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tigahfan747
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Eating oysters “out of season”
Do you do it? I always say that if a restaurant is serving them, then I am good to eat them.


AUCE05
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
No. I value my GI tract.


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vuvuzela
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
I eat them year round


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Mo Jeaux
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
I generally will eat them year round.


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t00f
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
don't eat raw during the summer but they mitigate the bacteria to make them safe.

I still don't eat them during warm season.


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LSUballs
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
Had 4 dozen this weekend. They're safe. Just not as fat and salty. Tend to chargrill more in the summer


mylsuhat
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
The "Month with an R" is not really a thing any more due to much better refrigeration
This post was edited on 6/9 at 2:23 pm


jfw3535
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
I've always eaten them year round. I never knew if the months with "R" thing was from the old days when refrigeration was iffy or if somehow during the summer the waters were warmer and more likely to cause bacteria to grow in the oysters. I always assumed it was the refrigeration thing and that it wasn't an issue in these times.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
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The "Month with an R" is not really a thing any more due to much better refrigeration



It's not just the refrigeration. They had that for many decades now.

It's more the temperature of the water in summer months with oysters getting lean, less salty and I find them often having a slight metallic taste.

So no, I don't eat oysters in the summer months. There's a reason they taste much better in the cooler months, and that's when I'm eating them.


Ham And Glass
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
My Aunt from NO always said, "If the pool's open, Oyster season is closed." (and she said OySHter)


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lsumailman61
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
Oysters are always in season now. The R month applies to wild oysters that reproduce in Summer so it creates a chalky and flaccid oyster. Farm raised oysters do Not reproduce so the meats stay fat year round. Also Refridgeration has curtailed the myths.


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TigerstuckinMS
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
They're usually fine unless you're eating them from downstream of a sewage dump. The beds are regularly tested for bacteria, so you've gotta be unlucky these days to get sick.

The bigger issue is that their texture gets kind of yech during the spawn during that time of year.


rebel cat
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
If they serve them, I'll eat them.


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Kim Jong Ir
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
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The bigger issue is that their texture gets kind of yech during the spawn during that time of year.


Yep.


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finchmeister08
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
i was told the "Month with an R" rule only applied to pre-refrigeration time periods. everyone, or mostly everyone, eats them year round. i grew up with the R rule though so they're a winter treat for me.


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fastedLSU
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
Refrigeration is pretty good these days. Eat them year round.


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Darla Hood
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
But are the waters really cooler in September than in May or June? Serious question, not a smart arse one.


gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
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But are the waters really cooler in September than in May or June? Serious question, not a smart arse one.


Probably not, and that is why I don't eat them until the weather really cools---like November-April. Months with an "R" is a general guideline, not a hard and fast rule.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
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(and she said OySHter)


I once worked with a guy who always called them "Erstas".

He'd also say it was time for him to get an "Earl Change" in his car and when he was done, he'd wash his hands in the "Zink".



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shawnlsu
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re: Eating oysters “out of season”
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Tend to chargrill more in the summer

That's what oysters are for anyway


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