If you ever wanted a quick, healthy, tasty and mouth-watering dish good enough for a party, mussels would be your ideal choice. Mussels come in two forms, saltwater, and freshwater. My favorite is saltwater mussels, but it’s just my personal opinion. The freshwater mussels taste good too.
The nutritional value of mussels
Mussels are full of proteins as do most seafood. They are so protein-rich that 100g of mussels can cater to about 40% of your daily protein requirement. In addition, mussels are rich with iron, vitamin C (vitamin c deficiency icd 10 E64.2) and sodium. Perhaps what many people may not be aware of is that mussels contain abundance cobalamin. Cobalamin which in other words called vitamin B12, is extremely important for the natural formation of red blood cells. It is also suitable for the health of the nerve tissues. Vitamin B deficiency (vitamin B deficiency icd 10 code E53.9) is a critical condition that could lead to anemia and permanent nerve and brain damage if left undetected and untreated.
How to clean mussels?
Cleaning mussels is not that difficult although it may look so. You may follow the following steps.
- Place the mussels in a colander (a basket with holes) and pour running water over them. (make sure to keep them in a sink)
- Use a brush or fingers to support the water flow to rub off any debris such as dirt, sand, mud, seaweed or barnacles.
- If there are any mussels with open shells tap them against a strong object like the side of the sink and rinse thoroughly with running water.
- Saltwater mussels may need to be washed more than freshwater mussels
How to cook mussels?
- A deep pan or a stockpot
- A cooker
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp white wine
- 1 tea spoon lime juice
- 1/4 tea spoon salt
- 1 tbsp beer optional
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 100 g cleaned mussels with shell
- Get 1 1/2 cups of water and add vinegar to it. Stir it well.
- Dip the mussels in the water+vinegar mix and keep it for 10-15 minutes
- Get a good-sized deep pan or stockpot and then add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Here’s the fun part. Add white wine, a dip of lemon juice, a tinge of salt and (if you’re adventurous some beer) to the liquid and let it boil in medium to high heat.
- After 15 minutes, drip off the water and keep the mussels aside till the water boils.
- When the liquid boils (bubbles will come up at this stage) add mussels and cover it with a tight lid.
- how long to cook mussels? This is a tricky question as it depends on the size of the shell. The best assumption would be between 4 minutes to 10 minutes.
- how to know whether mussels are cooked enough? Simple. The shells will be opened and then you know they are cooked enough.
- After cooking, garnish to entice the taste buds.
if you like mussels a bit hot, you can garnish them by spraying a bit of chili pieces, some pepper and a tinge of salt. Eat these with crackers and you will simply love it.
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