Wednesday, 20 June 2012

How to: Mussels

People get so squeamish about cooking lobsters at home -- poor little harmless creatures suffering through seconds of burning pain as they drown in a pot of boiling water. How excruciating it must be for them. How cruel. You know who I feel sorry for? The poor mussels in your bouillabaisse soup. Mussels and other shellfish of the sort just don't receive the same sort of sympathy. We seem to forget that we're also cooking them alive. 
Cruelty aside, they're wonderfully easy to cook/kill. First, discard the ones that are already dead -- the ones that don't respond. Tap them or something, see if they open up or close. See if they're gasping for air, grasping onto their last few momentsof life. I've long been desensitized to these things.
Ever since I started enjoying food. Forgive me, vegetarians, I feel no remorse. Anyway, bin the ones that are already dead. Clean and rinse them throughly. Pull their beards off. Scrub with a stiff brush to remove sand and such. Don't let them sit in cold water or else they'll die as well. Then it's simple -- usually you begin with hot liquid in a pot. It can be a mixture of white wine, stock and herbs. Here I had a nice tomato based soup. Read up recipes, experiment. Bring to a boil, lower it to a simmer then add the mussels and they're done when they're all open. The ones that don't open -- bin them. The whole process takes about 5 to 10 minutes. You can remove each mussel from the pot as soon as it opens to avoid over cooking some of them if you wish.


  1. Lovely site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some

    more. I am bookmarking your feeds also.
    Feel free to visit my page ...

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really know
    what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Please

    also discuss with my web site =). We

    will have a hyperlink exchange contract among us!
    Feel free to visit my site -

  4. Valuable information. Lucky me I found your web site by accident,
    and I am shocked why this

    accident did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it.
    Feel free to surf my web-site ::

  5. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you're working with?

    I'm planning to start my own blog soon but I'm having a hard time

    deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is

    because your design seems different then most blogs and I'm looking
    for something unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but
    I had to ask!
    Feel free to visit my web page ;

  6. When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a

    comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!
    Also visit my web blog -

  7. hello there and thanks on your info - I have

    definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however experience several technical points the use of

    this web site, since I experienced to reload the site lots

    of times prior to I could get it to load properly. I

    were pondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I'm complaining, but sluggish loading circumstances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and could harm your quality ranking if ads and ***********
    Also visit my blog post :

  8. You could certainly see your expertise in the paintings you

    write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as
    you who aren't afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.
    My blog : amities


© Design by Neat Design Corner