How do I prepare mussels before cooking?
Spring Bay blue mussels are clean shaved and de-bearded and ready to cook. Simply open the packet and you are ready to go.
What if the shells are gaping open or cracked?
Mussels often open slightly when exposed to light or when feeding. This does not mean that the mussel is dead or off. Dead mussels have an extremely unpleasant odour that will be immediately detectable.
Occasionally a mussel shell will crack or break. Vacuum packed Spring Bay mussels have been processed under hygienic conditions and stored in a sealed packet, so it is fine to eat.
How do I know if the mussels are cooked?
Mussels take around 3 minutes to cook when steamed in a pot with a tight fitting lid. The shells will open and the meat will contract from the edges of the shell when they are ready. If there are any unopened mussels after cooking, remove the open mussels from the pot with a slotted spoon and place in a serving bowl. Replace the lid and cook the rest for 1 minute longer. Success tips for cooking Spring Bay blue mussels.
Can I eat unopened mussels?
Unopened mussels can be eaten, it just means they were hanging on harder. Prize open the shells with a paring knife and eat.
How long can I keep the Spring Bay Mussels?
See the use by date on the packet. Once the packet is opened, use within 24 hours for best results.
How can I store the Spring Bay Mussels once the packet is opened?
Loose mussels should be stored in a drip tray or colander covered with crushed ice in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze Spring Bay Blue Mussels?
Mussels are sold live and best cooked straight from the packet. Mussels are best frozen after cooking. Remove the cooked mussels from their shell and place the mussel meat in an airtight container. Add enough cooking liquid to cover the mussel meat, cover with a lid and freeze for up to 3 months.