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How to Prep Mussels for Cooking

The freshest mussels are those with shells that look clean and shiny and are tightly closed. To get them ready for cooking, follow these simple steps.

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Inspect each shell for cracks and openings, and discard any that have them.

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Rinse the mussels in cold water, scrubbing them with a scrub sponge or vegetable brush to remove sand and grit.

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Debeard the mussels with your fingers: Simply grip the tough fibers that extend from the shell and pull them off.

 

Need to see how it's done. Watch this How to Cook video: