NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY:
Celebrated on November 1st, every year. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating deep-fried clams! On this day people cook varieties of deep-fried clams and serve them. Deep-fried Clams are very popular on the East Coast of the U.S., particularly around New England. Let’s see why this day is chosen to be observed as a National food holiday and everything that it offers!
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WHY NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY?
Legend has it that clams have been served as popular seafood since the 1840s. However, the first batch of deep-fried clams emerged on 3rd July 1916. The story dates back to a time when Mr. Lawrence Henry Woodman also nicknamed as “Chubby” because of his short and chubby personality owned a small roadside food stand in Essex, Massachusetts.
On his verge to make money, he sold everything from bananas to clams for the visitors. Since the clams weren’t very popular, he got very little money by selling them. Yet he was bent on improving business by adding something new to the stand. He eventually bought a fryer and was the first to sell fried potato chips there. With a fisherman friend’s suggestion, he and his wife experimented and finally got the perfect fried clams dipped with cornflour and milk and deep-fried using the potato fryer equipment!
The fried clams became popular with many of those who visited for Independence day celebrations on July 4th. Because of this many restaurants and food shacks started having the fried clams on their Menu since then.
A year later, Howard Johnson’s chain of restaurants was ready to serve fried clams. Mr. Johnson happened to learn the recipe from Mr. Lawrence Chubby himself.
Mr. Chubby started with freshly dug steamer clams, but now hard-shelled clams are also used to prepare deep-fried clams.
Deep-fried clams are cherished by East coast regions as barbeque is to the south region!
On November 1st every year, we celebrate the Deep-fried Clams’ humble origin and their 100 years of Legacy!
HOW CAN WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY?
- Make your own deep-fried clam
Lookup a deep-fried clams recipe on the internet and enjoy some homemade clams with your family! Post your hand made clams on social media using #NationalDeepFriedClamsDay #DeepFriedClamsDay
- Invite friends over!
Invite friends to bring different versions of deep-fried clams and enjoy tasting each one!
- Dine at the nearest restaurants
Visit your nearest restaurants that have the best clam recipes on their menu, and treat your taste buds! Post your pictures on Social media and share the joy!
- Create your own deep-fried clams version
If you like taking the adventurous path, try your recipe and share it with everyone!
- knowledge hunt!
Gather more information about National Deep Fried Clams Day and the different edible clam varieties and their origins!
- Motivate Others to taste Deep-fried Clams!
Deep-fried clams are easily forgotten, so take the opportunity to motivate friends and family to taste Deep-fried Clams! You can come up with a fun and creative way on social media for better reach
- Post some appreciation!
If you are a fan of a particular restaurant for their Deep-fried Clams, show your love by writing on their social media page
- Visit Woodman’s of Essex near you!
If you happen to be in Essex, make sure you visit the Woodman’s Essex for the original deep-fried clams recipe!
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY:
Let’s know about Clams,
- Clams are originally low in cholesterol and fat
- Deep-fried clams absorb fat upon cooking due to the ingredients used
- Clams can be put into two basic categories – hard shell clams and soft shell clams
- Fried Clams are popular in New England rather than the United States
- Clams can be eaten baked, boiled, steamed, fried or raw
- Clams don’t have eyes, nose or head
- They do have burrowing feet to dig into the sand and hide
- Clams are used to prepare a popular soup in Canada and the U.S. also known as Clam Chowder.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY:
The specific details behind choosing November 1st as the National Deep Fried Clams Day is unknown.
The history is linked to Mr. Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman, who was recognized as the founder and dedicated national fried clams day on July 3rd, 2016!
However, the reasons behind not choosing July 3rd as National Deep Fried Clams Day are not known.