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How to get the Freshest Mussels

Oakville Boy | Jan 30, 2010 07:23 PM

We love mussels but nothing spoils a feast of these like biting into a bad one! (I know, I don't eat the ones from the closed shells, but bad ones still turn up)

How long do mussels keep after being processed? I was at a Sobey's on Jan 28 and was able to look at the labels on the mussel bags - some were processed on the 14th and others on the 20th. But I think the PEI mussel producers web site refer to 7 days' shelf life. Sobeys should know about mussels, being a maritime company. To be honest though these were on a cart and I don't know if they were being put out or withdrawn from display.

At many places you can't even see the labels on the bags or they have them loose. I notice that a lot of places have them sitting in ice water, even though the PEI mussel producers warn against this on their web site. Apparently they need good drainage. And how about those strange packages with plastic film stretched them - are they still good packaged in that way?

Does anyone know more about this, or where we can consistently get the freshest, plumpest mussels? (west end - mississauga, oakville)

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