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  1. #1
    Gary Guest

    Default Oysters

    Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.

    Yeah right....I don't think so. Homey don't play that.

    This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound good and
    I haven't had any in a while. Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    ones myself.

    Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. That's me! :-D

    I don't eat/swallow them raw. That's a waste of good seafood, imo. My
    favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    and a good cole slaw on the side.

    Gary

  2. #2
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On 12/15/2011 1:00 PM, Gary wrote:
    > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    > store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.
    >
    > Yeah right....I don't think so. Homey don't play that.
    >
    > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound good and
    > I haven't had any in a while. Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    > down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    > ones myself.
    >
    > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. That's me! :-D
    >
    > I don't eat/swallow them raw. That's a waste of good seafood, imo. My
    > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > and a good cole slaw on the side.
    >


    I have quite the opposite view. I never eat them except recently opened
    on the half shell; either with fresh lemon or sauce mignonette.
    Possibly, I am reluctant to eat fried oysters because I got my worst
    episode of food poisoning from ones that mistakenly had been frozen and
    thawed.


    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

  3. #3
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    James Silverton wrote:
    >
    > On 12/15/2011 1:00 PM, Gary wrote:
    > > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    > > store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.
    > >
    > > Yeah right....I don't think so. Homey don't play that.
    > >
    > > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound good and
    > > I haven't had any in a while. Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    > > down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    > > ones myself.
    > >
    > > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. That's me! :-D
    > >
    > > I don't eat/swallow them raw. That's a waste of good seafood, imo. My
    > > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > > and a good cole slaw on the side.
    > >

    >
    > I have quite the opposite view. I never eat them except recently opened
    > on the half shell; either with fresh lemon or sauce mignonette.
    > Possibly, I am reluctant to eat fried oysters because I got my worst
    > episode of food poisoning from ones that mistakenly had been frozen and
    > thawed.


    Keep in mind though....cooking will kill more problems than eating raw
    ones. I know my fried ones will be safe since they will be still alive when
    I open them and right before they go into the oil.

    Recently opened doesn't mean much unless you know if they were still alive
    when they were opened. Dead shellfish spoils very rapidly.

    I know what you mean about being hesitant after a food poisoning episode
    though. I got that once with chicken and ever since, "I will throw out,
    when in doubt."

    Gary

  4. #4
    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 8:00*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    > store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.
    >
    > Yeah right....I don't think so. *Homey don't play that.
    >
    > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound good and
    > I haven't had any in a while. *Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    > down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    > ones myself.
    >
    > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. *That's me! *:-D
    >
    > I don't eat/swallow them raw. *That's a waste of good seafood, imo. *My
    > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > and a good cole slaw on the side.
    >
    > Gary


    I prefer the ones in the jar because I shuck at sucking. Err... suck
    at shucking. It's a kind of a dangerous activity for me. The jars here
    cost around $7 for 8 oz. and contain 6 large oysters. I don't know how
    they fit all that in such a small jar. It's a mystery.

    I deep fry the oysters breaded in panko or make a stew with it. I
    don't care too much for them and typically can only eat one at a
    sitting. I suppose that live oysters should be eaten raw. I wouldn't
    eat the stuff in the jar raw. I don't know why, it's a mystery.

  5. #5
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal
    > grocery store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.
    >
    > Yeah right....I don't think so. Homey don't play that.
    >
    > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound
    > good and I haven't had any in a while. Rather than grocery store,
    > I'm going to drive down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and
    > harvest about a dozen live ones myself.
    >
    > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near
    > shore are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. That's
    > me! :-D
    >
    > I don't eat/swallow them raw. That's a waste of good seafood, imo.


    I do. But then I chew them too. People say they like them and just slide
    them down, and I think all they really like is the lemon juice and sauce.
    For me the meld of the lemon, tabasco, salt, and raw oyster is delicious.

    > My favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add
    > salty fries and a good cole slaw on the side.


