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Ina Garten's Foolproof Method To Avoid Gritty Mussels
Mussels can be served in a variety of dishes, including cioppino soup, savory broth, and even with fries. In her classic fisherman's stew, celebrity chef Ina Garten has a simple tip for cleaning the mussels to ensure no sandy bits land in your teeth.
As the mussels soak in a big bowl of water, Garten adds all-purpose flour to the mixture. The mussels must be submerged for 30 minutes, or until the sand has leached out, and then drained and given a second thorough rinsing.
After properly cleaning your mussels, try Garten's fisherman's stew, which includes mussels, cod, shrimp, and scallops. With Garten's flour-soaking method, it's safe to say your mussels will have a smooth texture and delicious, grit-free flavor.