Cape Cod Mussels

2 - 10 lbs
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$108
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PRODUCT INFO

These mussels are wild harvested from natural beds in deep water off the Cape Cod National Seashore. They average between 3 & 4 inches in length and have delicious plump, sweet meat.

After harvest, these mussels are stored in a high tech, refrigerated flowing seawater system that keeps them fresher, tastier, and alive longer than other mussels on the market.  While in this wet holding area, they naturally clean themselves of sand, bacteria and grit by filtering the clean seawater.

When an order is placed, the mussels are removed from this storage system and inspected. The beards are "shaved" very close to the shell, but left intact to keep the mussels alive. (What's left of these beards typically diminish once the mussel is cooked.) These mussels are incredibly fresh at the time of shipment and will keep well in your refrigerator for 5-7 days after their ship date. (Please see our Storage section below for more specific recommendations on how to keep your mussels fresh if you won't be preparing and enjoying them right away.)

About Open Mussels: If your mussels arrive with several of their shells open (or you find many of them are open when you get ready to cook them), do not despair.  Contrary to popular belief, they may not be dead, just thirsty.

Briefly rinse (do not soak) all open mussels in cold tap water. They should begin to close. Any that remain open should be thrown out.

STORAGE

Storage:

If you will be eating your mussels soon after arrival, you can simply store them in a bowl in your refrigerator covered with a damp towel.

For ideal storage, you may want to keep them on ice. See how to store shellfish for a tutorial.

Open Mussels:

If your mussels arrive with several of their shells open (or you find many of them are open when you get ready to cook them), do not despair. Contrary to popular belief, they may not be dead, just thirsty.

Briefly rinse (do not soak) all open mussels in cold tap water. They should begin to close. Any that remain open should be thrown out.

For long term storage, leftover mussel meat can be frozen.  See how to freeze mussels for tips.

Shelf Life:

Fresh on Ice:5-7 days from date shipped.

Frozen Meat: Up to three months.

Up to 2 days once thawed.

RECIPES & TIPS

Soaking live mussels in flour-water before cooking can make them taste and look even better. Read How to Prep Live Mussels for more info.

These mussels have had their beards pre-removed (shaved off very close to the shell) for your convenience. (Please note that the beard "roots" remain intact to keep the mussels alive.) Any beard that remains should disintegrate during the cooking process. If preparing and serving in the shell, give the mussels a good scrub with a wire brush before cooking.

In-shell mussels can be steamed or grilled, removing individual mussels from the heat as they open. If you remove the mussels from their shells prior to cooking, they can be fried, broiled, sautéed, baked or smoked.

Mussels pair well with flavors like white wine, garlic, cream, cayenne pepper, tarragon, other shellfish (oysters, crab and clams), lemon juice & zest, thyme, pork, saffron, shallots, and tomatoes.

Any in-shell mussels that do not open during the cooking process should be discarded.

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