    Have you ever tried running them through panko after the tempura? Delicious
    with excellent crunch. I do this with shrimp, chicken wings, onion rings,
    and mushrooms too.

    MartyB



  6. #6
    Felice Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    "Nunya Bidnits" <[email protected]> wrote in
    message news:jcdevo$916$[email protected]
    > Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal
    >> grocery store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.
    >>
    >> Yeah right....I don't think so. Homey don't play that.
    >>
    >> This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound
    >> good and I haven't had any in a while. Rather than grocery store,
    >> I'm going to drive down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and
    >> harvest about a dozen live ones myself.
    >>
    >> Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near
    >> shore are available to anyone that's willing to go for them.
    >> That's
    >> me! :-D
    >>
    >> I don't eat/swallow them raw. That's a waste of good seafood, imo.

    >
    > I do. But then I chew them too. People say they like them and just
    > slide them down, and I think all they really like is the lemon juice
    > and sauce. For me the meld of the lemon, tabasco, salt, and raw
    > oyster is delicious.


    <snip>

    Now swallowing raw oysters whole IS a waste of good seafood. But
    chewing them -- along with the lemon and tabasco -- is a real (if
    acquired) treat.

    Felice
    Felice



  7. #7
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    In article <[email protected]>, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    >down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    >ones myself.


    Interesting, where I live all oysters are privately owned.
    You can't just go picking them.



    Steve

  8. #8
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 1:58*pm, "Felice" <fri...@comcast.net> wrote:
    ....
    >
    > Now swallowing raw oysters whole IS a waste of good seafood. But
    > chewing them -- along with the lemon and tabasco -- is a real (if
    > acquired) treat.


    I slurp 'em right out the 1/2 shell! A little lemon, cocktail sauce,
    whatever.The main event is the OYSTER!!!

    And damn straight I chew 'em! How else to you savor the flavor? ;-)

    John Kuthe...

  9. #9
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 1:00*pm, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    *My
    > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > and a good cole slaw on the side.
    >
    > Gary


    My word - you've got me droolin' now. What 'bay' are you near, if I
    may ask?

  10. #10
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On 12/15/2011 4:28 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
    > In article<[email protected]>, Gary<[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    >> down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    >> ones myself.

    >
    > Interesting, where I live all oysters are privately owned.
    > You can't just go picking them.
    >


    Can one privately own the intertidal zone? However, a state can forbid
    the harvesting of oysters. As a conservation measure, Maryland used to
    require the use of sail powered Skipjack boats for collecting oysters
    but there are practically no oysters in the Chesapeake Bay now. It's a
    great pity since Chincoteague (VA) oysters were among the best available.


    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

  11. #11
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 1:39*pm, James Silverton <not.jim.silver...@verizon.net>
    wrote:
    > On 12/15/2011 4:28 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
    >
    > > In article<4EEA35C0.59C30...@att.net>, Gary<g.maj...@att.net> *wrote:

    >
    > >> Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    > >> down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    > >> ones myself.

    >
    > > Interesting, where I live all oysters are privately owned.
    > > You can't just go picking them.

    >
    > Can one privately own the intertidal zone? However, a state can forbid
    > the harvesting of oysters. As a conservation measure, Maryland used to
    > require the use of sail powered Skipjack boats for collecting oysters
    > but there are practically no oysters in the Chesapeake Bay now. It's a
    > great pity since Chincoteague (VA) oysters were among the best available.
    >
    > --
    >
    > James Silverton, Potomac
    >
    > I'm *not* not.jim.silver...@verizon.net


    We go here: http://www.umpquaoysters.com/

    or here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/qualman-oyster-farms-coos-bay
    (Qualman doesn't have a website)

    We like to pop them in the oven until the shell opens and then put in
    a teaspoon of bbq sauce and then let 'em go for a few minutes till
    they are done.

  12. #12
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:

    -snip-
    >>

    >
    >Can one privately own the intertidal zone? However, a state can forbid
    >the harvesting of oysters. As a conservation measure, Maryland used to
    >require the use of sail powered Skipjack boats for collecting oysters
    >but there are practically no oysters in the Chesapeake Bay now. It's a
    >great pity since Chincoteague (VA) oysters were among the best available.


