Mussels can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days once cooked. It’s critical to put the mussels in an airtight container and refrigerate them within two hours of cooking. Mussels can be frozen for up to three months if they are not consumed within four days. While goods frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit are safe for an endless period of time, this time range guarantees that quality is maintained.
Mussels can be cooked in a variety of ways, including steaming, broiling, baking, or grilling. It is critical that they be kept cold in the refrigerator before being cooked. Live mussels should be wrapped in damp paper towels and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. When soaked in their juices and stored in a firmly sealed container, shucked mussels can be kept refrigerated for up to one week. Raw, shucked mussels can be frozen for up to two months in their juices.
Always wash mussel shells thoroughly before cooking them, and if preferred, remove the fibrous, dark beard that protrudes from the shell. Cook mussels until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, but not for too long, since this can result in hardened, harsh mussels. Shucked mussels are finest baked, while live mussels can be boiled or grilled until their shells open.