Oysters safe to eat?

Jun 29th, 2004, 07:35 PM
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thanks for the url, Budman, it sounds like a place, I'd love.
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Jun 29th, 2004, 07:49 PM
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joannapv, after all that spat and spit I venture a partial answer to your question at the risk of being toasted by the oyster queens.

I have never been to Moran's but in my experience, an oyster is safe unless it is sweet. You'll know immediately so spit it out if it is off. Ask for a replacement.

One of the cases of food poisoning I had in Europe was from a dish of coquilles St. Jacques in France. It came up and was a mess that night in my hotel bathroom, followed by a miserable couple of days getting over it.

Contrary to m kingdom2, I swirl them around in my mouth and rush them through my teeth. Enjoy that flavor for as long as you can. Rinse with chilled neat vodka.


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Jun 29th, 2004, 11:16 PM
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Now I come from a place where there are excellent rock oysters. With oysters I simply go by smell as I do with mussles. Hmm .. Two months ago I went to Legal Seafoods Copley Centre and Skipjacks in Boston. I thought Legal was a fairly high standard for a chain and probably better overall for both mixed oysters and the stuffed lobster compared to a similar meal at Skipjack. The story of Legal is quite interesting. It was a bit too cold to venture down to the wharf area at the time but it appears from what some of the locals told me, there must be specialty oyster venues down there. Now just switching back to Europe for a moment, what are the oysters and crustaceans like around the Cinque Terre - Portofino areas of the Ligurian coast ?
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Jun 30th, 2004, 01:23 AM
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I don't like seafood but I have worked in many seafood restaurant in college (even in Boston!)many yeas ago.

I think as a rule the closer to the sea the fresher the seafoos...an oyster place in Kansas would be suspicious to me but Galway....half the county is by the sea and yeas it safe to eat them.
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Jun 30th, 2004, 04:01 AM
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Hi all,

There is another reason why one doesn't eat oysters in months without an R; it's the breeding season.

If you harvest the adult oysters before the new spats have properly set, you will run out of oysters in a relatively short time.
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Jun 30th, 2004, 06:00 AM
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correct ira. the only time not to eat oysters is when there is whats known as a "Red Tide", ask them in the restaurant and they will be able to tell you. I've done my research on you budman, you're quite privee to a bit of advertising yourself! that's according to your beliefs
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Jun 30th, 2004, 06:23 AM
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From "fer" down on the "eastern shore" of Maryland, I learned that Ira is right...that's why the Chessie's aren't harvested from May through August...
I just adore those beauties raw...
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Jun 30th, 2004, 09:36 AM
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Hi

They are available year round here from Etang de Thau.

They are also extremely cheap at between Euro3 - 4 per dozen !

If you picnic at the markets they will even open them for you.

More about it here :

"Bar Patropi, Sommieres : Limited menu, pub food. But recommended for Saturdays (market day). Rather unusual picnic format ! Order drinks, ask for (free) knives and a plate. Then buy food from the surrounding market stalls (seafood, takeaway Asian / Creole food, Bread, Fruit, Cheese). The "oyster man" will open your oysters and arrange them on the plate while you buy the rest of the ingredients. Need to get a table early in summer - say before 12.00. The wine is cheap, as are the oysters."

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Jun 30th, 2004, 09:49 AM
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thanks Peter, I've written that down in case we pass nearby . In Brittany, the Belon oysters in Belon at Chez jacki were superb.
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Jun 30th, 2004, 03:17 PM
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WOW i hope you answer my scheduling questions the way you did the oyster question - seriously I adore oysters and have eaten them here, there and every where - however, after going through chemo and a depressed immune system i was a little nervous - I will go for it thought!! Joanna
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Jun 30th, 2004, 03:24 PM
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joannapy, I wish you well and and a future of health improvements. Have a wonderful vacation. Oysters are also farm bred so available all year all over the world.
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Jun 30th, 2004, 03:26 PM
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If you still have a depressed immune system, I'd recommend consulting your doctor on this matter, if you were to become ill from an oyster - it's not such a wonderful experience to suffer for. Hopefully you are full recovered now and will be able to enjoy your Irish holiday with oysters.
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Jun 30th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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Thank you all...I have eaten oysters since the chemo no problem and as suggested they are fresh no problem - Joanna
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Jul 1st, 2004, 11:29 AM
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This was an interesting read, I must say~ How does one manage to insult people over an oyster? utterly absurd, says I~

So does the R in the month really have anything to do with oysters these days? since we can get food from anywhere in the world anytime?



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Jul 1st, 2004, 11:39 AM
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Today, I would eat only raw oysters from the small bays in the Pacific NW (and I live "sometimes" in Dallas) - never from the Gulf (raw), nor MD, and my parents had a house on the Chester River on the Eastern Shore X from Chestertown for many years.
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I have no knowledge of the UK, Ireland and Scotland.
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Jul 1st, 2004, 11:49 AM
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>So does the R in the month really have anything to do with oysters these days? since we can get food from anywhere in the world anytime?<

If you are getting farm-raised oysters it really doesn't matter, except that they don't taste as good as the wild ones.
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Jul 1st, 2004, 02:14 PM
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Thank you, ira
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Aug 6th, 2005, 01:47 PM
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I'm on the East Coast in Canada ..Prince Edward Island. Where I am we don't have the problem of red tide. I grew up around oysters and seafood all my life. If you have concerns when your eating at a restaurant anywhere in the world ask if the oysters are from a registered seafood business, when I say this especially in Canada, it means the oysters have been tested by the Canadian food and drug department and if a canadian company is shipping to the USA they must be tested by the USA Food and Drug Dept.
If oysters don't pass inspection, plant gets closed down for a determined amount a time til they meet requirements from govt.
I agree with others if it smells bad it is if its dried out its bad...oysters keep for a couple of months in a fridge or cool storage area.
Oysters always yummy!
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Aug 6th, 2005, 04:24 PM
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We were served raw oysters with our Guinness in the Blue Haven in Kinsale in OctobeR. They slid down quite nicely with no ill after-effects. My husband, who does not care for raw seafood, tried some and lived to tell the tale. We passed by Moran's at the wrong time of day, will have to go back or else go to Boston!
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