They are luxurious, a tad decadent, a true delicacy and often the starting gun for a feast. We are talking about oysters, which – precisely for the reasons mentioned above – deserve to be stored, opened and served in the right way.
Therefore: an overview!
Did you buy oysters? Keep them – until you eat them – as fresh as possible by always putting them in the fridge ( never at room temperature and never in the freezer). In closed form, oysters can be kept in the refrigerator for up to nine days or until the best before date. The risk that oysters will go bad is great if you do not store oysters properly. And such a beautiful product, that would be a shame…
Moreover , of course , oysters are all about freshness . It is therefore preferable not to buy them too long in advance. You also really open oysters à la minute: just before serving!
Opening oysters can seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before. However, it is actually quite easy. And once you’ve mastered it, there’s something incredibly satisfying about it. This is how you work:
- Always use a hand or tea towel to protect your hands. Also keep an oyster knife at the ready, it is much more convenient and safer than a kitchen knife.
- Then place the oyster on the tea towel in one hand. Do this with the flat side up. Turn the hinge of the oyster (so the narrower tip) towards you.
- Now pierce the oyster knife at the level of the hinge with your knife and make gentle, circular movements. Do not apply too much pressure: you will see that the oyster will come loose by itself by turning in the right place.
- Is the oyster once a little open? Push the knife horizontally into the oyster and detach the oyster from the shell along the top (i.e. the flat side). To do this, cut along the entire surface of the oyster and do this carefully.
- If all is well, you can now pull the oyster shells apart. With the knife you can now also loosen the oyster all around, so that it slides smoothly out of the shell when you start slurping it.
Have you opened your oysters? A good idea to serve them is on ice , this ensures that they stay fresh. Other serving tips include:
- Arrange the empty oyster shells with the convex side on a dish and arrange the full oyster shells on top.
- Place the oysters on seaweed (on top of a layer of ice just to be sure). You can find seaweed at the fish shop, in larger supermarkets or at the toko.
- Oysters don’t stay very well on a normal plate. The people of Pescattura have come up with something for that. Notches have been made in their wooden oyster board so that your oysters simply remain well-behaved. Handy and stylish: we love it.
Are you still looking for inspiration for tasty oyster toppings?