Are these mussels safe to eat

The picture doesn’t do it justice but pretty much every single one of my mussels is open in the package.
WTF do I toss the whole thing?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >shrink wrapped mussels
    This kills the mussels.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They aren’t shrink wrapped. They are loosely wrapped in plastic. It’s not air tight and if you bought them in a seafood market or grocery store they would be put in a plastic bag which is basically the same thing.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Did you literally just copy/paste a reddit comment? I should loosely wrap your head in plastic and see how that goes for you.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That’s my reddit account idiot

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Then in that case. literally back to

            [...]

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              You were the one who found it, what were YOU doing on reddit hmm?

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I was on Google you idiot.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >see question on Culinaly
                >don't know the answer
                >immediately google and read first reddit post result to inform your reply
                >get mad at other anon for simply copy+pasting the same reply
                What the frick is happening to Culinaly? Just let anons who already know the subject reply, regurgitating reddit posts isn't knowledge.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                To be fair, I did actually know the answer, but told OP to see if a piece of cheese would make the mussels react because I thought that was funnier. Some questions should just be left to google.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Dont larp. You have a reddit account too.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Ummm. When fresh they come in that plastic netting type material, not a plastic bag, unless precooked/frozen.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    that will probably put you in the hospital if you eat it

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Myth: Mussels have gone bad if they are open before cooking.

    Fact: Mussels that are open before cooking are most likely still alive. Give them a tap either with your finger or on the side of a bowl and wait for the shell to close up. If the shell does not close after tapping, then discard.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Now you’re just copying the quora response

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        who cares. Quora, Reddit, Google are all better source of factual information than this cesspool of a website anyway.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        If your thread can be answered by a Google search then you might just want to do that.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >getting people to provide their own experiences/anecdotes is equivalent to reading a shitty quora response

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I honestly just wanted to see OP post a picture of a bunch of dead mussels lined up facing a piece of cheese.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >shitty quora response
            Quora is full of actual experts, learn to ask questions and use critical thinking and that website will become a gold mine.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    do americans really?
    no, but seriously, wtf? i often collect mussels, clams, barnacles, crabs. guess thats the benefit of living my whole life on an island (Denmark)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      forgot about oysters, frick i love oysters

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >do americans really eat oysters?
      >hey, so do danish people!

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        my country is the size of a small US city, your point?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >your point?
          My point was, what was your point?
          >do americans really?
          >no, but seriously, wtf?
          And then you just talked about how you like shellfish without ever mentioning what you thought was worth a "wtf" in the OP.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            20% mussels (at most)
            80% plastic
            the fact you are so mad proves my point

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              So you’re saying wtf at the price?

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                dont forget to tip!

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Tipping's not necessary at a cheap hourly motel room unless you're a repeat customer.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >the fact you are so mad
              What? Who's mad? So it's the price that you have a problem with, because you think the packaging is being included in the weight? And you think a little paper tray along with a single layer of plastic wrap weighs 4 times as much as the mussels themselves?

              If you just said you spent your whole life living on an island, but didn't specify where, people would assume it was some tiny rock way down in the South Pacific that has only recently been discovered by civilization, and who's inhabitants still haven't been corrupted by rationality. It's cute. Well, it would be if you didn't mention you were from fricking Denmark.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You two should get some lube, a box of condoms, and a cheap hourly motel room.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      in america unless you live in a large coastal city your seafood comes in cryovac trays and is generally going to be just swai with artificial adulterants to make it look like something it isn't. similarly to how the wine and cheese is all mislabeled with european PDOs stamped on it because consumers have been led to believe authenticity is white genocide, and parbaked low protein mush bread automatically becomes something else if you just change the macro geometric properties of the loaf

      in short, flyover shit hole problems, not my problem (pic unrelated)

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >unless you live in a large coastal city
        It's more like, unless you live anywhere other than the most bumfrick rural shithole with nothing but a gas station and a Walmart 45 minutes away. Geographically, that is a lot of the country. But it describes a tiny portion of the population. Any decently sized town anywhere in the US will have fresh seafood at the grocery store, moron. Get your Shift key fixed.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          any decently sized town will also have a "bakery" in the grocery store, doesn't mean it's edible

