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Mar 23, 2010 06:54 AM

Costco mussels any good?

I have seen the large packs of shrink wrapped mussels at Costco and am considering buying some for the Easter weekend. Has anyone tried them? I'm in no way a mussel expert, but I was very surprised to see them shrink-wrapped like that and wondered how they stay alive in there!

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  1. They are alive and well up to the last sale date on the upper right side of the tray.
    I bought a much smaller shrink wrapped pack from Price Chopper, and they were all good.
    The air inside the package contains extra oxygen to keep them alive.

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    1. re: jayt90

      I've been tempted, too.Costco takes more care than most monitoring stale dates, especially on their seafood which has always been fresh from my local warehouse. Admittedly, the packaging is unusual but probably delivers a fresher product. I've seen lots of DOA mussels in those cute mesh bags on ice elsewhere.

      1. re: Kagemusha

        Usually buy them at Diana`s, I am not sure but Costco is a bit less expensive. I have been picking them up at Costco regularly, and have not been disappointed.

    2. I bought 2 of these shrink wrapped containers from Costco a few weeks back and was kinda skeptical bout it. But the price of it was to good! When opened, i found 1 or 2 broken mussel (shells) in each container. Some of the mussels looked sorta opened so i thought they were dead. But i googled it and apparently these mussels sorta sleep in these containers. After cooking they all opened! Tasted quite good cooked in a beer & sausage broth.

      1. I have never noticed these in my local costco (south etobicoke). Where are they usually located in the store?

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        1. re: camp1980

          I don't know why you'd bother buying mussels there. They're practically free no matter where you get them. And if you've ever eaten a bad mussel, you never really forget it. I'm not anti-Costco at all: it's a great place for a lot of stuff (hardware, canned tomatoes, maple syrup that isn't a complete rip-off . . . ). But when I'm buying arch-perishables that can put my dinner guests on their hands and knees toiletside for three days straight, I'm going to head to a reputable fishmonger every time.

          1. re: pimentdespelette

            "reputable fishmonger" is a border-line oxymoron. Costco staff assiduously monitors stale dates on meat, cheese and seafood. Never a problem for me with hyper-perishable items like shellfish from them. Indeed, I've unknowingly picked up chum bucket-grade stuff from every fish counter at SLM over the years.

        2. Thanks everyone for your responses. I think I will give them a try!

          1. I believe they are also selling mussels packaged this way at my local Pape IGA, so maybe Sobey's is carrying them too. I was also suspicious but it would be a lot more convenient for me than other options. Thank you for posting.