How to prep and cook fresh mussels
1. Serve mussels on the day you buy them. Store in the fridge.
2. Discard any raw mussels that do not close within a minute when tapped gently against the counter. Also discard any that are cracked.
3. Mussel “beards” are stringy threads that protrude from the shell. To remove, pull firmly to tug them out. Many mussels are already debearded during processing.
4. Do not eat any mussels that remain closed after cooking.