Mussels in White Wine Sauce – How I Faced My Fears
I don’t know about you, but there have always been meals that I have been scared to cook. There are simply some types of food that seem very difficult to handle. And some recipes seem to be so complicated that I worry it would take me hours making them. (I must confess here that I am happy to spend a whole day in the kitchen only if I prepare a feast not a single dish).
Mussels are a great example of ingredients that used to scare me. I don't know why, maybe because I didn't have them that often and treated them as a delicacy. Or perhaps because it used to be almost impossible to purchase them in Poland. Or probably I simply didn't know how to make mussels. But I loved eating them so, one day I decided to face my fears finally and bought this dreaded seafood. And soon I realized they weren’t as tricky as I thought!
How to Clean Mussels?
Although it takes some time to get them ready for cooking, the method is not hard at all. So, how to clean mussels? First, you have to rinse them. Then you have to check each one. When it is open, you should tap it on the kitchen surface and see how it behaves. If it closes, then you can use it. Otherwise, it is dead, and you should discard it. You must also throw away all the damaged ones. Next, you should remove any barnacles or “beards” from all of the closed shells. Afterwards, you should rinse them thoroughly again. And now they are not only ready to use but you also have behind you the most time-consuming part of preparation. Cooking these delicious classic Mussels in White Wine Sauce will now take you only minutes.
P.S. Once you know how easy it is to clean mussels, you may want to try them in some other recipes.