How To Find Your Own Seafood | The Salt | NPR

How To Find Your Own Seafood | The Salt | NPR

Woo-hoo! In Dublin fair city where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone. As she pushed her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh.” I’m Kirk Lombard, the sea forager. And today we’re going to go out, get some
mussels, maybe get some sandy mud clams. Maybe pick up an eel or two out here. We’re going to try to get all that and then
put it into a big chowder. These are called California mussels. They’re the native, coastal California mussel. When they live in these areas where they’re just getting battered by the waves, they cling on really really tightly. So, it’s a little work getting them off the rocks. You know, it’s a wild animal. It’s tougher, it’s chewier. Sometimes it has a little bit of grit in it,
but that’s all part of the fun. In this thick clay that’s in here are these
burrowing clams. They’re called boring clams — that doesn’t
mean they’re boring. It just means that they bore a hole. This is great. These soft areas, it’s way easier to get them. Oh my god, look at that. I never see these here. Oh my god, no way! Oh, that’s so amazing. That’s a butter clam. They have a buttery flavor, they’re really
yummy. It’s really important to always fill the holes in. Yeah, I’m on this guy. Ahhhh! That’s a small gaper clam. Just pulled him out of there. This is the siphon. And on one of these clams that’s the primary thing that you eat. I’m taking the siphon of this clam, and
I’m kind of prepping it a little to make it really nice for the eel. Just a hook on a little piece of line with a wire. Ha ha! Monkeyface eel. A prickleback. Somebody thought that looked like a monkey because the eyes are so close together, you know? So we’re going to have a little intertidal stew. That’s what we’ve got going on. Alive, alive, oh, alive, alive oh, crying,
“Cockles and mussels alive, alive, oh.” Let’s do a butter clam first. First thing you do, just put the knife in, cut that down. Open it up, look at that. Ah, it’s so yummy. Then what I’m going to do is take this little paring knife here and cut around the inside of the shell. The tip of the siphon is where the most of
the paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins might reside. And now this is a very tiny horse neck clam, gaper clam. First thing you do is you cut off the tip
of the siphon here. You get rid of the snot-like, goopy stuff here. Like this, just get rid of it. Eckh. And then I just split it and that’s just
to get it into a steak-like form, you see it’s like that. Now the guts of a monkeyface eel, it’s just terrible. A terrible smell inside the guts of a monkeyface eel. I’m cutting him down like this and then
I’m going to flip the skin like that. Little tiny eel like this, you’re not getting
a great yield on it. And that’s like the best crab bait you could
possibly have. These are all our mussels here. And these I’m just going to rinse off to get the sand off. Leftover wine. Starting to smell good. Mm-hmm. So here’s our monkeyface eel, make some big chunks of that. So, we have our gaper clams, our butter clams and our monkeyface eel. And we’ve got a few mussels ready, let’s
put ‘em in and let them open up in their sweet time. Crying, “Cockles and mussels alive, alive, oh.”

39 Replies to “How To Find Your Own Seafood | The Salt | NPR

  1. Looks good. I made clam chowder from the clams we found in ocean city last year. Fun to harvest and cook. Realy good food.

  2. Can we kill this guy? I mean, he's just helpless on the beach, hoping nobody kills him. Like the harmless, helpless animals he's killing. He's not even eating all of these animals, but instead using them as bait to kill other animals. How long can this death-chain be before someone puts him in jail? Is he allowed to kill 5 animals just to kill 1 animal? Is there any regulation at all to this?

    The "few" clams his wife put into the stew looked like 14 clams or something. If we all went and tore off 14 clams, I don't think we'd have many clams left after long.

    And it's not "harvesting" if you didn't plant, tend to, or otherwise encourage the creation and survival of the living thing. It's like if you found a quarter and said that you harvested the quarter. He's just a hipster picking things up.

  3. Do you need a state license to harvest mussels and calms? Do you need to register with the state to earn money leading "classes" to show people how to exploit tidepool resources? How long is that mussel bed going to last? Just asking.

  4. Great job Kirk! One of my inspirations that got me started with sea foraging. Check out his book if you guys haven't!

  5. Why are you supporting fishing? Everything in this video is wrong and he's having the time of his life killing every creature he can find!
    Please, provide us music or interesting facts! Not primitive people who still think fishing isn't murder.

  6. You’re just an animal murderer, it’s that simple. Leave those creatures alone, you don’t have the right to kill them. Are you out of your mind? Karma’s a bitch.

  7. NPR this was a lovely video. The Sea Forager has a phenomenal spirit and a clear sense of love for the nature he is foraging from! It was really fascinating and showed off some delightful people and animals. Loved the hand-drawn animation!

  8. I'm starting to wonder if I should work less and just gather my own food then spending so much money for it.
    Things I need bucket, hook , wire , pot and small burner. Naaaa I'm spoiled I'll work for now , thanks Kirk at least I'll know where the foods at.

  9. "Gaping clam" you hear it here first boys
    I'm going down to the beach to fetch myself some gaping clams
    I do love myself a gaping clam
    Gaping clams

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