“Purge” Clams Before Cooking to Get All the Sand and Grit out of Them

Italy’s pasta with clams has the double distinction of being one of the world’s great seafood dishes and one of its great pasta dishes. It’s just that the way it’s often served, with the pasta chock-full of clamshells, is deeply flawed.

Source: Want Better Spaghetti alle Vongole? Stop Packing It Full of Clamshells

Or put the clams into a lot of cold water that you’ve added white or yellow cornmeal.  The clams take in the cornmeal, flushing it out of their system along with the sand. It takes an hour or so, and it truly works.

Study: Beaches Are Literal Human Litter Boxes

Bacterial organisms gotta tan, too.

“No swimming” signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign themselves to tanning and playing on the beach. But should those avoiding the water be wary of the sand, too? New research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology investigates reasons why the answer could be “yes.”

Source: Attention beachgoers: Fecal contamination affects sand more than water

This means that soon after you take that dip in the ocean, you’ll be greeted with even grosser bacteria once you lay your beautiful body down in that sand.

Who wants to build a sand castle? 😀