    'tis a pity. We spent 2 years near the Chesapeake Bay 40 years ago
    & were able to work a couple oyster meals into the mix. [always felt
    like I was cheating on the blue crab when I ate oysters<g>]

    Jim

  13. #13
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 10:00*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    > store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.
    >
    > Yeah right....I don't think so. *Homey don't play that.
    >
    > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound good and
    > I haven't had any in a while. *Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    > down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    > ones myself.
    >
    > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. *That's me! *:-D
    >
    > I don't eat/swallow them raw. *That's a waste of good seafood, imo. *My
    > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > and a good cole slaw on the side.
    >
    > Gary


    Do you need to shuck them on the beach and leave the shells? We have
    to do that here, altho I won't eat them myself- they look too much
    like little aliens to me!

  14. #14
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 3:58*pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    > On Dec 15, 10:00*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    > > store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.

    >
    > > Yeah right....I don't think so. *Homey don't play that.

    >
    > > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound goodand
    > > I haven't had any in a while. *Rather than grocery store, I'm going to drive
    > > down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozen live
    > > ones myself.

    >
    > > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. *That's me! *:-D

    >
    > > I don't eat/swallow them raw. *That's a waste of good seafood, imo. *My
    > > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > > and a good cole slaw on the side.

    >
    > > Gary

    >
    > Do you need to shuck them on the beach and leave the shells? We have
    > to do that here, altho I won't eat them myself- they look too much
    > like little aliens to me!


    I have a theory about why oysters are considered an aphrodisiac. I
    don't think they look liked little aliens, but they DO bear a striking
    resemblance to a certain part of the human female anatomy! ;-)

    John Kuthe...

  15. #15
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On Dec 15, 2:09*pm, John Kuthe <johnkuth...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Dec 15, 3:58*pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Dec 15, 10:00*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:

    >
    > > > Just looked at the grocery store ads for the week and my normal grocery
    > > > store is selling 16oz jars of shucked oysters for $11.99.

    >
    > > > Yeah right....I don't think so. *Homey don't play that.

    >
    > > > This is where living at the beach comes in handy. Oysters do sound good and
    > > > I haven't had any in a while. *Rather than grocery store, I'm goingto drive
    > > > down to a nearby bay tomorrow (at low tide) and harvest about a dozenlive
    > > > ones myself.

    >
    > > > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > > > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. *That's me! *:-D

    >
    > > > I don't eat/swallow them raw. *That's a waste of good seafood, imo.*My
    > > > favorite way is to fry them whole in a tempura batter then add salty fries
    > > > and a good cole slaw on the side.

    >
    > > > Gary

    >
    > > Do you need to shuck them on the beach and leave the shells? We have
    > > to do that here, altho I won't eat them myself- they look too much
    > > like little aliens to me!

    >
    > I have a theory about why oysters are considered an aphrodisiac. I
    > don't think they look liked little aliens, but they DO bear a striking
    > resemblance to a certain part of the human female anatomy! ;-)
    >
    > John Kuthe...


    TMI!!! BTW, I was shopping at Cost Plus World Market with my son
    earlier today. We went to the food dept, and the kid pointed out the
    chocolate bar with bacon- LOL!! Did you see my thought on a maple
    truffle garnished with bacon bits? I thought it was brilliant if you
    gotta use bacon!

  16. #16
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    On 12/15/2011 11:00 AM, Gary wrote:

    >
    > Commercial fishermen tong in the deep water beds, but the ones near shore
    > are available to anyone that's willing to go for them. That's me! :-D
    >
    >


    Depending on the nearby community onshore, shallow water shellfish can
    be loaded with harmful bacteria. We used to rake for clams and scallops
    in thigh-high water and catch fluke and flounder in shallow salt water
    ponds 25+ years ago. I wouldn't consider it today. There are way too
    many shorelines affected by wastewater outflow, and too many old and
    uninspected/unpermitted septic systems.

