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How To Clean Mussels

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Mussels Like a Pro

Do you like mussels? I definitely do!  They’re not only  super delicious, but they are also are packed with vitamins, proteins, and Omega 3. However, I have to warn you, if you don’t clean them properly, you might end up with a nasty case of food poisoning. And that’s not fun!

But don’t worry, cleaning mussels isn’t rocket science. It’s just a bit time-consuming. And let’s be real here, spending 45 minutes thoroughly cleaning the mussels is way better than spending several days with gastrointestinal complications, am I right?

So, here’s a quick guide on how to clean mussels like a pro. First and foremost, always buy super-fresh mussels and prepare them on the same day. Mussels tend to deteriorate quickly, and you don’t want to risk eating bad ones.

Now, let’s get cleaning! Start by inspecting the mussels and discard any with broken shells or that are open and won’t close when you tap them. Next, rinse them under cold running water and use a stiff brush to scrub off any debris or barnacles.

If you want to be extra thorough, you can soak the mussels in cold salted water for about 20 minutes to help remove any sand or grit. Just be sure to rinse them again before cooking.

That’s it! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll never have to worry about getting sick from mussels again. Trust me, your tummy will thank you!

Learn how to clean mussels in 5 steps

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how to clean mussels

1- Inspect the Mussels

Before you start cleaning the mussels, it’s important to inspect them. Look for any mussels with broken shells, or those that are open and won’t close when you tap them. Discard any mussels that don’t pass this test, as they may be dead and not safe to eat.

2- Rinse the Mussels

Rinse the mussels: Rinse the mussels under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris. This will also help to remove any excess salt or sand that may be on the shells.

3- Scrub the Shells

Use a stiff brush to scrub the shells of the mussels, paying particular attention to any barnacles or other debris that may be stuck to them. This will help to remove any dirt or impurities that may be on the shells. Use a pairing knife to remove stubborn parasites.  

how to clean mussels
how to clean mussels

Debeard the mussels

Some mussels may have a fibrous “beard” attached to the shell, which is essentially a clump of threads that help the mussel attach to rocks or other surfaces. To remove the beard, use a clean cloth to firmly grip it and gently pull it towards the hinge end of the mussel. Be sure to remove the beard before cooking the mussels.

Soak the mussels 

Soak the mussels in cold salted water for about 20 minutes. This will help to remove any sand or grit that may be inside the mussels. To do this, mix 1/4 cup of sea salt with 4 cups of cold water in a large bowl. Add the mussels and let them soak for 20 minutes. After soaking, rinse the mussels again under cold running water to remove any excess salt.

How to clean mussels

Your mussels are ready to be cooked

So there you have it! Cleaning mussels may seem like a tedious task, but it’s crucial for enjoying their flavour and nutrients without any health risks. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can clean your mussels like a seasoned pro and savour every last bite with confidence. Don’t forget to only purchase super-fresh mussels and prepare them on the same day to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. 

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