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I always wanted to learn how to shuck oysters but was always terrified of that knife diving into my hand. Last night at Rodney’s Oyster House I conquered my fear and learned how to finally shuck some oysters! It’s not the easiest thing in the world but I definitely feel comfortable enough to do it on my own.

The Tool

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The Sea Friends

The How To

Scrub the oysters clean.

Grasp an oyster in one hand, cup-side down. (the flat side is actually the top)

Wrap the oyster shell in a cloth to protect your hands (you don’t have to do this but I highly recommend it, it may save you a trip to the ER).

Insert the oyster knife into the hinge, which is the back end of the oyster

Ensure the oyster knife is stable inside the hinge, then twist the knife the top shell will pop off

Run the blade along the top of the shell and release the muscle

Open the oyster.

Run your blade along the inside of the shell to get rid of any grit

Loosen the oyster on the bottom shell

Serve the oysters.

Add horseradish, tabasco, lemon, etc

Suck that baby back!

My Finished Product

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Video of Shuckin’

Tips

Store oysters in the bottom of the fridge, rounded-side down.

Oysters should be tightly shut before you buy them or open them – if they are already open, they may have perished and are not safe to eat.

East Vs West Coast

Appearance

East coast oysters have smoother shells and rounder on the edges. They range from two to six inches in diameter, depending on the age, location and growth method of a specific oyster.

Alternatively, West coast oysters will have more jagged edges with points and ridges on the shells (this is due to the Pacific coasts roughness)

Colour

The coloration of the East coast oysters includes more shades of brown, green, and white.

West coasts have colorations of purple, white, green, pink, and black.

Flavour

East Coast oysters are grown sub-tidally with smooth shells. The colder waters slow down the metabolism producing a crisp, sweeter oyster.

West Coast oysters are inter-tidally grown. The rough fluted shells make for plump meat with subtle mineral flavor.

Texture

East coast are slight chewy

West coast are creamy and smooth

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