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Raw Oysters On The Half Shell Are Delicious
Surprising Facts About Oysters
Scientists have proven that oysters are an aphrodisiac. Oysters contain more zinc than any other food and zinc is a key mineral for sexual health in men. Zinc deficiency in men can lead to impotence in men. Its believed that oysters like peaches, strawberries, alcohol, and chocolate can really increase your libido.
If you have a lot of oyster shells you can put them in your garden and they will benefit your garden soil because oyster shells are rich in calcium. Or you can crush your oyster shells any time you end up with them and add them to your compost bin.
And you may not know it but in modern times with freezers and refrigeration its perfectly okay to eat oysters in months with out a R in the name of the month.
A lot of the oysters being sold today are farm raised and about 85 percent of all the wild oyster reefs in the world have been lost.
It doesn't matter if you like oysters raw on the half shell, fried, in a casserole, or baked like in the recipe on this Hub Page oysters have a host of health benefits. They are packed with high levels of heart - and brain - boosting omega - 3 fatty acids.
Oysters especially farm raised oysters are at the peak of their flavor during the cooler months of the year and this is where the rumor got started that you should only eat oysters in months that have a R in the name of the month.
Did you know that American's eat over 50 million pounds of oysters every year. World wide nearly two billion pounds of oysters are eaten each and every year.
You can often buy oysters in the shell now at your local supermarket. Store your oysters in the container they come in and never cover the oysters with water. No they don't need to be in water. You should use any oysters you purchase in 24 to 48 hours for the best flavor. You can bake oysters in their shells and the oysters will open up as they cook. Don't use any oyster or oysters that don't open. A live oyster will snap its shell shut if you tap on its shell with your finger.
I really hope that there are oysters in your future real soon.
Baked Oysters Recipe
Here's a delightfully delicious recipe for Baked Oysters. You can use small Pyrex Dishes to bake your oysters in or you can bake your oysters in oyster shells that you have scrubbed and washed well.
Or you can use cute little baking dishes like in the photo above and serve the baked oysters in the little dishes setting the dish with the baked oysters in it on a napkin on a large saucer and then set a dish of baked oysters down in front of each person telling each person the dish is hot to the touch.
If you like oysters you will love these baked oysters as they are oh so delicious. And a great thing for that special dinner party you've been planning.
For your recipe you will need.
1. 1/4 Pound Of Real Butter.
2. 1 Cup Fine Chopped Celery.
3. 1 Cup Fine Chopped Onion.
4. 1 Cup Fine Chopped Green Peppers.
5. 2 Pints of Oysters.
6. 6 Hard Boiled Eggs Grated.
7. 3 Cups Large Italian Bread Crumbs.
8. 1 Cup Chicken Broth.
9. Two Tablespoons Fresh Fine Chopped Parsley
You will need extra real butter and ground cayenne pepper to top each little dish with before you bake them.
Melt your butter in a pan over low heat and add your celery , onion , and bell peppers. Cook until tender. Add your oysters and half the oyster juice to the pan. Cut up any large oysters into smaller pieces. Cook about 5-6 minutes until the oysters start to curl on the edges.
Take off the heat and add your bread crumbs , grated eggs , rest of your oyster juice , and your cup of chicken broth and stir well. Put a big cooks spoon serving into each baking dish and pat down. Place a teaspoon of real butter and a sprinkle of ground cayenne pepper on top of each baking dish and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree pre-heated oven. Serve at once. And people will wonder how you ever packed that much flavor into that little dish. Garnish with slices of fresh lemon slices and fresh parsley.
Make An oyster Casserole
You can make a oyster casserole out of this recipe by spraying a 9" X 13" casserole dish with vegetable coating spray and then fill the casserole dish with the ingredients. This casserole is made all over North and South Carolina and people just love it. I know I do.