Always shuck oysters safely
Ready, set, shuck!
Our tips on how to shuck oysters easily and safely...
First, check that the oysters are closed and unbroken (refer to Oyster Tap Test above).
Next, wash the oysters under cold tap water with a stiff brush.
Oysters are 'rock' hard (hence the name "Rock" Oyster) and come in all shapes and sizes, which can make them unpredictable to shuck. In addition, the oyster knife can be sharp; and the oyster shells can be sharp when they're whole, and sharper when/if the oyster shells break.
Almost all professional oyster shuckers can tell a story or two about a mishap that occured when they shucked 'that' oyster!
Tip: Whenever you shuck oysters, take your time, it's not a race.
Related: How to store oysters How to eat oysters
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Oysters should be closed and unbroken
Oysters may open while in transit or stored in the fridge. If any oyster has opened, simply carry out the oyster tap test.