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madeliner Nov 12, 2012 06:18 PM

Hi I bought a bag of pei mussels today and saw when I got home the sell by date is tomorrow-they do smell a little (I dont remember pei mussels smelling at all but I could be wrong) but are not open

are they ok to eat? I'll steam them open tonight.

Thanks! :)

  1. chefj Nov 12, 2012 07:02 PM

    If they are alive you can eat them.

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    1. re: chefj
      madeliner Nov 12, 2012 07:52 PM


      -makes sense that as long as they are alive they are ok to eat

      thanks a bunch chefj.

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      Brandon Nelson Nov 12, 2012 08:54 PM

      Put them in a colander and run a lot of water over them. Throw out any that don't close (they are dead). Cook, throw out any that don't open.

      Any doubts about any them, throw them out. A bad bi valve will get you very sick.

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      1. re: Brandon Nelson
        njmarshall55 Nov 13, 2012 10:01 AM

        Agreed. Never been so sick as after bad seafood. Asked SO to just shoot me and put me out of my misery. Better safe than sorry.

      2. Bacardi1 Nov 13, 2012 02:20 PM

        Give them a brisk risk under cold water. Any that are partially opened & don't close after a brisk rinse & tap should be tossed. Cook the rest, & any that don't open after the rest open after cooking should be tossed as well.

        And if the number of ones you've had to toss are more than just a few, ask for a refund from your purchasing market. And INSIST on that refund.

        I once bought a sack of mussels that looked lovely at the market, but turned out to be 99% dead when I dumped them into the sink to rinse. Horrible. Luckily I still had my receipt & mussel bag tab, so ended up getting a full refund.

        Never turn the other cheek if you get stale shellfish. Prices these days are far too high.

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        1. re: Bacardi1
          madeliner Nov 18, 2012 01:14 PM

          Thanks guys

          They were ok, all closed after washing

          Getting more today and will definitely ask for the date before buying them

          1. re: madeliner
            chefj Nov 18, 2012 05:24 PM

            Really the date of harvest does not help that much. How they are stored and handled will make the most difference. If handled badly they could die the same day that they are harvested.
            Good advice here http://www.martins-seafresh.co.uk/Mus...

            1. re: chefj
              Bacardi1 Nov 19, 2012 04:20 AM

              I 2nd the harvest date not being terribly important if the shellfish have been handled well. However, I disagree with the the link's advice to store mussels "tightly packed" in the fridge, as "tightly packed" is easily construed to mean in a closed bag or air-tight container. Shellfish need to be kept alive, & do need air. Never store shellfish in an enclosed container - always store in an open bag or container in the coldest part of your fridge &/or on ice.

              1. re: Bacardi1
                chefj Nov 19, 2012 03:46 PM

                They did not say anything about covering though I cover with a Tea Towel, but good to reinforce anyway.

            2. re: madeliner
              njmarshall55 Nov 19, 2012 08:14 AM

              JOOC, how did you fix them?

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