Collected some mussels in the Cook Inlet. Went out at low tide and got them off some large rocks thinking they would not be sandy. (They were all closed, we tossed the open ones) Brought them home in salt water and took off the beards, rocks, etc. Put them in some fresh water and noticed they were all open. Put them in of a bucket of snow outside, but they still remained open and looked dead. What went wrong?
We figured the mussels were fresh so it was okay that they were open and steamed them, but were very gritty. Do they filter out sand if you let them in salt water like clams? We always add pepper to make the clams "puke". Also added salt to the clams and they coughed up lots off sand. If you add too much salt, will it kill them? Have tried to research adding salt to the clams but can't find anything.
No PSP- we're still alive.
Thanks for the help.- ESF