once they are cooked? Cooked clams will usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer.

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