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Bought some mussels, loads of them were open in the bag.... what would you do?

(14 Posts)
HeinzSight Sat 24-Oct-09 19:42:56

I've tapped them and some of them slowly close, but some are staying open.

I only bought them yesterday from Tesco, it says use by today.

I SOOOOOOOOO don't want to get food poisoning!

warthog Sat 24-Oct-09 19:44:03

i probably wouldn't risk it, but then i was up with vomiting and diarrhea last night.

HeinzSight Sat 24-Oct-09 19:50:35

Hmm, not sure what to do.

From what I've found on the net it suggests the ones that close when you tap them are fine.

MrFibble Sat 24-Oct-09 19:54:19

IME you should be fine with the ones that close themselves up.

whinegums Sat 24-Oct-09 20:18:01

If it's not too late (i.e you haven't binned them and ordered a takeaway!) - dump them in the sink and run cold water over them for five mins. Then put the plug in and fill the sink with cold water. Give any open ones a hard tap, bin if they don't close. Cook them and don't eat any that don't open.

jennifersofia Sat 24-Oct-09 20:20:20

Bin them, definitely. Food poisoning by shellfish is really awful, and can put you off shellfish for life.

ImSoNotTelling Sat 24-Oct-09 20:35:21

What whinegums said. What you are looking to do it chuck any that are dead. If they can't close their shells when they are uncooked then they are dead. Ditto if they don't open when cooked.

Mmmmm I love mussels smile

HeinzSight Sat 24-Oct-09 22:18:31

I'm still alive. Did what whinegums said and they were yummy!

whinegums Sun 25-Oct-09 08:17:55

Excellent! I love mussels too! Very glad to hear you didn't waste them.

ImSoNotTelling Sun 25-Oct-09 09:17:23

Good good! I am also inordinately pleased that you didnt throw them away!

How did you cook them? <slurp>

HeinzSight Sun 25-Oct-09 10:21:22

I just put done salt and lazy garlic in the water. They were scrummy!!!!!

ImSoNotTelling Sun 25-Oct-09 10:53:15

Simple but delicious mmmmmm.

I have got in the habit of doing mine with cream etc <big tum emoticon>

meltedmarsbars Sun 25-Oct-09 14:29:16

Must have been a mussely day - we had them too. Sauteed leek, slosh of wine and black pepper and parsley, and home-made bread.

Mmmmm.....and no-on was ill (have never been ill from shellfish)

whinegums Sun 25-Oct-09 19:49:39

All sound good. I also like a tomato, chilli, garlic and white wine sauce with mine, or Thai green curry paste and coconut milk. Mussels are great aren't they - so tasty, and cheap!

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