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How to clean mussel and debeard

What are mussels

Mussels are a type of bivalve mollusk that is commonly consumed as seafood

Among all other mussels in the world Blue mussels, Mediterranean mussels, and New Zealand Green-lipped mussels are the most popular.

Types of Mussel

Mussels taste slightly sweet but clams taste slightly briny and salty. Mussel's outer shell is rough but clam's outer shell is smooth.

Mussels vs Clam

Mussel Vs Oyster

Mussels have a mild, slightly sweet flavour with a slightly chewy texture, on the other hand, Oysters have a briny, salty flavour with a smooth, creamy texture

Keep mussels in freshwater 

After buying mussels keep them in a bowl of fresh cold water for about 30 minutes. It helps the mussels to breathe and extract excess salt and sand stored inside their shells

Discard any open mussel

Now discard any dead musel. You can easily find them if they are open and doesn't close automatically with small movements.

Rinse and Scrub

Now using a firm brush scrub the mussel's outer shell to remove any additional sand or barnacles.   Then rinse throughly in running water.

Remove the beard

Finally remove the beard from the mussels, hold the mussel in one hand, cover the other hand with a dry paper towel grasp the beard between your thumb and forefinger and pull it towards the palm or the hinged end of the mussel shell.