We'll be gathering at favorite oyster bars around town this month to enjoy oysters without regard for the old "R Month Rule" you know, "never eat oysters in a month without an R". While oysters are at their plumpest in the fall and winter, we can enjoy them year round.
This month we're enjoying them without concern, know why?
- Oysters from reputable sources are taken from clean waters.
- They're transported safely (i.e. proper refrigeration).
- Many are triploids and don't spawn. "Triploid" may sound scary but it's an oyster bred to carry an extra gene, so it won't reproduce in the summer months, when the warming water temperatures make diploids spawn. (A spawny oyster won't hurt you, it's just milky instead of briney.)
In the past, each of these aspects could be problematic. Not so much now. If you love oysters as I do, no reason to deprive yourself just because it's summer!
- By the way, have you liked our Oyster Century Club Facebook page yet? Check out my shucking video there. Tips for buying, storing, and shucking.
- JOIN US: Thursday Aug 4 @ The Merchant! Free admission to members (bring your card!), join us for specials and free admission to more events. We'll have 1/2 price oysters, gather entries for raffle of great swag.
Here are some other great oyster shots from my weekend in Portland.
At our event at Merchant, we'll cover some tips for warm weather enjoyment. Here are some great resources for anyone tasting along in Brussels, San Fran, Seattle, Toronto...everywhere our OCC members are.
- Pangea Shellfish has a great video course which is quick and fun. Warning: it will make you crave oysters! Check it out here.