How to Shuck an Oyster

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To open an oyster, hold the oyster in one, gloved hand, flat side up. Using a Crown Oyster shucking knife (free with your first order), insert the knife into the bottom curve of the shell and wiggle the knife a little till it pops.

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Insert the knife in the shell making sure it slides along the flat shell, otherwise you are creating scrambled oysters. Remove the lid (the flat shell).

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Scrape with the knife carefully along the bottom half of the shell to detach the oyster from the shell.

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Now you can turn the oyster over for a better presentation. Enjoy!

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Shelf Life

  • Unopened oysters easily last up to 14 days if the oysters are gaping (which they do naturally) – tap them with your finger – a live oyster should close its shell when you tap it. If it doesn’t close, discard it.
  • Opened fresh oysters may be kept in the fridge at or below 4 degree Celsius for up to 7 days.
  • When you cook fresh oysters, the shell should open. Discard any oyster that remains closed.