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Canned clam chowder - are there any that are not blech?

Canned clam chowder - are there any that are not blech?

Old Dec 12, 2010, 5:56 pm
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Canned clam chowder - are there any that are not blech?

Nothing compares to the real thing, of course. My favorite ever was at a down-home restaurant in the Noyo Harbor in Ft. Bragg, CA.

But sometimes you can't always get what you want...

So is there a canned clam chowder (New England style, please!) that is not, as so many seem to be, really Potato Chowder with Flecks of Clammish Material Sort Of?
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 6:37 pm
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No, but I'll bet a clam chowder from the freezer section would be much better.
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 10:26 pm
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Canned clam chowder? No way.

This looks pretty good and it sure tastes good in Boston.They ship.

http://shop.legalseafoods.com/New-England-Clam-Chowder
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 12:12 am
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The least 'blech' I've had is Wolfgang Puck, but it's still blech. On the rare occasions when I buy canned clam chowder, I usually buy a can or two of chopped clams to add to it.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 2:10 am
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99 Only Stores are great places to pick up 99 cans of clams, scallops, crab meat, etc. to augment your storebought blech.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 9:43 pm
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I like Progresso with an added can of whole baby clams thrown in... a little bit of butter.... some pepper .... and the smallest dash of sherry. Tasty.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by miffSC
I like Progresso with an added can of whole baby clams thrown in... a little bit of butter.... some pepper .... and the smallest dash of sherry. Tasty.
Why not just start from scratch? You've already got the basic ingredients, minus the potatoes and some clam broth.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by obscure2k
Why not just start from scratch? You've already got the basic ingredients, minus the potatoes and some clam broth.
Maybe you've only got 3 minutes, and just need a serving or two.
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This thread is "New England clam chowder" blasphemy. Of course there is no such thing as an alternative to cream, butter, potato, and lots of real clam meat, clam chowder. A couple squares of sweet corn bread on the side, for my taste, too, please.

The OP could always buy a can of Progesso and throw in some chopped clam meat, along with about six other ingredients, but by then you might as well be making your own from scratch.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by obscure2k
Canned clam chowder? No way.

This looks pretty good and it sure tastes good in Boston.They ship.

http://shop.legalseafoods.com/New-England-Clam-Chowder
they legal seafood branded soup at costco some places, s'ok, better than canned. it comes in plastic tupperware in refrigerated section. 2 for 9-10 bucks
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 12:44 am
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Hope's kitchen makes some really quite good it is NOT canned, it is in the refrigerator section.

HEB/Central Market here carries it, and Whole Foods does as well.

It is good for a single guy I can make a really killer lobster bisque or clam chowder when I have the time, but sometimes while not as good, this still hits the spot.
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Some Chinese buffet has clam chowders.
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Originally Posted by braslvr
The least 'blech' I've had is Wolfgang Puck, but it's still blech. On the rare occasions when I buy canned clam chowder, I usually buy a can or two of chopped clams to add to it.
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I used to do that a lot when I did my own shopping. Without adding some extra clams, you end up having potato chowder with some of these can ones.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 9:08 am
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Ivar's isn't bad. You can use it as a base, and dose it up with extra milk, sherry, clams, other fish, etc.:

http://www.ivars.net/servlet/Product...&searchIndex=1

It's not strictly in a can though.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by obscure2k
Why not just start from scratch? You've already got the basic ingredients, minus the potatoes and some clam broth.
I just like to 'dress up' anything that comes from a can.

Originally Posted by BearX220
Ivar's isn't bad. You can use it as a base, and dose it up with extra milk, sherry, clams, other fish, etc.:

http://www.ivars.net/servlet/Product...&searchIndex=1

It's not strictly in a can though.
Yes - that's what I do.... use the can/packaged chowder as a base and then doctor it to be a bit more filling.... or tasty.
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