How to Buy and Cook Mussels

Long a well kept secret of New England fisherman, the black mussel continues to gain popularity. Here are some tips on how to buy mussels, plus a classic recipe for fresh steamed mussels.

steamed-mussels

  • Mussels today are usually cultivated–they are much cleaner than wild mussels, and their “beards”  are much smaller.
  • Farm-raised mussels do not require purging to release sand. If desired, rinse them with cold water. Do not soak in water or they might die.
  • Discard any mussels  with cracked or broken shells , or whose shells remain open.
  • Look for deep blue-black, tightly closed shells. If the shells are open, tap them; discard any mussels that don’t close.
  • Mussels  are live and need to breath, so  do not place them in air-tight plastic bags.
  • Mussels release quite a bit of liquid, which adds wonderful flavor to the broth.

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