To Prepare Mussels

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Mrs Beeton's All About Cookery

By Isabella Beeton

Published 1861

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Allow 1–1½ pt. mussels per person. Scrape and clean the shells thoroughly in several lots of cold water. Mussels are not opened with a knife like oysters, but open themselves during cooking. The only part of a mussel which needs to be removed is the breathing apparatus, which is found in the form of a black strip known as the “beard”. This is removed after the shells have been opened.