How to Shuck Oysters like Robin

How to Shuck Oysters like Robin

With over 20 years in the oyster business our founder Robin Hancock has shucked a fair few oysters in his time. As more oysters than ever are being eaten at home, he often gets asked "how to shuck oysters".  If you don't know how to open oysters safely and easily, you will in no time after watching Robin's "how to shuck" video.

You can join Robin in his family kitchen to learn more and shuck along side him in one of our oyster masterclass that are now available online!

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    How to shuck an oyster

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    Hello I'm Robin from the Wright Brother's

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    and today I'm going to show you how to shuck, or open an oyster

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    I've got some fantastic jersery oysters

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    my Wright Brother's oyster knife

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    and I've got a solid board

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    chefs tea towel.

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    Then to go with my oysters I've got lemon

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    and some hogwash which is a fantastic dressing

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    which is on the Wright Brother's website.

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    So I'm going to take an oyster

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    wrap the oyster up in the tea towel

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    have the sharp bit of the knife towards you

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    and hold the knife down the blade so you've got control

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    I've got my tea towel in case it slips

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    I'm not going to hurt myself

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    Next we are going to put the knife into the hinge

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    at a slight angle

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    and then gently push

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    and wiggle until the knife goes in

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    then we are going to give it a hard twist

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    and that's opened the hinge

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    Next I'm going to go along the top of the oyster

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    until I've cut the adductor muscle

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    and my oyster is open

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    Now I'm looking for some lovely liquor in the oyster

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    you can see that's got lovely liquor

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    And next I'm going to loosen the oyster

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    by putting my knife along the bottom of the oyster

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    and just cutting that muscle

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    and my oyster is free

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    and ready to eat

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    You can either eat the oyster just pure like that

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    or maybe with a few drops of lemon

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    and the most importnat thing is to

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    aerate the oyster when you put it in your mouth

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    and give it a good chew

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    before you swallow it

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    So here goes!

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    That's really good

  1. Protect your hand

    Place the oyster in the middle of a folded tea towel. Fold the loose end of the tea towel over the top of your hand. With the other hand you’re going to put a bit of pressure on the oyster to keep it steady.

  2. The hinge

    The hinge is the point of the shell that connects the flat top to the oyster shell. The aim is to get the tip of the knife in far enough, but not too far in that you stab the oyster.

  3. Break the hinge

    Find the entry point and then put the tip of the knife inside and apply a bit of pressure. Twist your wrist and you should hear the hinge pop and pry the top of the shell open.

    Tip: A good indicator if you've applied enough pressure is if your oyster hangs off the knife when you raise the knife up off the table.

  4. Remove the top shell

    Now you need to release the flat bit of the oyster shell away from the adductor muscle, so use the tip of the knife to lift up and with the sharp edge of your knife run it along the top of the flat shell to cut away the lid.

    Tip: Wipe your knife down before you do this so you don't get any bits of shell inside the oyster.

  5. Release the oyster

    Now all you have to do is put the tip of the knife again underneath the oyster itself and cut the bottom of the oyster adductor muscle away and then it's ready to eat.

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