How to Shuck an Oyster with an Oyster Glove
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Oyster shucking (opening an oyster shell) is an impressive feat and buying oysters in their shell means you can serve them on the half-shell, which not only looks cool but helps keep their flavour. However, oyster shucking isn’t nearly as difficult or as dangerous as it might seem.
Should I use an Oyster Glove?
Some people will say that shucking an oyster using just a tea towel is safe enough, but those people are dicing with danger. To open an oyster shell you have to basically point a knife at your hand to get enough force and purchase to open it. One wrong slip, and the knife could easily find its way into your palm or finger.
The safest way to shuck an oyster is to use an oyster-glove. Also known as a chainmail glove, this is a glove most often made from chainmail, thousands of metal links that offer the best levels of cut protection available. While it is not guaranteed to stop stabs or cuts, it offers the best chance possible from the options available.
How To Shuck An Oyster
There are several ways to shuck an oyster and many chefs will swear by theirs, which is usually the way they were taught. This method stops the juices and nectar from flowing out, which helps keep the natural flavour of the oyster intact.
And there you have it: one shucked oyster. If you’re doing several oysters it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind and be reckless but remember that you are dealing with sharp objects pointed at your hand, and your oyster glove isn’t 100% stab-proof.
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