FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true you can only eat oysters in months with an "R"?
This advice has been around a long time and appears to have its origin here in Europe when the only oyster available was the European Flat oyster (Ostrea edulis). During the summer months “without the R” when the water gets warmer these oysters ripen and reproduce and are not as good to eat and are not available for consumption as they are out of season.
The gigas oyster (Crassostrea gigas) however is not affected as the waters here in Ireland do not get warm enough for them to reproduce so they are edible all year round.
Is it true that oysters are an aphrodisiac?
Oysters have always been linked with love. When Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros, the word "aphrodisiac" was born. The dashing lover Casanova also used to start a meal eating 12 dozen oysters.
Food for Love
"Eat oysters love longer" that is what the Americans say. Deserved or not, the oyster has maintained a timeless mystique when it comes to passion. The oysters own love life is an interesting one, reproducing during the summer months and changing sex every time they do so. A single oyster can incubate up to one million larvae and may do so more than once a year.
Romance aside, oysters are a pretty healthy option for everyone - they're a valuable source of minerals, such as Zinc, calcium and copper, and are also rich in iodine and low in cholesterol. So love longer, live longer and look younger.
What is the best way to eat oysters?
The best way to enjoy the full flavour of Kelly oysters is to eat them raw served on the deep shell to hold their succulent juices. Fresh lemon juice or a drop of Tabasco sauce are often used as accompaniments. In Ireland oysters are often served with traditional brown bread and washed down with a glass of stout.
How do you store oysters?
Kelly Oysters are the freshest and finest that money can buy. All oysters should be handled and stored properly and we recommend that they be eaten as soon as possible for the best possible flavour.
DO... When the oysters arrive they can be stored in the original basket in which they have been hand-packed deep shell down and covered with fresh seaweed.
The oysters are best eaten within two to three days of arrival but if stored at a temperature of between 4 and 8°c packed in the original basket they should remain fresh for one week after delivery. If any shells are open slightly, tap sharply. Any that do not close immediately should be discarded.
DO NOT... store oysters in a sealed plastic bag or other airtight container.
DO NOT... store oysters where they could freeze, or where temperatures will fluctuate widely or in a warm place.
DO NOT... store oysters submerged in melt-ice water or other standing water.
We have harvested and collected Kelly Oysters in cold, clean, pristine water and have taken great care in our harvesting and handling practices to offer you the best oysters available anywhere. The firm meat texture and extraordinary flavour are due to a melange of factors specific to our region. Enjoy our oysters as they were intended, fresh from Galway Bay.
How do you open oysters?
|"The oyster shells are held together at the hinge (a) and are held closed by the adductor muscle (b), so to successfully open an oyster you must first break the hinge and then sever the muscle."|
You will need an oyster knife, a cloth and of course some Kelly Galway oysters.
On a solid worktop place the oyster on the cloth, deep shell down and hinge towards you. Cover your hand with the folded cloth and hold the oyster firmly. Put the tip of the knife into the crevice at the hinge, and push it in firmly. When you feel the knife has penetrated the hinge give the knife a twist to separate the shells.
Now change the position of the hand holding the oyster, and keeping the blade close to the top flat shell slide it in along to cut the muscle holding the two shells together.
Then run the knife underneath the oyster to sever the muscle from the deep shell. Then flip the oyster over in the shell put be careful not to spill any of the delicious juices.