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Chocolatemama Mar 23, 2010 06:54 AM

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. jayt90 RE: Chocolatemama Mar 23, 2010 07:24 AM

    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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      Kagemusha RE: jayt90 Mar 23, 2010 07:49 AM

      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.

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        spine64 RE: Kagemusha Mar 23, 2010 01:02 PM

        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.
        Cheers

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      PrincessStress RE: Chocolatemama Mar 23, 2010 08:17 PM

      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.

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        camp1980 RE: Chocolatemama Mar 24, 2010 06:23 AM

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

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          pimentdespelette RE: camp1980 Mar 24, 2010 06:28 AM

          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.

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            Kagemusha RE: pimentdespelette Mar 24, 2010 05:40 PM

            "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.

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          Chocolatemama RE: Chocolatemama Mar 24, 2010 04:35 PM

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

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            julesrules RE: Chocolatemama Mar 25, 2010 05:24 AM

            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.

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              club mataba RE: Chocolatemama Mar 26, 2010 04:04 PM

              absolutely! They are a great deal, and very good, always fresh (especially if you go on Thursdays at my location) They hardly need any cleaning or de-breading, a quick rinse in the sink, then into the pot they go.

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                S_CAR_GO RE: Chocolatemama Mar 26, 2010 04:22 PM

                Tried these twice and they were fine. I wouldn't recommend getting them from a large grocery store...I tried many, Loblaws, Fortinos, Metro and Sobeys; none of them were any good, many were dead upon opening the box. The same goes for oysters...you would be better off looking for a small shop specializing in fresh fish/meats.

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                  mangoginger RE: S_CAR_GO Mar 26, 2010 05:39 PM

                  I bought them and thought they were excellent. As reported very clean requiring very little work. They are sold in black sealed packaging with the dates clearly marked. I would buy them again.

                2. ssinderella RE: Chocolatemama Aug 5, 2010 10:31 PM

                  I just got some day befoe yesterday, and aside from a few broken shelled ones, all the mussled cooked up beautifully. I had a total of 3 that did not open from the whole batch. Unfortunately, the bag contained a LOT of mussels--easily enough for 4 or 5 really hungry people, AND IT BEING ME AND MY 13 year old daughter 9who ate 1-it was a little overkill. But for the proce, it can't be beat. Costco has consistently had some of the highest wuality seafood I have purchased (and I live at the beach). They survive wervy wells in the net package with the plastic wrap. there was a little hole in the plastic, so they did have adequate air. Next time, I will have a party or wait for the road show where I CAN GET JUST A FEW INSTEAD OF 5 POUNDS....And the best part, if you do not care for it for any reason, they will refund your money. That happened once with me with seafood--since it is already wrpapped, you can't smell it--I which I had--Phew! but anyway, they are good and very fresh.

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                    elvisahmed RE: ssinderella Aug 6, 2010 06:50 AM

                    Very Similar experience here. The Mussels were all clean and only 2-3 didn't open up but for a 5 LBS box thats nothing. CostCo rules!

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