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Le Cordon Bleu News, 12/03/2012
Cleaning mussels
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Technique: Cleaning mussels
Whether cultivated or wild, mussels must be carefully cleaned before being cooked
Choose undamaged, fresh-smelling mussels. Ensure they are all tightly closed; discard any that do not shut when tapped.
  1. Scrape off any barnacles from the outsides of the shells with the back of a small knife.
  2. With your thumb against the blade, pull out and detach any hair-like beards from the hinges of the shells.
  3. Scrub each shell briskly under cold running water with a stiff brush; this will remove any sand. Discard any mussels with cracked shells and any that do not shut when tapped. Discard those that remain closed once cooked.
Safety first:
  • Do not collect mussels from the wild especially in summer.
  • If possible cook mussels on the day of purchase.
This technique has been used in the following recipe:

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