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Q: Should you eat clams or mussels that don’t open when grilled?

A: Repeatedly, recipes advise us to toss out clams and mussels that do not pop open. This is an indication that the clam or mussel was not alive when cooked and, as a result, not safe to eat. However, if all the clams/mussels were fresh and closed tightly prior to cooking, they may just need a few more minutes to cook. If the clams/mussels still do not open after further cooking, or you are in doubt about the quality, throw them out.

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Tony Ruccio

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