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First mussels

Not the first ones I've eaten, but the first ones I've cooked. I finally decided to try them, and was pleasantly surprised that my secondary local supermarket carries them. Yay density! $2.49/lb discount, $2.99 list, vs. the $1 that Roche was offering at least earlier this summer. But I can walk to this one.

They're only sold in a net bag here; the counter guy offered to pick out open ones, which I refused out of impatience. Shouldn't have: quite a few were open, and I ended up paying for literal dead weight.

Carefully throwing out everything that was even a little bit open, I steamed a selection of the rest in like 1/3 cup of water and some scallions and garlic powder. Website suggested 5 minutes for a pound. I think my gas stove's high mode may be HIGH, because after 2-3 minutes they were almost all wide open and the water had mostly gone.

Decently tasty and nothing tasted rotten. Here's hoping!

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come_to_think
Oct. 10th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Try white wine & garlic.
I think it suffices to let it come to a boil & then check if the shells are open.
mindstalk
Oct. 10th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
Though I also see advice "cook at least 6 minutes to kill bacteria/parasites". This seems to conflict with small batches...
thomasyan
Oct. 10th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Actually, I would have guessed he meant he would select only open ones for you, and gently squeeze them to make sure they closed when so treated, demonstrating they are alive. If they are closed, you don't know if they are live, dead, or full of mud. I the latter case, you toss out any during cooking that don't open up, and hope they don't contaminate the liquor from the rest.
mindstalk
Oct. 10th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
His actual words were an offer to pick out the dead ones. I asked how he'd know (though I'd done some research) and he said "the open ones", as I expected.

Given that they were all jammed up in a net bag, I'd guess not a lot of live openness to begin with?

I'll try other stores for my next purchase, see what they offer.
coalboy
Oct. 10th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yum!
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