So I totally tried oysters on the summer getaway we took last week. If you missed part one, catch up here. Aside from my least favorite oyster eating experience, we really ate some treats! Skip ahead if you want to read about how much I hated the oysters, the rest of this is about the actually yummy food we ate!
I have a clip with us eating oysters that will be on my Youtube channel next Tuesday. Subscribe to it here. My new schedule is posted in my side bar to the right. It means a new Youtube video every Tuesday at 2pm and a new blog post every Friday at 10am! Fingers crossed.
Not only did we have the best time visiting my grandparents, we had the best fresh foods while we were there. It was a real treat for us. Kevin has never had anything but buffet crab legs so catching and eating fresh ones was such a fun experience.
On our first day of crabbing we caught quite a few crabs but only 4 met the requirements to take home. That ended up being perfect for the four of us since Dungeness crabs are so large. My grandpa taught my husband how to de-shell and clean the crabs so we could toss them in the hot pot to boil. Once they were cooked (a quick 12 minutes) they were put on ice until we got home.
That night we so enjoyed the crabs, my husband and I dipped the meat in butter and Old Bay. That with some corn on the cob and zucchini was the perfect end to a day on the boat! Old Bay is one of my favorite seasonings for corn on the cob too, so if you haven’t tried it you really need too!
Fresh dungoness crab on our second night there was amazing. But the real treat were the crab cakes they made for us the night before. We are going to have to have a go at the recipe they sent us home with (and the extra crab meat!).
I saved the shells hopefully for Christmas ornaments. Does that sound crazy to you? Then you probably aren’t from Maryland. Everyone from MD has painted blue crab shells on their Christmas trees.
The Oyster Debacle
I’m still contemplating why on Earth I thought it was a good choice to try an oyster, when I knew I would hate it. Any of my friends and family growing up know how finicky an eater I used to be. But when in Rome… I decided to try an oyster. It makes me gag just thinking about it.
On Thursday morning we gathered our oysters. It was mucky but pretty cool to see them and where they live. At this point in the day I was 100% interested in trying an oyster. We brought back over 2 dozen fresh oysters. After what felt like hours of washing and shucking them it was time to prepare them.
Here you can see how happy I was to be shucking oysters. It was hard work but rewarding when you opened them up to see the insides.
The first batch my grandpa breaded and fried, the second they roasted in the oven. The fried ones weren’t too bad. I could’ve been fooled into believing they were fish sticks because they tasted just like them. Then came the straight oyster meat. My grandma had me douse it in hot sauce before I ate it. As soon as I put it in my mouth I knew I had messed up.
Guys, it was horrible. If it were just Kevin and I, I would’ve 110% spit it out, but the grandparents were watching! So as I tried to choke it down, a muscle-y piece got stuck on my tooth and it wouldn’t go down the hatch. It was basically my worst food nightmare. I had to choke that nasty thing down. The rest of the day I felt sick to my stomach and could taste the oyster/saltwater shenanigans in the back of my throat.
So props to you if you enjoy that, but I am clearly not cut out for oyster eating. I feel nauseous just thinking about consuming them raw. Two pats on the back for you folks that like that. Atleast the view from oyster picking was beautiful.
Back to the Good Stuff
We got to enjoy a ton of fresh strawberries grown right in my grandparent’s backyard. I love fresh fruits and veggies, so picking tons of strawberries was right up my ally. Unfortunately it’s not quite blackberry season because they grow like weeds around here.
They also grilled for us and cooked amazing foods. Crab cakes on the first night were AMAZING. We also ate pork loin and salmon on the grill while we were visiting. In true Washington fashion, we enjoyed Tillamook ice cream at the end of the day. My grandparents truly spoiled us with amazing food and cheese everyday. It was quite the vacation.
What is truly the worst thing you’ve ever eaten? Leave me a comment below. Oysters easy made it to the top of my list.