Skill level


Equipment you will need for this technique


If your mussels are covered in mud or barnacles, rub handfuls of them together under running water before you start.

-Tap any mussels that are partly open and discard those that do not close tightly.

-Rinse or dip each mussel in cold water.

-Pull the straggly, hairy 'beards' from the mussels.

-(After cooking, discard any mussels that have not fully opened.)