An RP How-To: Oyster Shucking

Re-posted in honor of our 2/27/18 sex event - this little aphrodisiac snack.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 2016

Welcome to the official, inaugural post in our how-to series! When we started RP, this was part of our vision - quick, useful, entertaining how-tos to make sure that you're prepared for all situations. Be sure to send us feedback and let us know what you'd like to see us learn/share! **Photo credits to our dear friend David Trudo.

How to shuck an oyster.

Colby stared at me. 

"...wait, they're ALIVE?" David (our photographer) asked.

Yeah. You want to eat your oysters alive - or at least cook them while they're alive. That's why you want the oysters (or mussels) with the closed shell. An open shell typically indicates that the oyster has ceased to oyst (not a word.)

Once you get your oysters (I get mine from a fish market on 5th Avenue in Park Slope,) here's how to open them:

 Tool of the trade - this oyster knife was $8 on Amazon and worked just fine, although I've seen way more expensive brands. The oysters here are Blue Points from Long Island and I was able to get them at my local fish market for $1/oyster. You're also going to need a hand towel.

Tool of the trade - this oyster knife was $8 on Amazon and worked just fine, although I've seen way more expensive brands. The oysters here are Blue Points from Long Island and I was able to get them at my local fish market for $1/oyster. You're also going to need a hand towel.

 Rinse your oysters under the faucet in cold water. Discard any open shells. Place the oyster inside a folded towel.

Rinse your oysters under the faucet in cold water. Discard any open shells. Place the oyster inside a folded towel.

 Hold the oyster firmly in place. I don't think that there's necessarily a right way to fold the towel, but you do want to make sure that your thumb is tucked securely inside of it. No need to buy fancy gloves, just make sure that you protect your thumb!

Hold the oyster firmly in place. I don't think that there's necessarily a right way to fold the towel, but you do want to make sure that your thumb is tucked securely inside of it. No need to buy fancy gloves, just make sure that you protect your thumb!

Place your knife in the hinge (narrower) side of the oyster. Twist. If the oyster doesn't give, try it from the side of the hinge. Then try it from the other side. Then go along the middle of the hinge line again. Typically you'll find a way to get the knife securely in there. Once the knife is officially inside the oyster, twist. The top and bottom shells should start separating. Remove the top shell completely.

 Slide the knife underneath to separate the oyster from it's shell. Do your best to not cut into the oyster - it's just neater.

Slide the knife underneath to separate the oyster from it's shell. Do your best to not cut into the oyster - it's just neater.

 You're done! Eat as is or use one of the oyster topper recipes below!

You're done! Eat as is or use one of the oyster topper recipes below!

For sauces, check out one of these recipes. What they refer to as a "classic" sauce is typically referred to as a mignonette and you'll see it that way on menus.