Is it safe to eat clams and mussels that were closed in the store, but have opened in the travel time between store and sautee pan (about 1 hour)?
As cstr says, tap them to see if the close up again. As they are alive they continue to open and close. You want the clams to open a bit in order to purge the dirt/sand/muck...soak them for a while in several changes of cold salt water.
Add a little flour to you water and it will help in this process
corn meal works even better as the grit slightly aggravates them to spit sand out
Well, shows how much I know. I had been just cleaning them and then steaming them and then straining the liquid through cheesecloth to make the sauce. Thanks
If they open before cooking, give the open ones a tap on the counter to see if they close, this should happen in about 30 seconds. If they don't close chuck them.
Most Recommended Discussions on General Topics
Mar 15, 2014
Who still drinks soda?
about 1 hour ago
Are jumbo eggs crueler?
12 minutes ago
Whole Uncleaned Rainbow Trout...
about 9 hours ago
Celtic sea salt or Himalayan...
about 15 hours ago
Your "Go To" Store-Bought Roasted...
6 minutes ago
40 Impressive Birthday Cake Recipes
See All 41 Recipes »
About/Contact CHOW |
Posting Guidelines |
CBS Entertainment | About CBS Interactive | Jobs | Advertise