Canned clams are ideal for recipes that call for only the meat of the clams. You can buy them whole or chopped. Be aware that, as with most canned products, canned clams are higher in sodium than fresh. Clam juice, the strained liquid of shicked clams, is often used as a cooking liquid for seafood dishes. It has a briny flavor and can be found in most grocery stores.
Try this Kitchen Shortcut with New England Clam Chowder.