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Bad mussels?

alishadunn | Jan 3, 2007 03:14 AM

Last week I made paella using the recipe from America's Test Kitchen. It turned out beautifully, except that something was wrong with my mussels. They seemed fine when I scrubbed them... I threw out a few that were spoiled but the rest of them were tightly closed.

This recipe uses a dutch oven and finishes cooking in the oven (I guess this is blasphemy for paella hounds). Anyway, the recipe said to arrange the mussels in the rice hinge side down, cover the pot and put it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes. After following these instructions, most of the mussels had opened, but they did not look normal. Instead of the familiar plump oval shaped morsel, there was very little meat, and what was there was sort of mucus-y and stringy. Some of them looked a little more normal... most of us did not eat any mussels since they were questionable. However, my grandmother insisted that they were fine... she ate a lot and did not get sick. Any ideas?? Do you think that they were simply old? We bought them from a reputable seafood dealer but this was in Pittsburgh, PA...

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