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            How are you comparing shitty grocery store bakeries to fresh seafood? Like, what's even the comparison being made? And everyone knows the US is kind of bad when it comes to fresh bread, but you literally posted an image of fricking Walmart when replying to a post explicitly talking about places that had more than just a Walmart and a gas station.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If they smell okay then they’re completely fine

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You're gonna have to give that the smell test. If it smells bad then it's likely not good, that's one red flag. Another thing is the opening, if they don't naturally open then that's another red flag.
    Multiple red flags going on isn't good.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    this threda (not op) is just ragebait or maybe just 2 ppl arguing i hate this place

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    depends how open they are and if they smell bad
    >if the shells have just a small opening they might be okay but it has to literally be like a few millimeters
    >if they smell bad like pungent sulfur or ammonia then throw them away
    i cooked some mussels a few years ago that smelled bad. I thought it was all of them but turns out just one had opened and made the whole batch smell gross

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >if they smell bad like pungent sulfur or ammonia
      I always find it funny whenever someone thinks they need to describe the smell of seafood that's gone off. You can just say, "believe me, you'll know".

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Some are open like 3/4 inch wide but they smell fine, is that safe anon?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You're just looking to see if they're alive or not. If you're spending this much time on Culinaly you'd be better off arranging them in a circle on the counter and putting a piece of cheese in the middle and throwing out any that don't move.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Move as in close on their own with me touching them? So they’ll close if they’re alive?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I was making a joke and saying you should probably throw them out (because, believe it or not, mussels aren't going to start moving towards a piece of cheese). With most shellfish a little tappa tappa on the table will get them to close if alive, but mussels can be a little more finicky - especially if they've been deprived of oxygen for the past 24 hours.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This thread is full of moronic bullshit. What's going on.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      All the Danish kids just got home from school.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        clearly not, the would have been home for over 2 hours now, but i would bet my life of a 15 year old Danish kid any day of the week

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >would have been home for over 2 hours now
          The Danish anon literally posted 2 hours ago.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            im retired, what else do i fill the time with?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              For starters you could post actual images you took. Nobody old enough to be retired includes a random google image with their post as a way of saying, "see, look! i really am from this country because why else would i have this image?"

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >Nobody old enough to be retired
                well, im not gonna post my fricking papers lol, but yes i am retired.
                debt and work until you die i guess

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                They do it to signal to the other scandi kids so they can have a scandi circlejerk in scandi and derail the thread.

  10. 1 month ago
    Totally a real person

    It is generally not recommended to eat mussels that are open, as this can be a sign of spoilage or contamination. However, the safety of eating mussels depends on several factors such as how they were stored and handled before you purchased them. Here's what you should know:

    1. Freshness: If mussels are left out at room temperature for too long, they will open naturally due to their metabolic processes. This is why it's important to buy mussels from a reputable source that keeps them cold and handles them properly.

    2. Quality check: Before cooking or consuming mussels, you should always inspect them for any signs of spoilage. If the shells are cracked, broken, or if there's an off smell, it's best not to eat them. Additionally, if the mussel is open and doesn't close when tapped gently with a fork, this could be a sign that it has died due to contamination or spoilage.

    3. Cooking: Proper cooking can help kill any harmful bacteria in mussels. However, if you do decide to eat open mussels, make sure they are thoroughly cooked and heated through before consumption. Boiling for at least 5-7 minutes is usually sufficient.

    4. Health risks: Eating spoiled or contaminated seafood like mussels can lead to foodborne illnesses such as Vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria that thrives in warm water and can cause serious health issues for people with weakened immune systems (like those with liver disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS).

    In conclusion, while it's generally safe to eat mussels if they are open as long as they have been stored properly and show no signs of spoilage or contamination, it is always better to err on the side of caution. If in doubt, throw them out!

