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How to Clean Mussels

Learn how to clean mussels in this Howcast food video with Chef Brendan McDermott.


So, what we're going to do is we're going to clean off some mussels. When you buy your mussels, they should have a little beard on them. Sometimes you're purveyor will actually clear those off for you. You really want to get your mussels from a really credible, good fish store. You don't want them frozen or anything like that. These things are best when they're just right out of the water for a couple of days.

What we're going to do is, we're just going to take a sponge or a brush and just kind of scrub off any dirt or sand that might be on there. Then just when you're storing them, make sure you put them on ice, a little bit of some cold water around it. And you can even soak them with a little bit of sea salt in water as well, just to keep them in their natural habitat and not just dump them in fresh water. Just a little bit of salt water would be fine.

So, we're just going to rinse them off real quick, get them nice and clean, and then we'll cook them up.

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