After a discussion of muscles I cooked up two pounds of mussels to make a mussel, white sauce and fettuccine dinner for Saturday. They’re now chilling in the fridge.
I’ve long wondered just what is the yield of mussel meat to the packaged in the shell mussels. Two pounds of mussels in the shell yielded 2.6 ounces of mussel meat. That’s about a 8% yield. At $4.99 in the shell that comes out to a staggering $61/lb!
Realize that mussels are sort of the low end of the price spectrum in the seafood case at the supermarket. That makes pastured pork look positively cheap at a mere $4 (hocks) to $6 (ground) to $8 (loin chops) to $15/lb (tenderloin). And there’s research that suggests that pastured pork is high in vitamin D and Omega 3 Fatty Acids due to the animals living outdoors in the sunshine and eating pasture. What a deal!
Now my curiosity is sated but my tongue is not. I’ll still be buying and eating mussels. They’re a nice treat.
Outdoors: 84°F/66°F Sunny
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