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Old 01-04-2015, 07:00 PM   #11
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When they're cooked in a stew, they're not supposed to taste like fresh (by fresh, I mean raw). But when they're overcooked, they get rubbery and tough. So if you liked them, they're fine. Add them to your stew just long enough to warm them up and then dig in!
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:06 PM   #12
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I've never done them either but I'm glad you didn't try to do the classic shucking as I would think like most of us, you don't have the required right tool to do them. I've heard bloody horror stories about shucking oysters.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:32 PM   #13
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Actually, it's not that difficult. As long as you use a towel to protect your hand, you're not going to do much damage to it with the knife (or the oyster shell, which can also be quite sharp).

As far as having an oyster knife, yes, they are a nice-to-have item. But before shelling out money for one, I opened plenty of oysters using nothing more than a big fat screwdriver.

Once you get the hang of it, it's really not that complicated at all.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:27 PM   #14
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I'm sure I could have shucked them properly, but I didn't have the tool.

I'm sure that steaming would work. In fact, I'm going to bet another $20 (next month) to prove it (next month).

I think that what I ended up with will be edible, if not what I planned.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:54 PM   #15
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Actually, it's not that difficult. As long as you use a towel to protect your hand, you're not going to do much damage to it with the knife (or the oyster shell, which can also be quite sharp).

As far as having an oyster knife, yes, they are a nice-to-have item. But before shelling out money for one, I opened plenty of oysters using nothing more than a big fat screwdriver.

Once you get the hang of it, it's really not that complicated at all.
I never would have thought of that Steve. Good point, or rather, lack of a point.
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Hmm. Where we live, we don't have access to fresh oysters. But if we did, I have screwdrivers, putty knives, and exacto knives, so I'm prepared in case we find any!
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:55 AM   #17
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I'd just bang them with a rock...well, that's how sea otters do it...

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Sea otters have had to use rocks ever since they were banned from using tools following their involvement in the "Great Tool Disaster" many years ago.
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oh, I remember that...gangs of otters with screwdrivers and putty knives in the streets.
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oh, I remember that...gangs of otters with screwdrivers and putty knives in the streets.

It was a dark time. People were hiding in their homes, otterly terrified.
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