How To Open Oysters




Always shuck oysters safely

Follow our top tips on how to 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!
We want everyone to be able to shuck oysters safely.

With that in mind, we recommend that you use a specialist quality Wusthof Oyster Knife to shuck oysters, and wear the advanced Honeywell Chainmail Glove for full hand protection. See How To Shuck Oysters
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.
Oyster tap test

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Usually oyster shells are closed, however, oysters can open their shells while in transit or stored.

For any oyster that has opened it's shells, simply 
tap it firmly on the bench, and it should close. If the oyster shells close when tapped, that's means it's live and fine to eat.

Discard any oyster that doesn’t close it's shells when tapped, or that has a broken or cracked shell.