January 12, 2015

Oregon Oyster Farms

Can you guess where I am?

I know. Already, I'm back in Oregon. Last time I was here, I briefly mentioned getting oysters at one of Oregon's best oyster farms. I was dying to share this place with you all, so when I heard we were going to be driving up again, I grabbed my camera and whizzed on over to Oregon Oyster Farms.

We drove from Eugene to Newport, mostly snoozing until we saw the shore lined with mountains of oyster shells. So many shells that they looked like white rocks.

As soon as you turn the corner on the 20, you're met with a small building standing on its own. It calls you in with the promise of delicious oysters and the smell of the bay charging through your car windows.

Once you're there, jump out and walk down the dock and into their store. Take your pick off the menu and dive in! You can buy a shucking knife there if you need one. And if you're in need of some help (as you'll see later on), they're more than willing to give you a quick tutorial.

The petite oysters are the best if you're getting fresh oyster meat. If you're going for fresh in the shell, you can choose either petite or Kumomoto. The difference is that the petite oysters are oysters that are older, but don't get any bigger than what would be considered petite. Kumomoto, on the other hand, are all young oysters. So they're small because they're young and fresh and so lip smackingly good.

And this is coming from someone who isn't a big fan of oysters!

Grab your share and head on outside where they have a table that you can shuck oysters on. Be careful, there are shells everywhere!

This is where they collect the oysters, I think.

I could hear the clanging of something that sounded like rocks streaming through a collection system. Is that weirdly specific? Maybe. But I'm pretty sure that's where they pull up their oysters.

We enjoyed the views for a bit while my sister and I worked up an appetite being silly. Naturally.

Our very own Oregon Oyster Farms shucking knife! 

My sister tried her hand at shucking the oysters based on a video she had seen online...

...but the people inside saw our struggles and came outside to give us our own tutorial. 

The key?

Use a towel so that you don't accidentally cut yourself. And cut in from the back. Unhinge the shell and slice your way through. Cut the muscle from the shell, and bottoms up!

What can beat this? Dining on oysters on the bay, on a ridiculously beautiful day.

The regular meat isn't as good as shucking the shells yourself, but it is a whole lot easier to eat. 

Then we were off! Down the coast to run into more adventures.

There were way too many photos for one post, so I'll show you what we got into next time!

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  1. love the photos! I've never had oysters before!


  2. OMG LOVE! We had an oyster bar at our wedding. I'm obsessed!

  3. Yummy! The pictures are so lovely! I wonder how you make your pics appear so crisp even though you upload them directly through blogger (?). Mine usually get butchered when I try that! I would really appreciate some tips although I can understand if you don't want to give away your tricks. ;)

  4. Honestly, they're a love or hate sort of thing. The texture is kind of difficult to get used to, but people who love oysters are all about that oyster life~

  5. So fancy!!! I don't typically like oysters, but these were just..guh, so good. SO GOOD.

  6. Thank you!! And haha, Blogger does have a tendency to hate on my photos. I have been meaning to switch over to Flickr but I'm just so lazy. As far as my photos, I just sharpen them a bit in Photoshop & save as .png :) Otherwise, I do all the normal things when uploading!

  7. Ah, thank you! I guess that's the difference, then. I usually save as jpg so my images load faster. :)

  8. Definitely try out .png! The file size isn't terribly different from .jpg (from my experience, anyway) and it preserves the quality of the photo, which is super important to me.

  9. I already did when I started my blog and I switched to jpg for the sole reason that my blog was loading slowly if my posts were picture heavy. I notice it on your blog that it takes over 10 seconds to load the full post for the first time and I don't really want that because it really turns off new readers. :/ A while ago I switched to flickr and it's been okay since then. I just wish png wouldn't take ages to load, especially for people with lower bandwidth. x(

  10. Haha, to each their own! I'm a .png stan, but who knows. I may start using JPEGs in the future.


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