Tips and trics


  • Remove from plastic bag and store either loose or in mesh bag
  • Place in bowl or unsealed container
  • Cover with clean damp cloth or paper towel. Remember – never store in water!
  • Store in fridge (up to a few days and make sure they smell like the sea)
  • Drain daily any water that collects in bowl/container


Place the mussels in a colander in the sink and run water over them, using your hands or a clean scrubbing brush to rub off any debris like seaweed, sand, barnacles, or mud spots that could be on the shell. If you find any mussels with open shells, lightly tap that mussel against the side of the sink. If the mussel closes up again in response to this turmoil, it's alive. If it doesn't move, discard it.

The "beard" of a mussel is the clump of hair-like fibres that sprouts from the shell. To remove the beard from the mussels, grab it with your thumb and forefinger and tug it toward the hinge of the mussel shell. You can also use a knife to gently scrape away the beard.

Try some of traditional recipes from our region