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How to Clean an Oyster

Learn how to clean oysters in this Howcast food video with Chef Brendan McDermott.


So, the first thing you want to do when you get your oysters, is you want to clean them. They tend to be really sandy, kind of dirty and gritty. And if you're going to be eating them out of the hard shell, you really don't want to get all that dirt and shell and stuff all over your mouth, so it's kind of gross.

What we want to do is, we actually really want to get them clean. And the procedure for doing that, is to make sure that you run them under some cold water, and really just get either a nice little scrub brush or a sponge or something like that, like a rough sponge, and really give it a good rub down with some cold water. And really try and get into those cracks, and really get everything nice and clean.

After you're done cleaning them up, you just want to keep a little bowl of ice or something next to you, so that when you're done cleaning them, you can soak them in there and just let them sit on top of the ice. Make sure they stay nice and cold.

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