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Expected survival rate for a bag of mussels?

gimlis1mum | Sep 9, 201305:30 PM

We recently discovered that my little boys love mussels. i've purchased them twice from Whole Foods (two different locations, Woburn and Medford) and once from Market Basket (Chelsea). I ended up tossing about half of the ones from both WF purchases, but only ~1/4 from the MB purchase, before cooking.

I'm pretty conservative about tossing them - I don't want to make my kids sick! - but is this typical? I sort through them and discard any that aren't tightly closed, then soak them in cold water for ~20 min and discard any that have opened and don't shut when I tap on them.

Is there a better place to buy mussels?

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