I have not eaten clam chowder for over 22 years. I was vegan and now that I eat meats again I crave my favorite foods and clam chowder was one of them. This is, to me , a simple recipe once you have prepped all the ingredients. I truly love cooking. It taste good cold too.
Fry the bacon till crispy in a pan, set bacon aside to cool on plate with paper towel. Add the olive oil to the pan of bacon grease and cook onions till they are soft.
Strain the clam juice into a 1 cup measure. If you do not get 1 cup clam juice just add water to make it 1 cup.You can rinse the clams in water to get any sand out then put in the fridge for the last step
Put all the veggies,chopped up bacon and seasonings and onions with all the oil and bacon grease(no butter is needed in this recipe) into a pot add the clam juice and cook covered for 15 minutes, stir occasionally.
After the 15 minutes add the milk mixed with the 1 Tbls flour, stir mix well take off the heat add your clams and enjoy.