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Jul 30, 2008 03:07 PM

Reheating mussels

Can it be done? Can you reheat them in their shell or must you take them out? I just don't know what is safe in this department!

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  1. Safe?
    You would not NEED to take them out. The only thing you really need to know is that you are only trying to re-heat them - not re-cook them. BIG, BIG, difference. If they are in a sauce, or broth, I would remove the little buggers from the sauce, and heat the sauce first, THEN add the mussels back in, and cover, heated only for a minute, then remove from heat source until the mussels warmed up.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      I'd probably go you one better. Bring the broth to a boil, remove from stove and drop in the mussels. There's enough heat in the broth to reheat them without danger of toughening them. Well... On second thought, if you have a gazillion mussels and a half a cup of broth that ain't gonna work, but within reason, it will. I love mussels but I hate mussel flavored bubble gum. '-)

    2. Depends on how long they were left out after cooking. You usually want to thoroughly heat leftovers to kill any bacteria that might be present. I'd go with gordeaux's recommendation but make sure it's good and hot before eating if you want to be safe.

      1. I have a thing about reheating or leaving seafood for leftovers. Won't do it. Yes, I'm the same person who just said in another post a minute ago that I eat weeks-old unrefrigerated eggs. But shellfish? If I don't eat it all the first time, it gets thrown out! Weird how we make these (probably arbitrary and irrational) distinctions.