This conversation was very interesting, even though it is years old....
I'm not sure if anyone will see this who posted, or anyone new, but I'm curious if people could have been eating dead worms on "Not so fresh" Oysters?
I could only imagine being the manager and having people complain about worms all the time on your "super fresh" Oysters...
It's also interesting, because the opinions of some people, vary from others, even if their opinion was very informational. I think the posts of "Professional Oyster Catchers/Shuckers" are interesting, and it seems that the worms, as nasty as they are, are a sign of freshness, whic is good.
The thing is, there was also mention of parasites and crap, so how likely is it to get a nasty worm, or some bad hitchhiker, into these oysters?
It's also interesting that the oysters cannot be fully cleaned of these worms. I'm not an Osyter/Clam eater so I haven't really had a good look at these creatures, but is there really a lot of places to hide? They burrow into the shell? No way to force them out?
JTucker made an interesting comment about how these clams/osyters are important to the ecosystem of these "filter-feeders" so I'm curious if these worms actually do anything to HELP the oysters, possibly flavor/texture wise?
I've heard about brewing beer and the fermentation process, as well as pro-biotics and that fermentation process, and the whole ecosystem and how it's basically a living thing...
OR CHEESE!? I hear Cheese is also a "Living organism," at least that was a comment on this site, since cheese is cured over time... I guess the same could be said about meats that use a mold cure?
So I'm curious about the Worms and if they could even be a positive thing, besides how nasty they "seem to be."