How to Shuck Oysters
Scrub oysters under cold running water with a stiff brush. Place oysters on a tray and refrigerate for 1 hour. They will be easier to open.
Protect your hands by wrapping the oyster, bigger shell down, in a clean kitchen towel with the hinge facing out. Keep oyster level to avoid losing any juice. Insert an oyster knife next to hinge.
Twist the knife until you hear a snap to pry shells open.
Slide the knife along the top shell to cut the oyster loose. Discard the top shell.
Slide knife between oyster and the bottom shell to release it. If serving in the shell, discard any bits of shell particles. If cooking shucked oysters, strain juice.