cleaning/purging mussels and clams
I'm going to do mussels and clams over the next few days. I love them but really hate the grit in some of the mussels and clams. What is the best way to get the grits/sand out of mussels and clams.
Note I do scrub each on but the issue is the sand and grit inside the animal.
A trick my family has employed for getting clams clean is to place them in a large container/bowl, cover with water, and sprinkle a bunch of black pepper on top. Apparently, the pepper irritates the clams and they "spit" out sand. I have also heard of people using corn meal - I assume for the same reason.
we put them in a shallow dish covered with water and sprinkle corn meal into it. leave in refrigerator overnight. the yellow corn meal will have lots of waste flakes in the morning. (my wife cannot stand the grit in a clam!)