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Eating an oyster at a bar may feel awkward for people who are trying it for the first time or haven’t done it in years. Although there really aren’t any rules about eating oysters, aside from washing your hands first, there are a few things to remember to make it as delicious an experience as possible. The following are the recommendations of experts.
Origin of Oysters
Before you begin, ensure the oysters you buy are fresh like they are at The Crab Shack raw bar. Typically, the freshest oysters are harvested locally. It is an FDA requirement that shellfish are tagged and that information must note the day that the oysters were harvested. Oysters with broken or cracked shells should be thrown away.
The first step is loosening the oyster with a small fork to make sure it is no longer attached to its shell. Using your fingers, carefully pick up the oyster shell and lift it up to your open mouth, just above the lower lip. Next, tip the shell a little, and let the oyster slide into your mouth.
Biting & Chewing
The flavors of an oyster should be savored. Instead of swallowing an oyster whole, expert chefs recommend that you should bite and chew into it to taste all its flavors. Keep in mind that “oyster liquor” should also be part of the eating enjoyment. The shell contains this liquid, which has a briny flavor, and it should not be discarded before eating the oyster.
Flipping the Shells
After an oyster is eaten, its shell should be placed face down on the serving platter. For people eating as a group, they can better avoid spreading germs by placing the oyster shells that came into direct contact with their mouths face down on a designated share plate for discarded shells.
Get Your Oysters Here: The Crab Shack Menu for Crofton.
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