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Do clams die when cooked?

Asked: Luc Voyer, Last Updated:

If the shell remains shut after cooking, he says, “the muscle that holds the shell together is working. It's alive. Or if an oyster, clam or mussel doesn't open when it's cooked, sometimes it's dead — killed in the cooking process — but the muscle is just so joined to the shell that it's not letting go.”

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