MUSSELs are clam-like molluscs, although they are larger in size. His flesh is red or white.
The vast majority that are in the trade are canned, it is very difficult to get them fresh.
Shellfish are more delicate than fish, for this reason you have to take special care when buying them. It must be in a reliable, specialized place with suitable cooling equipment and qualified personnel, which guarantees the quality of the product.
To check the quality of seafood, we need to know that:
They can be purchased alive, refrigerated, frozen or canned, depending on their class.
The most advisable are canned or frozen, if we have the guarantee that the cold chain has not been interrupted and have been protected from dust and excessive handling. The best are the bulk packs i.e. in small packets of 1-2 pounds.
Its smell must be mild to seawater, never penetrating odor to ammonia. Vivid Color, non-opaque glossy.
Live shell molluscs must have it closed or ajar not opened because this means they are dead.
The frozen, unopened ajar. After cooking, it must be opened, if it is closed, discard it because it is damaged.
Some of the shell molluscs such as oysters can be consumed raw with lemon.
When you go to buy frozen seafood you should consider:
- Observe the expiration or expiration date of the product. Choose the most distant fulfillment. That the date is not clogged or retreaded is to say that it is not altered.
- Note that the packaging and labels are in perfect condition, not broken or in bad condition.
- Choose the seafood at the end in the supermarket, not to interrupt “the cold chain” of them.
- Check that they are well frozen and that the package does not have frost, because there you see that they have already been partially thawed.
All shellfish can be cooked to be consumed in different preparations, whether breaded, poached or sautéed in butter or in the desired fatty medium.
Seafood as soon as you reach your final destination, they should be placed in the refrigerator or freezer.
Thawing should not be allowed to freeze again because bacteria are activated and can cause health-damaging effects.
Shellfish that have already been cooked must be allowed to cool to refrigerate. They should be placed in a clean, dry and airtight container. Always serve them with a clean utensil.
Refrigerated raw, 2 days maximum and depending on its freshness at the time of purchase. Cooked refrigerated 4 days, maximum.
Frozen and without interrupting the freezing process, approximately 2 months and depending on the expiration date.
2-4 days approx. 2 months approx.
Note: Always handle seafood with clean hands or disposable gloves and those that have already been cooked, with clean utensils.