How to shuck
- Place the Oysters in a colander, and rinse them with cold running water. Scrub each shell with a brush to remove any dirt or debris.
- Place the oyster in between a kitchen towel with flat side up and hinge sticking out (where shells taper together). To protect your hand, you can also fold a kitchen towel lengthwise into thirds. Wrap the kitchen towel over one hand and use it to hold the oyster firmly on a flat surface.
- Using an oyster shucking knife in the other hand, place the tip of the shucking knife at the base of the hinge, twist the knife using pressure, then without the pressure, lever the knife upwards, or twist it til you pop the hinge open. Buy Oyster Shucking Knife here!
- Wipe your knife clean if there are debris, then slide the knife under the top shell to release the oyster by severing the muscle and remove the shell. Be careful not to tip the oyster and lose all its liquor when you handle it.
- Inspect for any shell fragments and use the tip of a clean oyster knife to remove it.
- Now slide the knife under the oyster severing the muscle from the bottom shell. Push the oyster around to make sure it's completely free.