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Old 21 February 2013, 18:52   #1
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Mussels?

I know of a steel structure covered in mussels, When the tide goes out they can just be collected very easily.

Is it ok just to pick them off and cook them or will the rusting metal have caused any change to the flavour?
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Old 21 February 2013, 19:17   #2
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we occasionally pick mussels off some new structures way way out in the middle of nowhere at low tide and they're fine BUT mussels are filter feeders and concentrate all the pollutants they have filtered from the surrounding water in their flesh. So if there is shite of any variety about then the mussels will be absolutely packed with shite. I don't know about the rust in particular but would be very, very wary of what nasties lurk in the water.
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Old 21 February 2013, 20:59   #3
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Don't eat them out of the Solent.
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In some areas & estuarys where its not permitted or monitored by the local port health authority or fisheries it could be a bit dodgy owing to them being bi- valve filter feeders ,
sewerage outfall / chemical toxins either man made or natural ones such as Red -tide algie blooms that can occur at certain times causing paralytic shellfish poisoning to humans ,

Think the rust would be the least of my worries on that one
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Don't eat them out of the Solent.
Used to be pretty good amounts (8 - 9 tons) commercially caught in the Owers area on a very regular basis...

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Good mussels can usually be found under buoys & hanging in clumps off the mooring chains. We pick them off the beaches in Normandy, along with oysters that have escaped from the oyster farms & gone "Native" & attached themselves to the rocks. I'd always choose my area carefully, if the water looks sh1tty, it probably is. Avoid industrial/post industrial estuaries & similar, these can often have heavy metals in their sediments that can accumulate in the bodies of filter feeders.
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natural ones such as Red -tide algie blooms that can occur at certain times causing paralytic shellfish poisoning to humans ,
Which is why you should not eat shellfish unless there is an "R" in the month. Red tide/Algae blooms only occur in the warmer months, and in certain areas, but as a general rule if there is an "R" in the month it should be safe from PSP toxins, but then there is no knowing what else might be in the water

Just as a thought though, Being Bi valve feeders, if there is no Shite in the water then there is nothing for them to feed on? Hence the need to cook them well.

So where the water is very clean and very little sediment, then very few mussels.

Same for oysters etc. Think on that as that raw Oyster is sliding down!
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if the water looks sh1tty, it probably is. Avoid industrial/post industrial estuaries & similar, these can often have heavy metals in their sediments that can accumulate in the bodies of filter feeders.
+ 1 not a chance in hell I would eat mussels out of the Solent especially the North Solent.
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if there is no Shite in the water then there is nothing for them to feed on?


Same for oysters etc. Think on that as that raw Oyster is sliding down!
Yeah, but there's shit & there's good shit... maaan
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