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Sandy mussels?

roux42 May 19, 2013 06:02 AM

Why are my mussels always so sandy? I rinsed them off, then soaked them in clean water for 30 minutes. I had a vegetable strainer in the pot they were soaking in so the mussels would not sit in the sand. I then scooped them out of the pot and rinsed them again. Still sandy, please help!

  1. Cheese Boy May 20, 2013 11:39 PM

    It's important that the ropes be kept off the bottom to minimize the grit.
    Look --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-QhqD...

    1. d
      Dirtywextraolives May 19, 2013 02:23 PM

      Add some cornmeal to the soaking water. This will help the mussels purge the sand in their stomachs. Works with clams too.

      1. paulj May 19, 2013 09:29 AM

        Your soaking and rinsing removes sand from the outside, shell and beard, but isn't doing much for sand inside the shell. Wild ones grown on rocks in the wave zone. As others noted, farmed ones should be much lower in sand.

        1. EricMM May 19, 2013 09:02 AM

          What is the source of these mussels? The usual farmed muscles are suspended on ropes, so they are almost never sandy. If they are wild, much of the time what appears to be sand is actually tiny pearls in the mantle, basically sand grain size. If you look closely, you can see them as tiny purple bumps. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about them.

          1. c
            cstr May 19, 2013 06:39 AM

            I scrub the shells with a small brush as well as soaking.

            1. hotoynoodle May 19, 2013 06:25 AM

              no need to rinse. i generally soak, lift the out of the water with a big spider and have very little grit left over. some yes, but that usually stays at the bottom of the cookpot.

              are you harvesting your own?

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