You Will Love This Life Hack: How To Clean 4kg Of Mussels In Under 10 Minutes!


Cleaning mussels can be a challenge

Mussels are small bivalves that are delicious when lightly steamed with a white wine broth and eaten with fresh crusty bread. If you have a large quantity of uncleaned fresh mussels to prepare, however, there is no getting away from the fact that it is a laborious and difficult job, as barnacles have to be scrubbed away, the beards that hold the mussel to the rock have to be scrubbed from the tips of the shells, and any grains of sand have to be thoroughly rinsed before the mussel is fit to be cooked. Luckily, there is a clever way of cleaning mussels like a pro in a tenth of the time. Here's how to do it:

Equipment needed for the job

  • A strong black plastic bin liner
  • A large colander
  • Two large plastic containers
  • One kilogramme of coarse sea salt
  • Water
  • A sharp knife

Step One: Kneading the Mussels in a Bag

Place the bin liner in your kitchen sink so that it is open as wide as possible. Tip all the mussels into the bin liner and then add all the coarse sea salt. Fasten the bag with a knot so that there is hardly any spare space. Trim the bag above the knot with scissors or a knife so that it is easier to work with. You now need to knead the bag for approximately three to four minutes in the sink, in a similar way as if you were kneading a lump of dough. Turn it around, massage it with your hands, and make sure that the salt is thoroughly worked into the mussels. Using a bin liner means that your hands are protected from the rough salt and the mussels are contained within.

Step Two: Rinsing and Scraping

Next, pour as many mussels as will fit into a metal colander and rinse with running tap water. Put the rinsed mussels into one of the plastic containers and repeat the process with the remaining mussels. Fill the container with water to rinse any remaining traces of salt or grit. Use your hands to remove any traces of barnacle and beard that may still be clinging to the mussels. This process shouldn't take too long as the sea salt will have done its work exfoliating the shells, so you shouldn't need to use steel wool. Put the finished mussels in the other plastic container. Voila! A tub full of lovely shiny shelled mussels and a job done like a boss!

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