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Oyster Guts

When I see these cooking shows on Food Network and elsewhere, they are always hyper on de-veining shrimp. I suppose it's for appearances sake.
Right down the back of a shrimp is a minuscule black thread of shrimp intestine. Well, I've never known a Southern cook to devein shrimp. After watching a chef on PBS chop up fresh clams for a recipe, I saw the clam gut sac was chopped up and used right along with everything else. Ditto with oysters.
No chef takes time to clean out the oyster gullet. In fact, it adds to the taste of the oyster. Oh Boy, a plate of oysters dipped in cornmeal and fried makes my mouth water to think of it, oyster guts and all.

Another thing that the TV chefs do that makes me cringe is to see them squeezing lemon juice through their fingers into a recipe to keep seeds out.
For Pete's sake, for a few dollars you can buy a lemon juicer that keeps the seeds contained and is much more sanitary and does a better job of it.
Speaking of sanitary, I saw on the news that a stomach virus that has caused sickness in a swath of states was caused by bagged salad (no brand name mentioned.) I used not to wash bagged salads, but will from now on.
(As you might surmise, I'm watching way too much TV these days!)
Love to everyone from susil

posted on Aug 1, 2013 11:34 AM ()


I have never been a fan of seafood, other than shrimp or crab on occasion, but I too watch cooking shows and like them a lot. And I enjoy the way you describe things. So nice that you are posting when you can.
comment by marta on Oct 5, 2013 6:42 PM ()
I'm also stumped by the idea that guts aren't as bad as dirty fingers.... ugh...
comment by jjoohhnn on Aug 4, 2013 3:40 PM ()
hate cooking shows too many of them on tv
comment by kevinshere on Aug 2, 2013 1:13 AM ()
Back east in the 70s I loved the fried clams at the stands on the beach that came with the whole stomach. Sounds gross, but deep frying cures a lot of things.
comment by troutbend on Aug 1, 2013 7:54 PM ()
Good to see you on pretty regular. I went to the ER today for an abscess on my face about the size of a golf ball.Gave me some antibiotics to take and some salve for the out side
comment by larryb on Aug 1, 2013 6:31 PM ()
GAG! I just had bagged coleslaw for lunch.
GAG! GAG! GAG! Anything's guts.
comment by nittineedles on Aug 1, 2013 6:05 PM ()
Is nothing wrong with watching television, as long as your brain doesn't start oozing out your ears (one of the things my mother use to stress upon us as kids, though I have never known that to happen to anybody I ever knew). But now I want to become an alligator hunting crab fisherman that drives an 18 wheeler on ice roads.
comment by redwolftimes on Aug 1, 2013 5:05 PM ()
I used a bagged salad yesterday. We washed it and were a little sick anyway. It might have caused it.
comment by elderjane on Aug 1, 2013 2:57 PM ()
I wouldn't know a clam gut sac if I tripped over one. But of course, I see/sea food differently...
comment by steeve on Aug 1, 2013 1:22 PM ()
Fingers touching lemon juice is worse than eating shrimp poo? I buy cooked shrimp, already cleansed. You can see if it isn't, because the black stripe would be there. The few times I have bought raw shrimp, I have deveined them with a little tool. It ain't just for looks.
comment by tealstar on Aug 1, 2013 12:43 PM ()

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