- 1 When should I buy mussels?
- 2 What are the best kind of mussels?
- 3 How do you buy and store mussels?
- 4 Why are mussels so cheap?
- 5 What months should you not eat mussels?
- 6 How can you tell if a mussel is bad?
- 7 What kind of mussels do people eat?
- 8 Are closed mussels alive?
- 9 How many pounds of mussels do I need for 5 people?
- 10 What happens if I freeze mussels?
- 11 How long do mussels live for?
- 12 What happens if you eat dead mussels?
- 13 Is eating too many mussels bad for you?
- 14 What are the benefits of eating mussels?
- 15 What do mussels taste like?
When should I buy mussels?
Peak season for fresh mussels is October to March. You can buy mussels in their shells year round. You can also buy them shelled – these are frozen, smoked or bottled in brine or vinegar.
What are the best kind of mussels?
Farm-raised mussels are significantly cleaner and just as flavorful. You should buy 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of mussels per person for a main-course serving. The most common type is the black-colored “blue mussel,” but green-shelled New Zealand mussels are popular, too.
How do you buy and store mussels?
Buying & Storing Mussels
- They should smell fresh like the sea. When buying Mussels, like any seafood, it should smell fresh like the sea.
- They should still have the byssus or ‘beard’ attached. Don’t buy mussels that are too clean!
- Store in the fridge, in newspaper.
- Don’t soak in water.
- Storing Cooked Mussels.
Why are mussels so cheap?
That’s because mussel aquaculture is zero-input, meaning that the mussels don’t need food or fertilizer—unlike farmed shrimp or salmon, which require tons of feed and produce a great deal of waste. But mussels are cheaper, not to mention—in this writer’s opinion—generally tastier and easier to love.)
What months should you not eat mussels?
So from September through to April you can feast on oysters and mussels, but in the summer months they are to be avoided? Here is the truth behind the shellfish ‘R’ rule.
How can you tell if a mussel is bad?
Myth: Mussels have gone bad if they are open before cooking. Fact: Mussels that are open before cooking are most likely still alive. Give them a tap either with your finger or on the side of a bowl and wait for the shell to close up. If the shell does not close after tapping, then discard.
What kind of mussels do people eat?
There are many species of mussels in the world, and about 17 of them are edible. The most common are Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), Mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), Pacific Blue mussels (Mytilus trossellus), and New Zealand green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus).
Are closed mussels alive?
Buy mussels that look and smell fresh, with closed shells. If the shell doesn’t close, the mussel is dead and should be discarded (also toss any with broken shells).
How many pounds of mussels do I need for 5 people?
An easy rule of thumb is one pound per person or 450 grams (in the shell). Fresh blue mussels can be stored at home in your refrigerator for a few days so you don’t have to eat them right away.
What happens if I freeze mussels?
Do note that freezing live mussels will kill the shellfish. If say, you’d like to cook the mussels first prior to freezing, prep the shellfish by cleaning them. Stir the mussels occasionally as they cook. The mussels should open their shells, discard those that did not open their shell after boiling.
How long do mussels live for?
Although some mussels can live for up to 50 years, the brown mussel that we find along the east coast of SA only lives about 2 years.
What happens if you eat dead mussels?
You can eat mussels raw, steamed, boiled or fried as an appetizer or entrée. The meat of dead mussels deteriorates, increasing your risk of microorganism contamination, food poisoning, infectious disease and other health problems.
Is eating too many mussels bad for you?
Potential Risks of Mussels Gastrointestinal distress occurs first. Muscle paralysis may follow. If the person has eaten a lot of the contaminated shellfish, coma and death can follow.
What are the benefits of eating mussels?
Mussels are a clean and nutritious source of protein, as well as being a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and folate, and they exceed the recommended daily intake of selenium, iodine and iron. Mussels are sustainably farmed with no negative impact to the environment.
What do mussels taste like?
Mussels have a very mild “ocean” flavor with a faintly sweet, mushroom- like undertone. Their subtle taste makes them an excellent addition to many dishes, and they will take on the character of the other ingredients they’re combined with.