Cooking Tips

Newfoundland Farmed Blue Mussels
 

From the clean cold waters of Newfoundland and Labrador comes our very plump juicy blue mussels. NL Farmed blue mussels are full of flavour and a delicacy for seafood lovers. They are easy to cook as well as they are an excellent healthy, easy meal option.  Any way that you prepare them you will experience the premium taste of our finest cultured NL blue mussel. Whether you prepare them for appetizers, in a seafood chowder or as a tasty entrée, you will be delighted by the gourmet taste of our NL Farmed blue mussels 

  

Buying Mussels

Fresh NL Farmed blue mussels grown and processed in NL are sold in mesh bags or can be found loose on ice at the seafood counter at your local grocery store. Each mesh bag includes a tag that tells you when the mussels were harvested, a best by date as well as the nutritional information. An easy way to tell if the mussels are fresh is to use your nose – they should smell like the ocean, fresh and salty.

Where to Find Mussels?

You can enjoy fresh NL Farmed blue mussels at many restaurants as a delicious appetizer or main course, or pick them up at your local grocery store or seafood market to enjoy a great meal at home. NL Farmed blue mussels are sold in mesh bags or can be found loose on ice at the seafood counter.  NL Farmed blue mussels are harvested year round – even through the winter – so they’re always fresh when you see them in the store.

Storing Mussels

Fresh NL Farmed blue mussels can be stored at home in your refrigerator for a few days so you don’t have to eat them right away. Here’s how:

  • Take mussels out of mesh bag and place in a bowl or tray and cover with a damp cloth or paper towel to keep them moist.
  • Do not store them in fresh water or in a sealed container.
  • A small amount of liquid will drain from the mussels each day. To maximize their shelf life drain this liquid daily.
  • Rinse the mussels in fresh water.

Cooking Preparations

Fresh cultured blue mussels are easy to cook as well as are a healthy and easy meal option. They’re quick and tasty and can be eaten right out of the pot or used in a variety of recipes. Before you start cooking, you should always give your mussels a quick rinse. Cultured blue mussels are pre-cleaned so that’s really all you need to do. The fresh water will cause the mussels to close. If there are any that don’t close give them a quick tap, if they still don’t close at least partially, simply discard them.

Let’s Get Cooking

Fresh blue mussels are cooked by steaming.  Place a little bit of water in a pot, just ¼ cup is often enough to provide the steam.  Turn the heat to high.  Add the rinsed mussels to the pot and put on the lid.  When the steam is coming out from under the lid, peek and if the mussels are open they are done!   This will only take 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much liquid you use, the strength of heat, the weight of the pot and the amount of mussels you have.  Tip the contents into a bowl and serve with some fresh crusty bread – it’s that simple!

In place of water, you can also use wine or beer or other liquids to steam the mussels and add some unique flavour or even throw in some chopped garlic or onions to add more flavour.  It’s best if the pot heats up very quickly so use maximum heat. This allows the mussel meat to release better so it’s easily removed from the shell.  

A Few Cooking Tips

  • Be careful not to overcook mussels and definitely do not boil them covered in water like a potato or pasta as they will not open. Mussels need to steam not boil.
  • In place of water, you can also use wine or beer or other liquids to steam the mussels. Also, throw in some chopped garlic or onions to add flavour.
  • It’s best if the pot heats up very quickly so use maximum heat. This allows the mussel meat to release better so it’s easily removed from the shell.
  • A general guide for how many mussels to cook is one pound per person.
  • The broth left in the pot after steaming is delicious. Serve it with the mussels and use bread to dip.

Fresh NL Farmed blue mussels are a perfect choice for any occasion from a family meal, to an informal gathering, to a party. They’re always a tasty and easy way to serve up great food.

Click here for some great mussel recipes or visit www.discovermussels.com.

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