How Much Do Mussels Cost?
Mussels, according to fitday.com, are “are a type of clam, usually long and wedge shaped, which grow in the ocean, along the shoreline.”
How much does it cost?
- On average, be prepared to pay anywhere from $3 to as much as $6 per pound of mussels. The costs will fluctuate depending on the time of year and where they are purchased from.
- For example, in New Jersey, mussels can cost $3 to $5 per pound depending on their size. In DC, the price ranges from $3 to $4 a pound.
- Wholefoodsmarket.com, for example, sells mussels for $5 per two pounds.
- In other stores, such as Franksseafood.com, their cultured mussels retail for $7.22 per 2-pound bag.
- On Food52.com, users claimed that you should be prepared to pay around $3.50 to $7 per pound of mussels.
What is going to be included?
- Mussels have a limited shelf life, and it is highly recommended that they are consumed within 24-48 hours or arrival.
- Most stores are going to either sell them by the pound or package them into one or two-pound packages. A reputable store will package 10-20% more than the order since some can go bad during the transit.
- Mussels can either be purchased frozen or fresh in the seafood department of any grocer store. They can also be ordered online or purchasing from a local fish market.
- Mussels can be harvested straight from the ocean or they can be grown in farms for commercial use.
- Like many other types of meat and seafood, mussels are very high in protein. However, they are also very low in fat; this makes them even healthier than meats such as beef.
- Mussels are very low in calories, only containing about 70 calories per 3 ounces.
- Mussels contain a high amount of vitamin B12, which can boost the metabolism of the body. A deficiency of B12 can cause depression or fatigue, so mussels can help you avoid these conditions.
- Mussels are also a good source of selenium, vitamins C and B, iron, phosphorous, manganese, and zinc.
What are the extra costs?
- If ordering online, additional shipping fees may apply. Due to the sensitivity of the order, most orders will have to arrive on your doorstep within a few days. Most shipping fees should be no more than $10.
- Do not forget the herbs and spices you want to use with your recipe. There are so many different ways to prepare mussels, and each way will need certain ingredients.
Tips to know:
- If you buy mussels, cook them on the same day because they expire very quickly.
- Buy mussels with tightly closed shells. This means that they are fresh.
- If fresh, mussels should smell like salt water.
- Before cooking, clean the mussels with fresh water. Remove any barnacles or weeds that are stuck on the shells.
- Soaking the mussels in fresh water will kill them, so do not do this.
- Look for chipped or cracked shells or any opened mussels. Separate them from the others and throw them out. These are signs that the mussels are not fresh or safe to eat anymore.
- Scrub off any beard on the mussels. Usually, the beards are already removed upon purchase, but if this is not the case, remove it by grabbing and pulling it firmly. If this does not work out, you can use a knife or a scissor to cut the beard.
- Do not overcook the mussels because they will become tough and they will shrink. It will only take a few minutes to cook them.
- Although there are many benefits of eating mussels, there are also a few risks. Mussels have a high risk of carrying bacteria that is common among seafood and should be cooked immediately or purchased pre-cooked and frozen. Mussels may also contain dangerous algae in their tissues. Even cooking the mussels in extreme temperatures will not kill these algae. Luckily, government agencies closely regulate this and will not allow any exposed mussels to be sold.
How can I save money?
- Cook the mussels the same day you bought it so you will not have to buy another package when you fail to cook it.
- If you plan to cook the mussels after a few days, store them in the fridge. Make sure to keep them damp by wrapping either wet newspaper or damp cloth around them. This will make the mussels alive longer.
- If purchasing from a local grocery store, keep your eyes peeled for sales or promotions.
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