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Your Best Oysters

February 5, 2010 • 26 Comments

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Watch us make this week's oyster finalists: Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter and Fried Oysters with Saffron AioliAs a bonus, our friend (and camera man) James conducts a brief lesson in Oyster Shucking.

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almost 3 years ago Sam1148

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Sometime fresh oysters are hard to find fresh. For cooked oyster applications like broiled or oyster Rockefeller: I have a bag of cleaned oyster shells. It take some time to clean the shells soak, boil, bleach, scrub etc and use those with the preshucked oysters. So, save your shells!
A "Church Key" type can opener is also good to shuck a fresh oyster. Finding that sweet spot on the hinge is the trick there.
For gloves; leather "Weider gloves" are cheap and work well. They also make great oven mitts.

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over 4 years ago Gwendolyn

Congratulations to all of the winners. Melissa, your oyster recipe sounds s-o-o-o- good. Can't wait to give it a try. Great photo of you guys!

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over 4 years ago Emilystubbs

I was awarded 12 stitches in my left thumb last time I tried to shuck an oyster with a very sharp knife! Highly suggest a chain mail glove instead of a cloth and LOVE the screwdriver idea.
Maybe us Kansas Stubbs' should stick to shucking corn and leave the oysters to you? Thanks Merrill - always love your videos.

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over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Emily -- good point, and do you know a good mail order source for a chain-mail glove?

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over 4 years ago Emilystubbs

Hi Amanda -
I found one at cooking.com.
try: http://www.cooking.com...
Keep up the good work!

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over 4 years ago Emilystubbs

The glove is pretty expensive ($139.95).
But I recall the stitches and all the pain-killing vodka being very
expensive too!
Emily

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Had to run out and get that Sriracha sauce, looked so good. It's nice! I used it on my chicken wings tonight instead of the Franks Red Hot. Sorry Frank.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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It has a nice tang to it.

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over 4 years ago ltedixon

Love the kid noises in the background. Nice to know that I am not alone in trying to cook and care.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Their hands, reaching over the counter, have also made it into a few videos.

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over 4 years ago Rhonda35

Testing these recipes would be a bit of a dream assignment for me - I just love oysters! Have to say I am partial to the grilled oysters with Sriracha lime butter because they seem juicier, plus who can say no to tart and spicy butter? Amanda, not only were you wearing oyster colors, you also had on oyster gems - pearl earrings!

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over 4 years ago JimHero

Oh man, I got to try these, the sriracha lime oysters blew my mind!!!!!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Forgot about the pearls! And Jim, yes, do try them!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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James -- later realized you're JimHero. Funny.

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over 4 years ago JimHero

My secret identity is ruined!

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over 4 years ago melissav

Sorry about the lime juice "coronary." When I was creating the recipe, I forgot to take the butter out to soften so I threw it in the microwave and accidentally melted it. I went ahead and threw all the ingredients in and put it in the freezer to set up. When writing up the recipe, I thought it would save some time to just soften the butter instead of melting it. I never imagined the lime wouldn't incorporate but I like your solution!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Aha! Now it all makes sense. Thanks.

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Another great video. A screwdriver?! That is brilliant.Thanks for the tip, James.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Also not as sharp as a shucker.

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over 4 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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And you can't tighten a hinge or hang a curtain rod with an oyster shucker...

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over 4 years ago Rhonda35

well...if JAMES is the oyster shucker, you could probably get a lot of handy work done around the house - plus have a little eye candy to go with it!

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over 4 years ago JimHero

There's a lot of tools one can find around the house that can help with cooking! Glad I could help with the oysters though!

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over 4 years ago mcaron

yummy oysters....let's have more of James too!
a Cute Cape Codder

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Yes, James is usually behind the camera but we might have to bring him back in front!

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over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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This is so interesting, and helpful too!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Glad it was -- oyster week has made me want to cook with them more often.