How many Oysters to Buy
The quantity of oysters needed for a cooked meal is dictated by the respective recipe. The proverbial "r-months" are irrelevant in terms of cooked oysters. Any time of the year is favorable. If buying live oysters in the shell for cooking, the shape of the shell is also not important. However, saving some of nicely shaped shells is recommended, as they can be washed (boiled) and reused for serving many kinds of oyster dishes at a later date. What does a nicely shaped oyster shell worthy of saving for future cooking adventures look like? The bottom (cupped) shell half of an Eastern or Pacific oyster should have no broken edges, be more or less oval, and - best of all - be able to sit on a plate fairly level on its own without the need to be propped up by rock salt, crushed ice, or bunched up aluminum foil.
Health advisory: There is a risk associated with consuming raw oysters or any raw animal protein. If you have chronic illness of the liver, stomach, or blood or have immune disorders, you are at greatest risk of illness from raw oysters and should eat oysters fully cooked. If you are unsure of your risk, you should consult your physician.
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