Seafood Preparation -
How to Beard Mussels & Open Mussels
When preparing your fish and seafood for
recipes, below are some useful tips and information that make life easier!
Using a stiff brush, scrub mussels well under running water, scraping
shell with a knife to remove any marine growth.
Tug beard toward pointed end to
Use whole as directed in recipe.
Put the cleaned Mussels in a bowl of warm, salted water.
begin to open, insert point of knife between the two shells and slide it toward pointed
end to sever the closing mechanism.
Mussels can also be opened by heating briefly in
Remove top shell if serving in the half shell, or leave in place if
Remove Mussel entirely if only the meat is required.
MUSSEL MYTH: Cooked
closed mussels should not be eaten - Unopened mussels
are just a nuisance to open because the mussel node has not
released. There is
NO scientific or microbiological reasoning to suggest
they should not be eaten. Don't waste them!
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