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December 05, 2007


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The first time I shucked oysters (this past July for Bastille Day), I was so f*&^$#! pissed! I'm glad to know I'm not alone in my 'peessed opp' mood. Kalamnsi juice instead of lemon = genius. Where'd you get your kalamansi tree again? I'm thinking of getting my mom one for Christmas.

Thanks for the tutorial. I wish I could say for sure I will not get itchy wheals throughout my gastrointestinal tract for eating the raw broth of the sea. Nobody else at home would also like to try one, so.... maybe when I'm at a restaurant. With a Claritin nearby (perhaps Benadryl so I can be sedated).

Did you consider even for a second that your Malaspinas were actually rocks? Haha :)

good one. i haven't tried shucking oysters myself (hmm, there's almost a perverse ring to that...)
at least you put your rage to good use. aren't oysters supposed to be aphrodisiacs? i hope they worked ;-)

Very entertaining post. Also very informative as I've never shucked an oyster at home either. When I do, I'll make sure Sonny's in another room so he doesn't hear mama cursing.

Niiiice. Coincidentally, I got a hold of a whole bunch of calamansi from someone, I've been using it on damn near everything. Sauteed spinach. Clams. Fried stuff. Steamed stuff. The wounds of my enemies.

Oooh, yum! I've never shucked my own oysters. Good call on the oven mitt!

u are much more patient than i!

You can open oysters without cooking or losing juice by zapping in microwave for 20 seconds or so.

I so do enjoy your writing - you crack me up! I shared your blog to all my Filipino friends and we are all 'pans' ;)
Back to shucking, we bought some oysters while camping last year. My then 10-yr-old was our own personal shucker. She was a pro :) her tool of choice was a Flat Head Screwdriver. We sat there rubbing our fat bellies while she shucked & served - sigh...oh, her? She probably fooled us - for every oyster she shucked for us she had 2 for herself! (Oh, she has her own motives!)

I'm down for a good ole group shuck. We could be two guys, shucking.

i bought a ten-pound bag of oysters about a month ago...unfortunately, mine were pretty ugly Gulf oysters that aren't anywhere near as pretty as those above. and those were a B!@$H to open!!! i didn't own a shucker, so i used the next best thing...a butter knife. it sucked...my hands still bear the scars from that fiasco. then i caved in and bought an oyster knife...butter knives were not meant to be used on big, ugly Gulf oysters.

since we're a Filipino family, there's rarely any lemon or lime...but there's always kalamansi! the few i actually did open were enjoyed with kalamansi juice...yummo.

ten pounds is a lot...my dad ended up making soup out of the rest.

Marvin, where did you buy the kalamansi limes? I have never seen them anywhere down in Irvine...

your dad reminds me of my dad ..hehehe anyways this oyster post is really useful coz there are plenty of people that hurt themselves in opening one :-)

Krizia, I bought my kalamansi tree at OSH hardware. I've seen trees at other hardware stores, but they are all labeled as "variegated calmondin", and I think that means they are not true kalamansi. Make sure the tree you get isn't some kind of hybrid.

Manggy, I always feel bad for those with food allergies. I can't imagine not being able to eat oysters, they are too good to miss.

Hi desie, yes oysters are purportedly an aphrodisiac, and that's all I will say about that;)

Yes, darbunk, do make sure that the young ones are out of earshot;)

lol elmo! Rubbing kalamansi in the wounds of your enemies is an awesome use for them!

Thanks Julie. Just make sure you wear an oven mitt that allows you to grasp the oyster firmly.

Ah yes, steamy, I do remember your post about opening coconuts!

icechip1, that has to be the greatest tip of all time! i will definitely have to experiment with that one!

Thanks very much Melissa! I'm glad you are spreading the word to your friends about me. I can use all the "pans" I can get;) And your daughter sounds like a little genius.

Hurst, anytime.

10 lbs. is a lot of oysters Janice! And a butter knife works wonders doesn't it?

Hi Rasa, OSH hardware.

Hello dhanggit. Yeah, i think a lot of pinoy dads have some rage issues;)

I can't remember the last time I had oysters. I like them with vinegar, shallots, and chili. My friends put them on top of hot charcoal until they open just a tad before fully opeing them.

hahaha, "we're two open oysters, shucking" sounds naughty.:D

I have never had oysters :( maybe one day...

Your post made me laugh, out loud, long and hard. Thank you! I needed that this morning. You are quite the story teller!! junemoon

Very helpful tips. Thank you very much Marvin!
Your mignonette looks good by the way.

So funny. I could just hear my dad reading this and disclaiming any familiarity whatsoever. Luckily, I am more handy b/c I am not more patient. But some of the F*bombs did fly on my first shucking experience. Check out my gourmetfood column or blog for posts on the experience!

Jacqueline Church

LOL-on pinoy dads' rage issues..i agree 100%

Ah, I miss oysters. Especially when they're in season and I can get them as cheap as a dime apiece in Oregon. My family always buys them by the box! My daddy even found a tiny pearl for me once! And he never swears either. :P

BTW, you know there's a special oyster shucking knife? It's shorter and gives you more leverage. And I shuck from the mouth and just pry open with my hands. Also, there's a weird little wooden thingamajig that holds the oyster in place to make it all easier.

Why, I would never judge you and your shucking group style. . . . .but the whole roasted pig's head on a platter, that is something that takes a white girl from the suburbs some time to get used to.

When the f bombs start dropping it's always wise to steer clear... I've never shucked my own oysters, that's what ninjas are for.

I've never shucked oysters before and as entertaining and informative your tutorial, Marvin, I think I'll keep it that way :).

brilliant post, very entertaining stories and gorgeous pix! what in the world are those little orangey looking things? the big oysters did indeed look evil - good strategy to burn them.

Hmmm, makes me want to go out and get some oysters! funny post... I never thought I would find cursing funny but you made me laugh. LOL

hi oggi! Yes, even though I was scared at first to grill them, the oysters turned out very good. Like you said, I think the key is to only grill them until they just open.

Never Cynthia? You're missing out!

Hello junemoon. Thanks so much for the compliment and for stopping by!

Thank Ruy. And the mignonette is very simple to make.

Hi Jacqueline, first-time oyster shucking will inevitably lead to f-bombs.

dhanggit, i know it;)

WC, you're lucky that your dad never swears. And yes, I do know about oyster knives, I just didn't want to go out and buy one;)

Hello Delilah, the one time you witnessed a pig's head on a platter makes you a wily lechon veteran now. You should be used to it;)

You're right, brilynn! Ninjas make great oyster shuckers!

Pat, oyster shucking is not that difficult;)

hello foodhoe. the orange things are a type of filipino lime called kalamansi. They are very tart and taste like, well, limes.

I'm glad I could make you laugh Babette!

Try prying the oysters open from the other side of the hinge, it is so much easier.

HAHAHAHAH!! cracked me up, you did!!! Just what I needed to liven things up while at work! hhahahahah

Cool timing... I stumbled onto your blog today and I actually had oysters with fresh kalamansi juice for dinner.... yum! Great post!

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