A typical seafood, which is either adored or hated. What are we talking about? Mussels! And how to freeze shellfish is the best way to always have them within reach of the pan.
We all know that seafood is a product to be eaten fresh, freshly picked up by the fishmonger and left in the refrigerator for a day at the most before it gets too old . Although, in truth, mussels can be found all year round, there are many who wonder if mussels can be frozen. Well, today we can tell you that, if you really want to always have a bag available to use in dinner with improvised friends, then the answer is yes ! Didn’t you expect it? Let’s see how to freeze both cooked and raw and live mussels.
How to freeze raw mussels
Perhaps you may not believe it, but if you have purchased a very fresh product, it is possible to freeze mussels even raw and in their shell. To do this, just follow these simple steps:
- Take the live mussels and immerse them in a container of water and salt for a few hours to release all the sand.
- Take a knife and clean them thoroughly from marine encrustations .
- Eliminate the molluscs with the shell not intact, chipped or really broken in half.
- Take a frost bag, insert a few mussels and close it carefully trying to eliminate as much air as possible from the inside.
- Place one or more bags of mussels in the freezer so that they are well portioned.
To tell the truth there is also another way to freeze live mussels: after having carefully cleaned them, open the intact ones with a knife, remove the fleshy body , give them a thorough wash and portion them in the freezer bags as described above.
How to freeze cooked mussels in the freezer
Even cooked and unshelled mussels can actually be frozen and, to do so, you will need to cook them first.
- First, immerse them in a basin of water and salt for a few hours so that they release all the impurities (you may have to change the water every now and then so that it is always clean and clear).
- Rinse them under running water and clean the shell from all encrustations.
- Take a non-stick pan, place it on the stove and pour in a drizzle of oil and a clove of garlic without a shirt.
- Let it brown for a few seconds, then pour the mussels into the pan.
- Let it cook for a few minutes with the lid on, until all the fruits have opened.
- To taste, blend with the white wine, add a pinch of pepper and fresh parsley cut with a knife .
- At this point, let the mussels cool completely, remove the shells and move on to racking.
- Place the mussels and their sauce in freeze bags or in special containers that can be placed in the freezer.
- Carefully close the chosen container (in the case of a frost bag try to eliminate as much air as possible) and place everything in the freezer.
If you have used one of our two (or rather three) freezing methods, you can be sure that your mussels will be ready to use at any time. In any case, the storage times are extended to 2-3 months, within this time it is advisable to let them defrost in the freezer and use them in your recipes as delicious spaghetti with mussels .