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Has anyone ever cooked mussels in Hay?

JB BANNISTER Aug 10, 2012 12:17 PM

I am wondering what it would taste like. I am going to experiment with this. I think it will be a unique way of doing it.

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    LindyCindy Aug 12, 2012 12:39 PM

    Where would we be without Google and a few key words? The flavors this method would impart are interesting making it worth a try. Will be looking for your results. Thanks for sharing.

    1. HillJ Aug 11, 2012 07:07 AM


      Some nice photos and tips on mussels steamed in hay here. Scroll midway down.

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        JB BANNISTER Aug 12, 2012 05:56 AM

        I love you. Thanks

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          HillJ Aug 12, 2012 07:27 AM

          Pls report back with your own tips. I'm ready to give it a go myself.

      2. HillJ Aug 10, 2012 02:04 PM

        I've used seaweed but not hay.

        1. todao Aug 10, 2012 02:02 PM

          Haven't tried it myself but if a hay stack can develop enough heat to combust spontaneously it can surely produce enough heat to cook mussels. They typically cook at a simmer (180 - 200 degrees).
          Trick would be to find the right combination of hydration, density and ambient atmospheric conditions to support the temperature needed for the experiment. Got a long probed digital thermometer?

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            JB BANNISTER Aug 10, 2012 02:50 PM

            That sounds like the idea. I will use a grill like the one below but no top. I plan on covering the mussels with wet newspaper. Maybe add a bottle of wine in the bottom of it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shish-Kebab-C...

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              todao Aug 10, 2012 03:45 PM

              If all else fails you can always light the hay on fire ;>}

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                JB BANNISTER Aug 11, 2012 06:54 AM

                That is the plan. I should have mentioned it. It will be a huge mussel bonfire resulting in smoked/steam mussels.

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