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I bought frozen mussels before I knew any better

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I bought frozen mussels before I knew any better

iheartcooking | Aug 8, 2014 07:45 PM

So I went shopping for tinned seafood because lately that's what I'm into. Weird I know, but I wanted to try the many varieties of canned mackerel, sardine, shellfish, etc they sell at the Asian supermarket. Anyway...

Then I came upon the frozen section, and after oohing and aahing over the selection of fish balls, I finally grabbed a package of New Zealand mussels, frozen and without shells.

Then I looked on CH and saw quite a lot of folks warn against buying or eating frozen mussels. Bummer!

But I got em and I plan to eat em....somehow. Fortunately, no one in my house likes them but me, so I won't be making them soon, and, they're frozen so I have some time to figure out how to prepare them.

I assume they're not cooked although I can't find out for sure from the package.

I'd like to use them in pasta, but when I come home from work at an ungodly hour, would they be passable if I sauté them in butter?

Does the shell mean anything in terms of flavor or quality the way bones do in chicken?

So, any single-serving preparations for frozen mussels?

How do I know when they're "done?" Can't imagine sticking a meat thermometer in these things lol.

Please don't advise me to feed them to my cat. I don't have one.

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