Did you ever wonder what would have happened if Pistol had eaten a bad oyster before he challenged Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor? The phrase, “The world’s mine oyster,” would have never been born. The dream of endless possibility and boundless optimism would have been lost forever.
But how could Pistol have known how to identify and buy fresh oysters in the shell? We brought our team at Tommy’s Seafood together to create this guide to ensure that you and/or any other Shakespearean hero buys only the freshest.
Before you start shucking any oysters, here’s what you need to look for:
Shucked fresh and served up raw, oysters are a culinary delight. However, once you freeze an oyster, you can’t eat it raw because the freezing process kills it. If you don’t happen to live five minutes from the coast, there are still endless ways to enjoy cooked oysters. Check out some of our favorite recipes here.
To determine if the frozen oyster meat is fresh, ask these questions:
As you source your seafood, it is important to ask about how the food was harvested. At Tommy’s Seafood, all of our seafood is harvested with sustainable processes to ensure that we care for the natural habitats around us. Whether you are enjoying fresh oysters in the shell at a local raw bar by the sea or ordering them to serve as the specialty of the day at your restaurant, please ask about how the food was caught. When the world is our oyster, we need to make sure that we take care of this precious gift.