Preparing Fresh Oysters, Isle of Skye

Preparing Fresh Oysters, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on a ‘new find’, the Oyster Bar which is located near to Talisker Distillery on the banks of Loch Harport, Isle of Skye. 

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

In course of a recent visit to Talisker Distillery my tour guests noticed a sign to the Oyster Bar so we followed the round and were pleasantly surprised to find fresh oysters together with a warm welcome. One of my guests indulged in a helping of fresh, raw oysters there and then. In addition to oysters visitors can also purchase other sea food such as scallops, mussels, crab, salmon and trout.

Isle of Skye Oyster Bar

Isle of Skye Oyster Bar

The proprietor has been in business for 25 years and farms some 2.0m oysters.

Isle of Skye Oyster Bar

Isle of Skye Oyster Bar

Here are instructions on how to open an oyster ( as provided by Isle of Skye Oysters):

With the flat side uppermost and the hinge towards you an oyster knife is inserted between the two halves of the shell, close to the hinge and twisted to break the hinge and lever the oyster open. The knife is then used to sever the adductor muscle at its point of attachment to first the flat half of the  shell, then the cupped half, and the meat removed. If the meat is to be served on the half shell, the detached meat is turned over, cleared of any shell fragments, and left in the cupped half along with the natural fluid.

Consider serving oysters raw on the half shell with lemon and Tabasco being optional.

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