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How to Clean Oyster Shells

Oysters are high in minerals and vitamins, low in cholesterol and after all they are delicious. Choosing the right oysters are as vital as cleaning and preparing them. Oysters which smell sweet like sea and fresh should be chosen. With a bit of patience and care, oysters shells can be cleaned properly. Always use an oyster shucking knife before you begin your cleaning processes. This article deals with various ways to clean oyster shells, read on for more information.

How to Clean Oyster Shells

Ways to Clean Oyster Shell

The following are a few ways to clean oyster shell:

  • You can put live oysters in refrigerator for not more than seven days.
  • They should not be placed inside a plastic or in water as they can kill them.
  • Always cover oysters with a towel until ready to use.
  • Wear gloves on your hands and get a stiffed bristled brush.
  • Take a stiffed bristled brush and clean the outer shell of oysters and rinse with clean water.
  • Place them on a clean towel.
  • Hold the oyster in one hand with the flat side up.
  • Place your sharpened knife in between the shells next to the hinge and twist the blades to open the shell apart.
  • Run the knife tip around the shell and twist until you reach the other end of the shell.
  • Be careful while opening the shell as it will open with sudden jerk and can cause injury to you.
  • Remove the meat of oyster from the shells and keep aside.
  • Take some warm soapy water and scrub the inside of the shells with this solution.
  • Now, rinse well with water.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of bleach and mix in 1 gallon of water. Place oyster shells in this solution and leave them to soak for at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse shells with clean cool water and thoroughly clean the bleach solution.
  • With a soft towel, hand dry shells and leave it for air dry.

The above are a few ways to clean oyster shells. Cold oysters are easy to shuck and to retain the freshness and taste of oysters, shuck them no more than 2 hours before you serve. Oyster knife should always be used to shuck the shells.


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