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hoosier270 May 14, 2010 12:08 PM

im coming to nola in the middle of june. if oysters are out of season what does places like acme do for oysters on the half shell?

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    hazelhurst May 14, 2010 12:40 PM

    In those years without oil slicks, the oysters still come from the Gulf...it is just that they shouldn't.

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      savory south May 16, 2010 08:15 PM

      Gulf wild reef oysters are available year round. The non R months used to find the reefs
      not harvested but short-time required refrigeration and mandated testing /HACCP certification of the oysters have it so that heat related vibrio vulnificus is not so much of an issue. LA & MS doesn't require oyster pasturization

      If it's unshucked, then it's fresh, straight from a bed (reef) to you.
      But with the char-grilled and baked oysters, sometimes their fresh shucked but most (horror of horrors!!) are actually IQF Half Shell Oysters. These are hand shucked with meat still attached to the shell and then put on a staging tray with their liquor poured over and then frozen and glazed. 12 to a tray. These can legally be called "fresh"and the biggest, peak harvest oysters.

      Now the Horizon spill may change all this...........as beds 19 & 21 got closed today.

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        hoosier270 May 18, 2010 06:33 AM

        thanks for the info

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          bgut1 Oct 5, 2010 10:26 AM

          I'm coming down in a couple of months and was wondering what type of oyster is being served at Acme and Felix's since P&J has closed.

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            Littleman Oct 5, 2010 12:29 PM

            I think P & J is open but they are getting oysters from northern suppliers.

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              bgut1 Oct 5, 2010 12:32 PM

              Sorry - I didn't mean to imply that they were out of business only that they were no longer selling/shucking gulf oysters.

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