Another week has passed (that weekend was WAY too short) and its time for another installment of difficulty ratings. On the agenda: Shucking oysters. Oh man, I was personally scared of this task and was almost positive I was going to cut my hand off. I was reassured by the sales clerk at the cooking store where I purchased my knife that it’s a piece of cake, and her and her husband do it all the time. Ok lady, I believe you…..not. She recommended to me the Endurance Oyster Knife which has a wider, flatter blade than a traditional oyster knife. “Better for women to use” she claimed because it gives you better leverage when turning the knife to pop the oyster. This knife also didn’t seem particularly sharp so that helped ease my “cutting off of the hand” fear.
I watched like 20 videos on “how to shuck oysters” online to build my confidence, then went down to my local fish market to pick up the goods. Once home, I just had at it!
Diffuculty rating 7 out of 10
This was not harder than I thought it would be (I thought it was going to be pretty hard) and, it turns out, the hardest part was actually getting the knife INTO the oyster. The popping open of the oysters was the easy part. I can see where a long skinny (traditional) oyster knife would work better for this purpose. If I do it again I’m going to get the other type of knife. I will admit that this was quite an upper body workout and I did have to enlist the help of The Hubs halfway through because my hands and shoulders were tired. A lot of the stuff I read about oyster shucking was that braun is not as necessary as finesse, but I’ll tell you, The Hubs hammered out those oysters a helluva lot faster than I could and I’m pretty sure his muscles helped.
Well that was fun and interesting, now, what to do with all these oysters? The Hubs and I aren’t HUGE raw oyster people so I made an oyster bisque. It was perfect for our first “fall-y” day here in San Diego, and, contrary to popular belief, oyster bisque CAN be football food!
It turned out great except I didn’t puree my base long enough (I have a patience problem) so we had little bits of potato still floating around. Oh well, we managed to eat the whole pot anyway!