Bivalve lovers, if you can happily slurp down a dozen oysters but don't have any idea how to get one out of its tight shell, it's high time you remedy that problem. You can't rely on the trusty knife skills of others forever -- it's just not practical. Plus, when you know how to pry one open yourself it means so many more oysters for you.
Whether you're an East Coast oyster fan or you prefer them from the Western shore, having a trusty guide to shucking your own oyster is crucial. Oysters might not be able to defend themselves with a bite, but their shells are sharp and jagged -- a bad grip on one just won't end well. Also, despite the oyster's small size, they're fiercely strong -- a battle of strength most likely won't end in your favor.
But don't let that intimidate you, shucking oysters is all about mastering the proper technique. Just follow the steps below and you'll be well on your way to putting down a dozen on the half shelf all thanks to you.