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Need to Knows Before Eating Oysters

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Belonging to the phylum Mollusca family of invertebrates, Oysters are an acquired taste and are considered a delicacy, particularly in France. Oysters are tasty and nutritious, but there are a few things you should review before adding them to your diet. 

Understanding the anatomy of oysters and their water-filtering process is crucial before indulging in these delectable treats. If mishandled, oysters can pose a higher risk. However, rather than being deterred by these risks, embracing oysters can be an extraordinary culinary adventure with the right precautions. Dive into the world of oysters, and let's explore all you need to know about enjoying them safely and deliciously.

Tips for Sourcing

First, only source oysters from approved suppliers to ensure they are harvested from clean waters. It is best to buy from a supplier specializing in shellfish, such as a fish market or an oyster farmer, rather than a supermarket. Oysters from these supply routes are usually fresher and are easier to trace. 

Tips For Storing

It is essential to store the oysters correctly for maximum taste and freshness. Once bought, put them directly in the fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Ensure any shells are closed, and be wary that they absorb intense flavors. After purchase, keep the oysters in the fridge for no longer than a week. Oysters have a neutral mineral smell; as soon as this turns foul, the oyster is spoiled. 

Nutritious Benefits

Oysters are a powerful nutritious food source. They have a high content of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds. Some of these include: 

  • Protein: Oysters are an excellent source of high-quality protein. They contain all the essential amino acids needed by the human body, making them a valuable protein source for tissue repair, growth, and overall health.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Oysters are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, these are beneficial for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation in the body.

  • Low in Calories: Oysters are relatively low in calories and fat, making them a great choice for those watching their calorie intake while still enjoying a flavorful and nutrient-dense food.

How To Eat Oysters

There are plenty of different ways to eat and add oysters to your recipes. For a quick way to enhance the flavor of your oysters, for example, simply add lemon juice to the shells. They also can be matched with different types of alcohol, with champagne and oysters being the most popular combination. 

Raw Oysters

Many people suggest eating oysters raw for the best experience. In this case, you only need to put your lips up to the shell and tip the oyster in your mouth. Just make sure to loosen the meat with a small fork before you do so. 

If you have any doubts as to whether the oyster is fresh, refrain from eating it. Consuming spoiled oysters is extremely risky, mainly when they are raw. Also, do not eat an oyster if its shell has any cracks or damaged areas or if the meat has taken a green or brownish hue.  

How to Cook Oysters

There are more ways to cook oysters than you might imagine. When using oysters to cook, try to experiment with several types of oysters to find which one you like best. Here are suggestions to get you started when cooking oysters:

  • Fried: Whether you bread and fry them or just use a small amount of cornstarch, remove the oyster from its shell and fry for around a minute on each side. Frying gives oysters a crispy skin to complement their smooth center.

  • Grilled: People often coat their oysters in garlic butter and grill them for a more aromatic taste. Just remember you shuck the oyster first. 

  • Poached: Poaching is a popular method of cooking oysters, with some even saying it is the method that suits the food best and is probably the healthiest method of cooking.

If you are consuming oysters for the first time, start with a small amount. They are one of the most common allergens, and allergic reactions to them can vary from slight reactions to anaphylaxis. 

Start Enjoying Oysters

As we conclude this journey through the fascinating world of oysters, it's clear that appreciating these delectable delicacies requires both knowledge and a sense of adventure. With newfound insights into oyster anatomy, preparation, and safe consumption, you're well-equipped to savor these ocean gems. So, why not embark on your oyster adventure at the Oyster Bar, nestled within the Naxos Taverna at the Red Rock Casino? There, you'll discover a haven for oyster enthusiasts, where culinary excellence meets a captivating ambiance. Don't hesitate to indulge your taste buds in the finest oyster experience – make your way to Oyster Bar and let your seafood journey begin.