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Old 08-28-2011, 07:32 PM   #11
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I'm w/Aunt Bea. I used them once for a seafood gumbo, was total crap(oysters). I liked the juice, but the oysters had a very bad texture before I put them in, but I did it anyway.

You'd be better off eating the cat and feed the dog the oysters while you make seafood gumbo. Just a joke. I'm a dog lover and a cat hater.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:45 PM   #12
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I never made it or eaten it, but can canned oysters be used for oyster stuffing?
It would seem if the quality isn't the same as fresh, and what canned food is, that stuffing might be a good place to use them up.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #13
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if canned oysters are so vile, how is it they have been commanding steep prices all this time and brazenly sitting in the gourmet section right next to the caviar? i can't decide whether to give them away to the food bank or to take up the challenge and make something truly amazing with them. in any event i appreciate everybody's suggestions (and warnings) as to how best to use these canned oysters. it remains to be seen if they are a gourmet treat, or just a gourmet cat food.... :)
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:56 PM   #14
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if canned oysters are so vile, how is it they have been commanding steep prices all this time and brazenly sitting in the gourmet section right next to the caviar? i can't decide whether to give them away to the food bank or to take up the challenge and make something truly amazing with them. in any event i appreciate everybody's suggestions (and warnings) as to how best to use these canned oysters. it remains to be seen if they are a gourmet treat, or just a gourmet cat food.... :)
What about some sort of oyster pate, Vit?

Chicken livers are somewhat vile, but mix them with garlic, onion, some spices and herbs, and they are pretty good. Spread on crackers, can hardly tell it's liver. Maybe mash the oysters up with some lemon juice and other stuff, soy sauce, minced onion, etc.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:27 AM   #15
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if canned oysters are so vile, how is it they have been commanding steep prices all this time and brazenly sitting in the gourmet section right next to the caviar? i can't decide whether to give them away to the food bank or to take up the challenge and make something truly amazing with them. in any event i appreciate everybody's suggestions (and warnings) as to how best to use these canned oysters. it remains to be seen if they are a gourmet treat, or just a gourmet cat food.... :)

Vit,
The best thing to do is try them and then you can form your own honest opinion. I would keep the preparation simple so the oysters "shine" through. I would also have a cat standing by. Try them drained and heated in a little butter over toast or in an omelet.
As far as the gourmet aisle in the supermarket goes it has been my experience that when a marketing executive slaps a "gourmet" tag on anything it is better to give it a pass. This is based on my experience from well meaning friends and business associates giving me gourmet hampers and baskets over the years. I try to stick with TNT items that have earned an honest reputation over a long period of time.
Good luck!
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:27 AM   #16
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They are good breaded and fried, so why not make "po' boys"? A simple sub sandwich with lettuce, tom, and mayo.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:39 AM   #17
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...if canned oysters are so vile...
Much of the nastiness of canned oysters comes from eating them "as-is", from the can.

If you take the time to remove the membrane from each oyster, the remaining oyster will be a strong flavored, mushy oyster goodness.

If that type of texture and taste are good to you in any type of meal or sauce, then go for it.

If you try to chew up that nasty membrane, it will ruin the entire experience. It's not chewable and you'll end up swallowing it whole after chewing the good part out.

Save yourself the hassle and chewing and just remove the membrane first. Then enjoy the oyster that is left. It's about a 50-50 thing. You get to eat half the can of oysters and throw out half a can of chewy membrane.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:37 AM   #18
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Canned oysters are a complete different animal to fresh but still good in there own right. I only buy smoked. The beard on tinned mussels is tough to chew but I find they are not tough in tinned oysters. They are great as I mentioned grilled with garlic bechamel and cheese but also great just on crackers with a few drops of Tabasco and a sliver of tomato.
I also like making fritters with them and dipping tartare sauce.
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Much of the nastiness of canned oysters comes from eating them "as-is", from the can.

If you take the time to remove the membrane from each oyster, the remaining oyster will be a strong flavored, mushy oyster goodness.

If that type of texture and taste are good to you in any type of meal or sauce, then go for it.

If you try to chew up that nasty membrane, it will ruin the entire experience. It's not chewable and you'll end up swallowing it whole after chewing the good part out.

Save yourself the hassle and chewing and just remove the membrane first. Then enjoy the oyster that is left. It's about a 50-50 thing. You get to eat half the can of oysters and throw out half a can of chewy membrane.
Are you not maybe thinking of the beard on tinned mussels Timmo?
They taste much like the tinned oysters so I get them mixed up sometimes and only notice once I open them and find a fishy rubber band in my mouth
I'll have to send you some chewable tinned oysters from SA :)
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Are you not maybe thinking of the beard on tinned mussels Timmo?
They taste much like the tinned oysters so I get them mixed up sometimes and only notice once I open them and find a fishy rubber band in my mouth
I'll have to send you some chewable tinned oysters from SA :)
Ha! Nope. I've never bought tinned mussels. There is a good supply of the frozen mussels here.

Fumblebee oysters or whoever...Ha! Nasty! Big thick, nasty, chewy string of rubberbandedness around them. Ewwwwww, chunk city!

The soft middle is really good tho'.
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