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Aug 10, 2012 12:17 PM

Has anyone ever cooked mussels in Hay?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: todao

      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.

      1. re: JB BANNISTER

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

        1. re: todao

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

    2. I've used seaweed but not hay.


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

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          1. re: JB BANNISTER

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

        1. 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.