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Best to Buy

Look for fresh mussels that smell clean, like the ocean, with tightly closed shells.

Prep & Store

Refrigerate mussels in a bowl covered with a damp towel. Never store mussels in water or in an airtight container—either method will kill them. Cook mussels as soon as possible, but keep for up to a week.

Quick & Easy Recipe

In a large saucepan, boil mussels in white wine. Reduce heat to a simmer until shells open; discard unopened mussels. Serve in a bowl with broth.

Nutrition Notes

Mussles are an excellent source of selenium and vitamin B12 and a good source of zinc and folic acid.

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