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    have scandis finally suppressed the australians when it comes to shitposting?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OP here
    When I squeezed most of them they usually had their shells slowly close on their own so I cooked them up and ate them all
    It’s been 30 mins and am fine

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You forgot to post a picture of them cooked.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I just ate them outta the pot like an animal

        I’ll tell you how I made them tho

        Olive oil and butter
        Sautéed diced onion
        Add sliced garlic
        Sauté
        Added cooking wine
        High heat cooked that off
        Added diced tomatoes
        Added homemade turkey stock
        Bring to quick boil
        Added mussels
        Lid on pot
        Medium heat 6 mins, shake pot once
        Add chopped parsley and olive oil

        It was amazing

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >just ate them outta the pot like an animal
          Nobody is asking for fancy plating anon. But if you're going to make a thread about dead mussels you should at least give us a money shot to see the last thing you ate before they took you to the hospital.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It looked like your pic but lighter, blond broth

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the heat of the styrofoam cooks le mussels

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I live in the US and have never seen mussels, oysters, clams, etc. come in anything but a bag made out of netting.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I live and grew up in the USA also, I see clams and mussels in lakes and oceans eveywhere. Your either lying or just plain stupid.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >this anon is buying lakes and oceans.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That's from some James Bond movie where some south american drug lord guy is trying to buy up lakes and oceans for water rights.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            We used to dig up clams in the Michigan lakes as kids and then smash them with rocks or just watch them die. Haven’t seen any in years, though.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I think some birds do that, they pickup clams and mussels on roads then wait for cars to run over them then eat the contents. Maybe seagulls and pelicans.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Isn't that A View to a Kill? And I think he was South African, and there was a more nefarious plan.
            >t. boomer dad had all the bond movies on laser disc growing up

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Maybe Life and Let Die

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Live and Let Die is the Blacksploitation one. That's about a plot to flood America with heroin grown in not-Jamaica. It was A View to a Kill, except he's not South African. He's a Nazi experiment in bio-engineering, and is buying up all the lakes and reservoirs around San Francisco in a plot to empty them all at once and trigger an earthquake that destroys Silicon Valley.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Attemped to destroy Silicon Valley, didn't quite succeed,

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                You'd think the Nazis would have figured out that using blimps is always a losing strategy, but they've always been more about marketing cool ideas rather than practicality. Kind of like Tesla and Elon Musk.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >$5/lb for a tray of shells
    What a rip off.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >No problem, anon. We'll take care of that for you.
      >*5 minutes later*
      >Here you are, sir. We've removed all the shells for you, and so at the readjusted price of $16.99/lb, for mussel meat, including the labor cost involved in deshelling them, your total is going to come to $8.
      >Better get home quick; those things spoil pretty fast if not frozen or cooked after being removed from the shell!

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        just the meat is worth $4/lb, and that's factoring in the added cost of operating a canning factory.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          sir those are clams

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You’re a clam

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Of course canning shit in bulk is cheaper than everything involved in the process of getting LIVE shellfish to a customer. If you think that's the same product then stick with your shitty canned [clams]. What a dumb take. OP's mussels would also be cheaper if he was in a different place and it was a different time of year. There's a lot of different factors that go into sourcing fresh ingredients.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Have some respect for yourself and don't eat these filthy filter feeders. Crabs are apex predators compared to them, these eat what crabs shit out. Muscles are organic sewage treatment and microplastic filtering facilities, truly nasty stuff and not even fit for animal feed.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >microplastic filtering facilities
      Based. So what you're saying is that we should eat more mussels to support the industry? We could have off-shore windmills combines with mussel farms. Amazing idea, anon. We'd get clean energy, clean oceans, and a shit ton of yummy seafood for barely anything.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They have great macros though

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That dude doesn't understand anything. The ocean is one big toilet and everything just goes around in circles. The thing is, that it's the "apex predators" that are the ones who end up with all the mercury and microplastics as they get further concentrated working their way up the food chain. A mussel eating crab shit is literally the cleanest form of nutrient you can get, since all the microplastics get filtered through the crab, NOT the mussel. Nature truly is wonderous.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          > all the microplastics get filtered through the crab
          The microplastics are right in the water. Filter feeders are the biggest accumulators of microplastics.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Why don’t they just filter it out?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You caught me, anon. I was just fricking with anon about microplastics because literally nobody who talks about them on Culinaly ever has any clue what they even are, and think you get them from using plastic cutting boards or ziploc bags.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Anon you posted that on reddit two years ago according to that guys' screenshot. and you're a reddit user. Why are you shitting up the board? promptly commit suicide

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Give them the sniff test. If they smell like fish piss, you’re good to go.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      So that's why they call it watersports.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That's kinky like from some porn movie with the hedgehog.

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