bought a bunch of oysters, now what?

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  1. millionsknives

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    I bought a bag of 100 oysters overnighted from Duxbury MA.  They were just harvested yesterday. 

    I've shucked a few, but this is my first time buying and storing this many.  I have to store them until tomorrow for my party.  I have a few questions for all the experts out there.

    1) Storage. The instructions say leave it in the bag in the fridge with a damp towel over the top.  My fridge has a wire rack, so should I put a damp towel underneath also?  Is it better to lay them out on a baking dish or is the bag okay?

    2) Sauces.  With oysters this fresh, it's a waste to do anything but eat them raw. Mostly i just like mine with a squeeze of lemon but I plan to have other options for guests.  So far my list is mignonette sauce, a sriracha maple syrup hot sauce, lime and thai chile.  Any other favorites y'all recommend?
     
  2. kingfarvito

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    no towel under them, the towel on top is plenty. Good luck!
     
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  3. koukouvagia

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    Bloody mary shots!

    Champagne mignonette
     
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  4. millionsknives

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    @Koukouvagia   I like this idea with the champagne.  I might modify it though. I have prosecco and apple cider vinegar on hand and apples from last weeks apple picking.
     
  5. koukouvagia

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    That sounds like a brilliant and seasonal modification :)
     
  6. millionsknives

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    Update:

    BIG SUCCESS. Shucked some 100 New England Oysters with 1) apple, shallot, apple cider vinegar mignonette with a tiny bit of prosecco 2) standard mignonette with shallots, sherry vinegar ,etc. 3) sriracha maple syrup hot sauce 4) thai chili salt and lime 5) lemons 6) prosecco shots

    I only invited 3 people over so we had 2 dozen each :D




    This was only my second time shucking oysters and towards the end I was getting much faster.  I want to try shucking competitions next year.
     
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  7. koukouvagia

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    That's a wonderful way to spend an evening!
     
  8. ordo

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    Envy! The worst kind of envy you can imagine!
     
  9. millionsknives

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    Only 10 calories each!  I should start a diet fad.
     
  10. teamfat

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    Some years ago a friend of mine had a big 50th birthday party. He got a good deal on oysters, I can't remember if he got 100 or a gross, it was a lot.  Something like only 7 of the guest tried them.  Those seven may have eaten a total of 10 - 12 among them. Rich and I sacrificed ourselves and did our best throughout the evening to finsih off the rest. It was rough duty.

    mjb.
     
  11. eastshores

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    Awesome to hear it turned out well! Just this year I learned to shuck oysters. It really is interesting that you can do it wrong in a lot of ways but once you understand the right place to insert the blade and pop, it becomes extremely fast and easy. The biggest problem I had was occasionally having some of the shell break off into the inside which was a major PITA to deal with.
     
  12. millionsknives

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    I'm not an expert at all, but there are two schools of shucking.

    1) West coast - Wiggle into the hinge, pry it open, scrape the top, scoop the bottom

    2) East coast - Comes in through the side

    Additionally there are two types of knives, one is thinner and sharper with a curved tip.  The other is thicker and straight with an edge guard.

    I've had cleaner faster success with west coast style using this knife

    Shells can break off if you force the hinge instead of wiggling in.  You also get bits of grit if you don't scrub the oysters beforehand.
     
  13. eastshores

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    I think I had east coast oysters and used the hinge. I'd say 9 out of 10 was no problem. Then again, I'm not 100% certain they were east coast. I hadn't paid that much attention but since I live on the east coast (hence eastshores) I figure there's a good chance they were. Thanks for the info.
     
  14. millionsknives

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    The size and shapes of oysters can make a difference too.  That might be where the different approaches came from.
     
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    I grew up shucking oysters in Florida. We used to buy them by the bushel. Never heard of the the east coast method. Always went in the hinge with a curved tip and used a lever motion and "pop" it opened up nice and clean.
     
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    Most competitions I've watched, they go in through the side.  When I go in from the hinge, I then have to rotate to free it from the bottom.  This way, it's three swipes in the same direction: shell, top, bottom.



    Same as opening clams from the side.
     
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    @MillionsKnives  Would you mind sharing where you sourced that sack of oysters?

    My husband the fisherman has always made a "picking trip" to gather our Christmas Eve treats from healthy reefs located during his wade fishing trips each year.

    The back breaking work has become just too much and we have decided that expensive oysters are better than no oysters.

    Drove all the way to Galveston (last year) on a tip from the monger at our local HEB and they were old and nasty (even frying did not help).

    Were reimbursed of course but no longer trust the guy so in the market for one or two sacks this coming holiday season.

    Can ya lend a girl a hand?

    mimi
     
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    http://shop.islandcreekoysters.com/

    These were the signature Island Creek oysters.  They have a wellfleet one that I like but I'm not very good at shucking those.  Moon shoals are on the sweeter side like northwestern oysters.  The best part is that they overnight for free.
     
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    Good lord.. they have a shucking knife on there that costs $325.00 /img/vbsmilies/smilies/bounce.gif
     
  20. millionsknives

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    I saw that one. Ridiculous! That's way too much to spend on a knife meant for abuse.