Before cooking, mussels must be carefully scraped and washed to remove barnacles, sand, and the “beard” that attaches them to the poles or ropes on which cultivated mussels grow.
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- Small knife
STEP 1: With a small knife, detach and discard any weed or “beard” from the mussels. Scrape each mussel to remove any barnacles.
TAKE CARE: Discard any mussels that have broken shells or that do not close when tapped.
STEP 2: Scrub the mussels thoroughly under cold running water using a stiff brush.