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Clam Boil - Prince Edward Island Style

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Published on Oct 21, 2011

One thing that everyone MUST do while visiting Prince Edward Island is have a down-home clam dig and boil up. The Eagar Brothers have been digging clams on our summer vacations in PEI since we were 'knee high to a grasshopper' and we've never gotten tired of it.

We caught up with a local girl named Arlene and she walked us through two methods of getting clams. The traditional method is to walk around on the dry ocean bed at low tide and look for the little squirts of water coming out of the tiny clam holes in the sand. When you see the 'squirt' you dig in that spot and you should be able to get a shovel full of clams.

Arlene however, prefers swirling her hands in the water to find the holes and then literally digging them up with her hands (wear a glove as the clams can be sharp!). Arlene had a large, loving family with 10 brothers and sisters, one of the boys was blind but it didn't stop him from partaking in the fun by using this 'swirling' method. Arlene said he was the champion clam digger in his local area when they were young. Impressive!

Once you've collected a nice bucket of clams then it's time for a party! All you have to do is call up a big crew friends, find a beautiful location beside the ocean, get some fire wood, a bucket to boil the clams, some beer and maybe, if you're lucky, a few musician friends! After this is done you relax and have a proper bonfire to cook the clams on, laugh, relax and enjoy the PEI hospitality, nature and food!

We had a magical night with a full moon and spectacular sunset, and great tunes by a local band, the Barstool Conspiracy. A clam bake is PEI at its best.

Oh ya, did I mention that the clams tasted sensational!

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