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.
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.
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