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May 19, 2013 06:02 AM

Sandy mussels?

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!

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  1. 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?

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

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