How to clean mussels?

Anna Kitaychik
Anna Kitaychik
January 23, 2015
How to clean mussels?

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How to clean mussels?

For those who first encounter the cooking of mussels, the process of cleaning them will not seem simple. To rid yourself of the inconvenience you need to follow a simple sequence of actions.

Not everyone knows that mussels are cleaned after cooking, and not raw. Consider how to clean the mussels.


  1. First you need to sort out mussels. Discard those that have opened up on their own, and place the rest in a deep bowl with cold water. This is to filter out the remaining sand.
  2. Then fill the mussels with clean water and put on maximum heat, cover the pan with a lid. Salt water is not necessary, since the water inside the mussels and so salty. When the water boils, the shells will begin to unfold themselves. You need to boil them for about 20 minutes, but no more, otherwise the meat will become hard and non-aromatic. By this time, the content of mussels should curl up and acquire a form that should resemble ordinary meat in density. If there is still mucus in the shells, then the mussels are not yet ready.
  3. At the end, open the shells and take out the meat, it will turn out without much effort. On some shells there may be a bundle of threads - this is a device for attaching to surfaces. They should be removed, as they are inedible.
  4. It is not necessary to clean the meat obtained, since all the contents are absolutely fit for human consumption. There are many ways to cook mussels tasty and healthy. Please yourself and your loved ones with this delicacy.

Mussels - the product is not ordinary, so you should pay attention to how to eat mussels. This product implies a special serving and its cooking methods.

If you purchased already repaired mussels, then you only need to defrost them to rinse off the sand and boil them (and for some recipes, fry them).

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