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Grilled Oysters with a Kick

 Ingredients ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup finely chopped parsley 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon ground red pepper ½ teaspoon hot sauce 2 dozen large fresh oysters on the half shell Directions Preheat grill to 450°. Pulse first 8 ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Arrange oysters in a single layer on grill. Spoon 2 tsp. butter mixture into each oyster; grill, uncovered, 7 minutes or until edges curl.  Note: You can also broil the oysters instead of a grill isn’t available. Preheat your broiler with the oven rack 3 inches from heat. Place oysters in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan. Broil 4 minutes or until...

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It’s Cinnamon Season

We all know that the flavor of an oyster is impacted by where it is raised. But did you know that an oyster can sometimes be a different color based on where it is raised? This isn’t very common, but there are some areas where oysters will regularly take on some coloration because of the cycle of local algae. North Carolina and France both have areas where an oyster’s gills will turn green over winter because of the presence of a blue-green algae called Halsea Ostrearia. This ecological event is celebrated in France, but North Carolina is still coming to terms with it. These oysters used to be sold at a discount because people did not like the color and...

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Did You Say Oyster Nursery?

So what is an oyster nursery? It will look a bit different depending on the farm, but generally a nursery is a collection of equipment designed to make it easy to grow and manage a very large number of very small oysters in a relatively small space. In one part of our nursery, we have as many as 500,000 oysters in a land-based tank that is 10’x4’x3’ — basically the same volume of water as a large hot tub.  Having so many oysters in a relatively small space makes taking care of them easier as there all easily accessibly so can quickly clean their temporary and make sure they’re not too crowded. As Taryn likes to say, it’s like running a hostel...

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