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    Need Help with Mussels

    I replicated a mussel dish I really liked but the mussels were full of grit.
    I scrubbed them, de-bearded them (pulling the beards straight out) steamed them and added my sauce.
    Am I missing some step or should I buy mussels somewhere else?
    Home cook with no mussel experience.

    Glen

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    Run them under cold water for awhile. The mussels will open up a bit and release the grit.

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    Gotta purge em a bit.
    Starting this harvest I'm a starving startling artist/
    Lyrical arsonist it's arduous spitting this smartest arsenic/

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    Yeah, we cover them in a bowl of cold water. I can't recall for exactly how long, but I'd say more than an hour. Then lift them out.

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    what they said. =D

    i always liked cooking them a bit in some saffron and white wine, and a tiny bit of chicken stock with some fennel / dill.... yum yum.

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    Might try adding some flour and salt to the water when purging.

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    Thanks, I'll try purging

    Glen

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    we always would put them in a bowl with tons of ice and some salt and run water over them while we cleaned them and they will usually open a tad and flush out.

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    i buy farmed mussels. they grow them on ropes hanging above the bottom. i rarely have issues with grit. i just rinse them off, brush off the stubborn stuff and yank out any beards i encounter.

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    salt water, we do it with clams also.

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