How to Store Clams & Mussels

How to Store Clams & Mussels
Storing fresh clams and mussels for a seafood feast is easy with a few simple tools. It's crucial to keep your mussels and clams in an oxygenated spot in your fridge and directly off of ice. Keeping them in fresh water or in a plastic bag will suffocate your seafood and could cause it to spoil.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Live clams and mussels

Things You’ll Need:
  • Colander
  • Bowl
  • Air tight container
  • Paper towels
Step 1
Check to see if the mussels or clams are fresh by tapping them against your counter. If they don't close, they should be discarded.
Step 2
Remove clams and mussels from their bag and allow them to breathe. Otherwise, you risk suffocating them and letting them go bad.
Step 3
Keep live clams and mussels in open air by placing them in a colander. Place on top of a bowl to allow the water to drain out. If they are still alive, do not submerge in fresh water or put on ice. You can place ice in the bowl, but not in the colander.
Step 4
Wet some paper towels in cold water and gently ring them out until they are no longer dripping. Place lightly on top of your colander.
Step 5
Place the colander and bowl in your refrigerator in cold but not freezing temperatures. If your fridge is prone to icing over vegetables and meat, turn up the temperature to the next setting.

Previously cooked clams and mussels

Step 1
Throw out any clams or mussels that have been cooked more than one time.
Step 2
Separate previously cooked clams and mussels and lay them on moisture-proof paper.
Step 3
Put them in an airtight container and put it into the freezer. Do not repeatedly thaw and reheat. Only let it thaw once before cooking and eating to preserve the integrity of your food.

Frozen clams and mussels

Step 1
Rinse clams and mussels under cold water with low pressure. If you just bought the clams and mussels from the grocery store, you can immediately store in the freezer. Otherwise, you might want to rinse to remove any packing debris left over from a shipment.
Step 2
Pat dry with paper towels or napkins. Do not use a hand towel or anything that is not highly absorbent.
Step 3
Find an airtight container and store in the freezer until they're ready to eat.

Tips & Warnings

Eat your clams and mussels within a few days of buying or catching them.
Only order clams and mussels online from a reputable company.


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