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FAQs About Shellfish Cooking Racks (Links to: Racks, Shucking, Grilling)

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What problem do Shellfish Cooking Racks solve?
Oysters shells are oddly shaped and do not sit upright on any flat surface such as a typical grill grid. Oysters, mussels, and clams tend to roll over and spill the oyster liquor and sauce. The shape and texture of the Shelfish Cooking Rack solves that problem by holding oysters/mussels/clams upright no matter how oddly shaped their shells are.
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How are the Shellfish Cooking Racks made and who makes them?
I make the Shelfish Cooking Racks from previously manufactured, heat-treated, Weber stainless-steel grilling grids. I drill and install 172 stainless steel screws to hold the shellfish upright. Then I weld on stainless steel handles. Shelfish Cooking Racks are 100 percent stainless steel.
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Screws? Do Shellfish Cooking Racks have sharp edges?
The stainless steel "Tek" screws have sharp edges; however, I spend a good amount of time dulling the sharp edges of the screws. Use caution when handling the Shellfish Cooking Rack to prevent being poked by the screws!
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How much does a Shellfish Cooking Rack weigh?
Each one weighs 3.25. The shipping weight with the box is approximately 4 pounds.
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How long will a Shellfish Cooking Rack last with "normal" use?
Your Shelfish Cooking Rack will last many years, or indefinitely, with normal use. Stainless steel does not rust or corrode, but it will become discolored with burned on food.
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Can I place it directly in hot charcoal?
The base grid from which the racks are made is heat treated stainless steel, made for use in high temperatures conditions. However, do not place the grill directly in hot charcoal because could turn red hot, become weakened.
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How do I care for the Shellfish Cooking Rack?
After using the Shelfish Cooking Rack, spray it off using high-pressure water nozzle, or brush off any debris using a stainless steel bristled brush. Or you can run your grill through your dishwasher. The grills are dishwasher-safe.
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How many oysters will fit on a Shellfish Cooking Rack?
A Shelfish Cooking Rack will accommodate up to two dozen or more medium-sized oysters, up to 3 dozen small oysters, or a dozen and a half large oysters. Be aware that oyster sizing isn't an exact science.
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Have any more questions?
Give me a call: 707-481-0128
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FAQs about Opening and Storing Oysters (Links to: Racks, Shucking, Grilling)

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I've got some oysters in the shell. Where do I start?
Oysters in the shell should only be consumed if they are alive. Live oysters are tightly closed. If you see an oyster that is slightly open, tap it. If it snaps shut, it is okay. If it doesn't close, it's dead and should be discarded.
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Should I wash the oysters ?
Oysters are washed at the farm before they are sold; however, it's a good idea to wash them again before you open them. This will help you avoid getting mud or other debris into the open oysters. I always use a sprayer and work in a bucket so avoid getting mud and other debris down my drain pipes.
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What's the recommended best way to shuck oysters?
There are several ways to shuck (open) oysters. Here is one of them. While opening the oyster, try not to spill the oyster liquor (the liquid inside the oyster). The oyster liquor is an important part of the experience of eating oysters raw or BBQed.

  1. Insert the tip of your oyster knife between the shells on the pointed end to penetrate the ligament.
  2. After penetrating the ligament, give you knife a twist to pry the top and bottom shells apart.
  3. Carefully slip your knife back into the shell and cut the abductor muscle that hold the shells closed, and then lift off the top shell.
  4. You may see some shell debris on the bottom shell. Be sure to remove it with the tip of your knife.
  5. Slide your knife under the oyster to cut the abductor muscle on the bottom shell.
  6. Gently run your knife around the oyster to make sure that it moves around on the shell freely.
  7. Place your newly opened oyster in a rack/grill. Find the best position to keep it from tipping and spilling its contents.
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FAQs about BBQing Oysters (Links to: Racks, Shucking, Grilling)

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How do I BBQ, grill or bake oysters?

  1. As you open your oysters, place them on your grill that is sitting on a 1/2 sheet pan. There will be a sweet spot among the screws where the oyster will sit securely upright.
  2. When your grill is full of oysters, add 1/2 to 1 tsp of sauce to each oyster.
  3. Next, place the grill on your BBQ/grill, or in your oven.
    Note:
    For baking oyster in the oven, leave the rack/grill on the 1/2 sheet pan to prevent spillage inside your oven.
  4. In 5 to 15 minutes, the oysters begin to bubble and sizzle. The amount of time it takes for each oyster to cook depends on its size and shell thickness. Small oysters will cook much faster than larger ones.
  5. When the oyster is bubbling, remove it from the grill and place it on a 1/2 sheet pan.
  6. Serve the oysters right from the grill on the pan.
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