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Raw Oysters

post #1 of 26
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I had Raw oysters (were talking just opened fresh) for the first time on sunday.......man they were somthing else, a bit salty but good nonthe less....anyone else had raw oysters with nother else............had nothing to wash it down either..........kidna freaked me out (not much of a sushi person) but they were good....just thought i would share
post #2 of 26
Always wondered what those things tasted like....don't have the courage to actually eat one though. Don't they wiggle down your throat! :eek:
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post #3 of 26
Yeap they are great! Try mussels as well!! They are great but nothing compares to urchines :)
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post #4 of 26
Athenaeus, do you mean raw mussels? I have never had them raw before.
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post #5 of 26
Yum! A squeeze of lemon, a dash of Tabasco and down it goes! The perfect diet food, too. Lots of balanced protien, no fat, few carbs and calories. Not to mention that a dozen will fill you up for a whole day!
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post #6 of 26
Tony Curtis?? :confused: Nude beach!? :eek:
Hey wait a minute....are you talking about mussels or oysters? And aren't they supposed to be loaded with iron?
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post #7 of 26
Raw clams too! Uuummm urchins... and conch.
post #8 of 26
On my BD, hubby shucked a dozen beautiful oysters as a starter. On my last oyster, I felt something in my mouth..a tiny, nearly oval shaped pearl.

Raw clams and oysters are incredible. But with every raw food experience there's a caveat...be sure you get them from a reputable source and let your nose be your last line of defense. If the oyster offends in any way, it should never make it to your mouth.

Raw oysters are the best aphrodesiac ;).

I've never had raw mussels but how intriguing! I can eat bowls of them cooked. And isn't conch rubbery when raw?

On the cooked side, I love oyster stew. Baked oysters are great too.
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post #9 of 26

Don't believe everything.....

Oysters as an aphrodisiac? The last time I ate a dozen raw oysters only six worked!
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post #10 of 26

Congratulations, Sean

You are on your way to being a true food professional. Taste, taste, taste! Be brave!!! and you'll find delicious wonders.

Oysters are one of my absolute favorite foods -- raw first, with just a squeeze of lemon; also in stews, pan roasts, fried ... and clams, and mussels, and urchins, and ... :lips: :lips: :lips:

Chiffonade makes a good point: be careful. Around this time of year, Gulf oysters can be tainted (algae blooms and all that :( ) And if, g-d forbid, you get sick from an oyster, let the place you got it from know! You might save others' lives that way.
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post #11 of 26
Tried 'em, can't stand 'em. Oysters are not for me in any shape or form.

Still prefer my other shellfish cooked to raw though raw's not bad.

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post #12 of 26
Raw oysters... oh, yeah! I only eat the kosher ones. :lol:

To me they have the texture of a soft boiled egg and the sublime flavor of the sea. I do like a dash of Tabasco and a spritz of lemon on mine. Sadly, we do have to be careful of where they come from, as pollution and poor handling can be deadly.

Strangely, I can't stand cooked oysters, although I will choke down a well-made oyster stew when provoked.
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post #13 of 26
Yeah!!! They're the best...especially with lemon, tabasco, cocktail sauce and fresh horseradish...
post #14 of 26
:lol: This is a very funny thread

BUT raw clams??? I have never had those??? How you eat them??
You chop them and you put them in your mouth just like that???

PS Pete, yes, raw mussels, they are great :)
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post #15 of 26
You eat small clams raw the same way you eat oysters: shuck them add a little cocktail sauce (or lemon and tabasco) and down the hatch!

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post #16 of 26

Made a delicious oyster stew this morning for breakfast, along a half dozen fried oysters.  The breakfast of champions.  

 

There is plenty left for later.

 

None raw today, but I absolutely love them with ketchup, fresh squeezed lemon juice, hot sauce, and horseradish concocted right at the table.

 

Lily 

post #17 of 26

I have loved raw oysters and clams since I was a little kid. Our neighbors used to go digging in Puget Sound. My mom never let on how disgusting she thought they were, so as not to prejudice me against them. (The shellfish, not the neighbors.)

 

I have had cooked mussels several times and liked them, but got sick each time. Probably shouldn't eat them at a buffet next to an interstate motel.

post #18 of 26

Have never eaten mussels.  Either they are not popular or available in New Orleans and Atlanta, or I have just not noticed them on menus. I've seen them in grocery stores recently but would not have a clue how to clean or cook them.

 

I learned to love oysters only because my step father, whom I adored while growing up, challenged me to eat them.  Off course they are delicious and I was hooked immediately even though I thought they looked disgusting.  I wish my step father had introduced me to snails.  I understand they are wonderful, but I would rather slit my wrists than put one in my mouth.

 

Lily

post #19 of 26

Love oysters - straight up nothing on them to dilute the flavor - same with clams.  I love mussels they are available here year 'round.  I've had snails several times, but it's not something I go for unless they are on the menu.

post #20 of 26
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Yeah!!! They're the best...especially with lemon, tabasco, cocktail sauce and fresh horseradish...

Yes, the above post is very old. But I am compelled to quote it and note that with the chosen condiments, you don't even need the oyster. Those would make many things taste just fine on their own.  So if the oyster benefits from that much embellishment, what's the point? Is this just damning with faint praise? 

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post #21 of 26

Maybe some folks like the idea of oysters, just not the oyster?   :confused:

post #22 of 26
I've always liked oysters but I like to chew them, I love the texture and it feels like you're eating the sea. I really enjoy raw oysters and clams but I prefer them to be slightly steamed, just enough to be warm but still pretty raw. Just a little lemon juice for me.

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post #23 of 26

Plenty very finely chopped raw shallot swimming in a small cup of red wine vinegar. A small tsp of that on a raw oyster and you're in heaven...and, it's addictive!

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Plenty very finely chopped raw shallot swimming in a small cup of red wine vinegar. A small tsp of that on a raw oyster and you're in heaven...and, it's addictive!


Now....if you added some crushed whole black peppercorns to this, it becomes Mignonette Sauce. Excellent!!!

post #25 of 26

I commend you guys for your bravery, but it is not for me.  Those would have to be some seriously pristine waters to get my vote of confidence on doing that.

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post #26 of 26

You should not eat mussels in almost any restaurant period, or anything from a buffet joint.  98% of the time, if there is a bad mussel, no one catch it and it will get served.  Cook them yourself.  My friend ate these sketchy mussels from an Asian place here in Western NY and I'm impressed he survived the ordeal.  Many places don't store them properly either, or even realize it. 

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