There are many questions that we receive from our customers relating to Mussels. We have created a list of the most frequently asked questions.
Why can’t Mussels be harvested in the rain?
Mussels are filter feeders and will typically filter up to 360 litres of water each day. Therefore the quality of the water is very important. The single biggest factor that can affect the water quality is the land run-off as a result of rainfall. A number of rain gauges are positioned throughout the mussel farm areas which are monitored by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority – a regulatory body that is independent of the Mussel Industry. The data collected determines which farms are open or closed for harvesting.
If mussels are open when we get them home are they dead?
This is a result of either the mussel getting too cold, or the mussel has relaxed & could be looking for food. The basic test is to take out the gaping mussel and leave on the bench for a couple of minutes, or just gently tap. If the mussel starts to close, then they are still very much alive.
What is the best way to store mussels?
Drain any excess juice and if storing in the polybin replace the ice pad and leave the lid on. If you’re putting in the fridge, you can also simply put into a bowl and cover with a damp tea-towel or cloth. The mussels should last for up to 5 days in the fridge.
If a mussel does not open when cooked is it dead?
When cooking fresh Hairy Mussel Co mussels there is a chance some will not open. They are not necessarily dead as you will notice a serious odour if that is the case. They sometimes need a knife flicked under the shell to detach the abductor mussel from the shell and you should find inside a happy, fresh hairy mussel.
Why are there sometimes little crabs inside mussels?
Little crabs are fond of mussels. They live in and around mussel farms. Mussels are a part of the crabs diet. When mussels are harvested they close their shells. If an unsuspecting crab happens to be inside a mussel at the time they become trapped. Thus once the mussels are cooked so too are the crabs. If you are lucky enough to find one of these little cuties in a cooked mussels have a try, some people consider them a delicacy. They will not do any harm to the mussel.
Do you have a question about Mussels?
Please feel free to ask us any questions about Mussels. We will endeavour to answer your question as soon as we can.