Following is the records of the video.

David Anderson: “ Wan na understand a trick? This oyster I will consume might still live! So, why do we do this?”

Many people believe it’s a food security concern. Keep the oyster alive as long as possible, to lower the danger of bacterial contamination. And there is a bit of fact to that. Oysters can bring a frightening flesh-eating germs called vibrio vulnificus. You can get it from oysters or from swimming in warm brackish water. However let’s put that into point of view.

Julie Qiu: “The danger of facing a bad oyster is lower than individuals believe it is. My greatest animal peeve is that individuals go bananas over one bad oyster however they do not actually care that numerous countless pounds of lettuce are polluted with salmonella”

About 100 individuals pass away from vibrio infections(consisting of from vibrio vulnificus) each year, about 450 pass away from salmonella. Plus, the FDA needs that oyster farms need to evaluate water quality prior to sending out oysters out to markets and dining establishments. Which is essential, since oysters are filter feeders. They absorb essentially anything that remains in the water around them– consisting of feces which can originate from rain overflow.

However there’s a smart method to inspect if your oysters are great.

Julie Qiu: “something that you can request for is a shellfish tag, which every seller or dining establishment is needed to have for every bag of oysters that they buy for as much as 90 days after they make that purchase. So that tag, if they do not have it, do not consume those oysters.”

This tag is a method for dining establishments to track where and when their oysters were farmed. Qiu states that she looks for the most current dates on the tag. Anything even more out than 2 weeks will not taste as great and increases the danger of a bad oyster.

Some chefs might take a look at you amusing for requesting the paperwork, however it’s a method that obviously works.

Julie Qiu: “I have actually had countless oysters and never ever had a bad one”

Okay terrific, so essentially, oysters are safe, why in the world are they in some cases alive when we consume them ??

Julie Qiu: “You actually desire your raw shellfish to be actually fresh and the best you can get is something that is just recently eliminated, so it returns to not just the food security however the real taste and texture is going to be far exceptional when it’s a fresh oyster.”

So yeah, newly eliminated oysters taste much better. And it’s tough to inform precisely when an oyster passes away, since prior to it’s served, it’s shucked. It’s not a mild procedure. Shucking includes separating the oyster’s kidnapper muscle from the shell. This muscle provides the oyster control over opening and closing its shell. Comparable to how your spine assists you move. So, severing the their kidnapper muscle is practically like severing your spinal column. Yikes.

The majority of dining establishments in the United States keep their oysters alive– on ice– up till this shucking procedure, which later on, either leaves the oyster dead, or stable. Considering that they do not move much in the very first location, it’s challenging to inform which.

So you’re consuming an oyster that was either simply eliminated or is passing away. Which appears quite terrible, best? However thinking about that the oyster’s biology is extremely primitive, it’s possible they may not even feel discomfort at all.

Julie Qiu: “They do not have a brain, they’re not actually processing discomfort the exact same method the exact same method we are feeling so I do not believe they’re feeling discomfort the exact same method we are thinking about it.”

So actually, it depends on you. If you do not wish to consume oysters, that’s fine. If you do, you’ll be far from the very first.

Julie Qiu: “It is among the couple of foods that have actually not altered for thousands and countless years so having the ability to value that is something that’s actually unique and exceptional and something that must be commemorated for what it is.”

To learn more about oysters from Qiu, have a look at her blog site In A Half Shell or follow her on Instagram