How to shuck our oysters

One of the reasons that people rave about our oysters is that they have never tasted oysters as fresh. At the Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed the oysters are harvested from the sea daily, shucked and served deliciously fresh. You can buy oysters live from the shed and take them home and shuck them yourself. Here is how to do it!

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Step 1. You will need an oyster shucking knife.  Place the oyster on a non-slip surface, for example a wooden board, it is a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands. With the flat side of the oyster up, point the oyster towards you.  Place the tip of the knife where the top shell and bottom shell join close to the abductor muscle. See image below.

Step 2. Whilst applying firm pressure twist the knife gently to separate the top and bottom shells. When opened sufficiently slide the knife in and separate the top shell from the muscle. This will allow you to remove the top shell.

Step 3. Turn the oyster around and cut the muscle away from the cupped shell. This will then allow you to turn the oyster meat over, which is the best way to present the oyster.