Cleaning mussels is quite a simple operation, but it is crucial that you do it thoroughly well, to keep them healthy. First and foremost, always buy fresh mussels and assure the shells are damp, tightly closed and intact.
This guide will therefore see how to clean mussels, remove any debris and the beards too. Then, you will be able to use them for amazing recipes, with pasta, au gratin, with more fish or shellfish…
So, let’s see how to clean mussels.
Wash them under fresh running water.
With a blade, remove any barnacles and debris from the shell.
Then remove the beard: just hold it and give a firm pull.
With a stiff brush or a steel scrubber scrub the mussels, one by one, under running water.
Submerge the mussels in a bowl of cool salted water for about 30 minutes. Then drain them: they are ready to be cooked.