In this tutorial, we learn how to choose and cook clams. There are a number of recipes for clams as well as a number of ways to cook them. With a hard shell clam, they are best used in clam chowder and soup because they are tough to open. The Venus clam has a softer shell and are very easy to open. The Pollord clam is best to be steamed and served right away. The Razor clam can either be steamed or grilled. Make sure you wash all of your clams thoroughly but do not soak them or that can ruin the shell on some of them.