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Old 01-04-2015, 02:20 PM   #1
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In the shell oysters for stew

I bought 2 dz. Oysters in the shell since I couldn't get the pre-shucked.

I washed them and laid them out on a rack in a large roasting pan with about a half inch of water below.

My plan is to put them under the broiler just until they pop open, then remove them from the shell to make an oyster stew.

Next, I'll strain the water through a paper towel lined sieve, and add that to the stew.

I've never had to deal with in the shell oysters, so I'd appreciate and suggestions. I'm just guessing at this point.
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:49 PM   #2
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I've never heard of putting them under the broiler. This is the way I've always done it.

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Old 01-04-2015, 02:57 PM   #3
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Sounds like Zhi wants to precook them to get the shells to open, will that work?
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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You could steam them on top of the stove like clams.

Scrub the oysters, get a pot with an inch or so of seasoned water in the bottom, bring the liquid to a boil, pop in the oysters, cover the pan, turn down the heat to medium and steam them for 5 minutes or so until the shells open. Strain the liquid to remove any sand or grit and add some or all of it to your stew.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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I think steaming, as Aunt Bea described, is less likely to overcook them.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:13 PM   #6
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Thanks all. I definitely will steam them next time.

I couldn't wait with that huge pan using up all my kitchen. So... I went ahead with the broiler idea.

I warmed the broiler, stuck them in and timed at 3 minute intervals. Oops.

Few of them actually cracked open, so I kept 3 minuting until some of them were ready to open.

I noticed that the hinge side was wide open by then, so I started opening them that way.

The oysters were overcooked.

I saved and strained the pan juices, and have saute'd the onions and celery.

I still have to clean some garlic to add.

I'm debating whether or not to add the actual oysters to the stew. I would hate if it ended up with a scorched taste.

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Sorry Zhi! I've never tried to shuck or cook oysters in the shell. Are they edible at all?
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:55 PM   #8
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In the shell oysters for stew

Well that's a bummer, Z. I've never shucked or cooked oysters in the shell either.
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Oh, bummer. I'm sorry
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:06 PM   #10
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Actually, I ate one and it was okay. Not like fresh, but still tasty.

I put them in the broiler liquid along with the saute'd onions and celery. I gave up at that point and just added a bunch of garlic powder.

I'll let this steep in the fridge overnight. It'll be different, but I don't think scorched.

*fingers crossed*
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