Rachel Precious is the owner of Precious Oyster Catering located in Connecticut. Precious Oyster’s redefines the raw bar experience by highlighting the art of shucking and the beauty of ocean’s bounty. Rachel is a professional when it comes to oyster knowledge and catering especially since she was a once a wedding planner and a oyster farmer. I hope you enjoy this episode and she even has a few questions for me at the end.
Chris Sherman is CEO of Island Creek Oyster and has been with the company well over a decade. Today he gives us some history on Island Creek Oyster, how they’ve made their place in oyster culture, and what makes their oyster stand the test of time and mother nature.
Great episode today all about The 2019 Damariscotta Oyster Celebration in Maine held on June 13-15. Sarah-Taylor Wieluns Executive Producer of O’Maine Studios gave us just a taste of what we have to look forward to on the 3 day celebration.
Earlier this week I was so bored out of my mind I made a video of something I thought was so simple at the time. During the video I realized this was actually a great idea for a blog post. In the video I break down three ways to shuck an oyster properly.
The first tip in shucking properly is knowing what your oyster shucking knife will actually do. So for these particular styles I went for a strong knife, a stabbing but sturdy knife and a traditional Chesapeake stabbing knife. A strong knife is good for a harder shell and especially wild oysters. The stabbing knife but sturdy is good for a farm raised oyster but with a sturdy hinge. Last but not least the traditional Chesapeake Bay stabbing knife is specifically made for going through the mouth of the oyster.
The second tip is to know what type of oyster you will be shucking. You can find this out by asking a couple questions, starting with is this oyster a farmed or wild oyster? Next you want to figure out is the hinge sturdy or not? To make it easy look for any decaying shell or fungus growing on the back of the shell. Last but not least if the shell of the oyster is misshaped this could make it harder to shuck. A good example of a misshaped oyster comes from island creek oyster company. Its been a few years since I’ve shucked them, but back then they were notorious for having a hook in the shell.
The tip and final step is to check out the video. If you have any other questions feel free to email me. Im also including my amazon affiliate link to pick up one of my favorite oyster knives.