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    Raw oyster help

    My neighbor just gave me a 50 pound box of raw oysters.
    How does one tell the live from the dead?

    I have also come to the realization that a bench vice and an old chisel are not the best cutlery. How do you get into these damn things when you don't have a medieval chain glove? I'm going to stab myself aren't I?

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    1) Live ones are hard to open. Dead ones aren't as difficult.
    2) Get a shucking knife
    3) learn how to use it
    4) have a first aid kit and telephone nearby
    5) don't forget to look for pearls
    6) have saltines and tobasco sauce on hand....and good beer too
    7) don't start till I get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    My neighbor just gave me a 50 pound box of raw oysters.
    How does one tell the live from the dead?

    I have also come to the realization that a bench vice and an old chisel are not the best cutlery. How do you get into these damn things when you don't have a medieval chain glove? I'm going to stab myself aren't I?
    That is so frikken awsome. Yep, live are more difficult to open. Get a shucking knife, just use a leather garden glove, no cuts. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    That is so frikken awsome. Yep, live are more difficult to open. Get a shucking knife, just use a leather garden glove, no cuts. Enjoy!
    It is worth repeating......use heavy leather gloves when shucking. Enjoy, have a party with that many O's
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    I have never had an oyster that I know of.
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    Can't say I've ever had a raw one. Not sure if I want to change that. Probably would if I felt they were clean enough. I mean I do enjoy some good sushi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I have never had an oyster that I know of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I have never had an oyster that I know of.
    I bet you've enjoyed the Rocky Mountain variety
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    It helps to have them very cold.

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    I had a manufacturer of industrial air handling equipment and they gave me a pair of kevlar gloves that I now use for shucking oysters. They clean up a lot easier than the leather gloves. You can get them at an industrial supply and safety store.

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    Coat em' in cornmeal and deep fry them suckers! That many oysters and slices of limes and cold beers= A party!
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    steam them!!

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    Ponzu, Shirachi, a quail egg, and finely diced onions on raw (SoCal) or open half-shell on the BBQ smothered in BBQ sauce (NoCal) or breaded and deep fried (Southern).....
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    If you've got big fat oysters a great way to serve them is to shuck them so you've got a dozen or more for everybody, melt some butter and add garlic to it. Get a nice hot fire on the grill and place the half shells directly on the grill. Give them a minute or so to start heating through the shell and start pouring that garlic butter on them. The over splash should light up and burn (nice drama for the audience) for a few seconds. Watch the edges of the oysters carefully. You want to pull them off the grill as soon as the edges start to curl. Add a bit more butter and maybe some lemon juice and pepper sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    texicans
    This cow poke has seen and kicked more road oysters than all of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
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    Ruben is in Georgia this week.
    Have him and the kin-folk come over and shoot them open.
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    Oyster Shooters

    Shuck the O's and place one each in shot glass.
    Add a tablespoon or two of lime juice (yeah, the real stuff)
    Two drops of Tabasco and a couple drops of Ponzu.

    Lots of a good ale or bottles of Pinot Gris or Oaky Chardonay (from Oregon is best )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_e View Post
    Coat em' in cornmeal and deep fry them suckers! That many oysters and slices of limes and cold beers= A party!
    Everthing down "thar" is deep fried but this^ is the best idea.
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    I'd return them to your neighbor and let him sort them out.

    Or just send them to Modo. He seems sufficiently interested.
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    If they're slightly open they're dead. If you don't have shucking knife you can roast them over an open fire until they open a bit. When they open they're done cooking. At this point you can open them with a butter knife.
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    I'll be there in two hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    My neighbor just gave me a 50 pound box of raw oysters.
    How does one tell the live from the dead?
    The dead ones are easy to open

    I have also come to the realization that a bench vice and an old chisel are not the best cutlery. How do you get into these damn things when you don't have a medieval chain glove? I'm going to stab myself aren't I?
    Oysters and bagels are like the #1 source of ER visits.

    I just wear a leather glove on my oyster-holding hand. One of those $3 cowhide workgloves. A shucking knife is a $3 appliance, it's thinner than a chisel and wider than a screwdriver. Anything else you have that is like that, wide enough to lift the whole shell, not just chip it apart and thin enough to get a ways in.

    Also, hold the cupped shell and lift the flat one; save the liquid in the cupped shell if you can. That's an important part; worth working over a bucket if you can't keep it in the shell. I usually start opposite the hinge.

    50# is a lot to shuck and it seems like too many to eat raw unless you're having a party (in which case you should also have more volunteer shuckers); since you're going to need to process them, you could also just bake or grill them all in the shell until they open.

    How much is 50#? I have had the occasional 5 gal pail. That's a lot of work.
    Last edited by HardyWeinberg; 12-20-11 at 05:55 PM.

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