    When we were in Thailand recently we saw people everywhere in the
    countryside catching lots of fish in the muddy floodwaters right by the
    side of the highways where they had tethered cows and goats. I did not
    eat fish the entire time we were there.

    gloria p




  17. #17
    Julian Vrieslander Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    I've never dug for oysters, but I'm fortunate to live in Seattle, where
    there are nearby shellfish farms. Since the waters are cold, we get
    good oysters year round, and our favorite stores always have several
    varieties available in live tanks. Penn Coves are usually reliably good.

    I like them raw, wtih a tiny dab of home-made cocktail sauce, and a
    glass of ice-cold vodka or white wine on the side. I also like them
    baked, as oysters Rockefeller, or fried, in po-boy sandwiches.

    The only time I ever got sick from oysters was when I tucked away a
    couple of dozen (mix of raw and baked) at a joint in New Orleans. From
    what I've read, gulf oysters are more susceptible to microbial nasties,
    maybe because of the warmer waters.

    --
    Julian Vrieslander

  18. #18
    z z Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    I love oyster stew which is why I ordered an oysters dish when I ate
    last year at that upscale chain called Crab Shack. Horrible breaded and
    fried rock hard crunchy oysters-you could not taste the oyster at all.
    Not at all what I thought I ordered.

    I have a recipe from another cooking group I plan to try. Casserole of
    oysters, crackers, cream, butter, and worcestershire, I think. I plan to
    use Cheez-it garlic parmesan crackers.


  19. #19
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    Julian wrote:

    > The only time I ever got sick from oysters was when I tucked away a
    > couple of dozen (mix of raw and baked) at a joint in New Orleans. From
    > what I've read, gulf oysters are more susceptible to microbial nasties,
    > maybe because of the warmer waters.



    In 1988 I visited the Newport (Oregon) Seafood Festival. I consumed some raw
    oysters there which gave me hepatitis "A". Didn't put me off raw oysters,
    though; I figure I'm immune to that now!

    I've posted about my favorite cooked oyster dish before:

    Message-ID: 4388cd61$0$9153$[email protected]

    from _Big Flavors of the Hot Sun_:

    "There we were, on our first night in Singapore, suffering from jet lag
    but nevertheless busily checking out the street food scene. It was 2:00 A.M.
    and we were in the heart of Newton Circus, one of the city's organized
    collections of street food vendors that reflect the incredible cultural
    diversity of Singapore. We were watching a guy toss a couple of raw eggs
    into a wok smoking hot with oil, followed by some giant raw oysters, soy
    sauce, ginger, herbs, and an extra-large handful of chopped chiles to
    torture the tourists. Before I could say, "I've changed my mind," this
    chile-laden egg-oyster thing was looking up at me from a plate. This dish
    may not sound great, but that's nothing compared to the way it looked, and
    my buddy was cracking up as I took my first bite. The ginger and herbs were
    the first things I tasted, the consistency was a little like brains, with a
    distinct, partially cooked oyster flavor, and then whammo! the chiles kicked
    in. The oysters were meaty and delicious, and with the eggs to bind them
    together a bit and the power of the chiles -- well, I lost my jet leg and
    became quite a fan of this common street food. It goes to show, once again,
    that being adventurous pays off, and you should never judge anything until
    you have actually tasted it."

    Beats the hell out of a Hangtown Fry, in my estimation.

    Bob, about 60 miles from Hangtown (now known as Placerville, California)



  20. #20
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Oysters

    dsi1 wrote:
    >
    > I prefer the ones in the jar because I shuck at sucking. Err... suck
    > at shucking. It's a kind of a dangerous activity for me.


    Yeah....it's a dangerous activity for anyone. You wear a heavy glove in the
    hand that's holding the oyster but it's still easy to have that knife slip
    off the shell and stab you in the palm of your hand. For this reason, many
    people just steam or roast them open.

    Gary

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