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Fresh oysters are delicious with simple presentations such as a mignonette. A classic enhancement to the pure, briny flavor of fresh oysters, the OLD BAY and Pernod in this variation add celery seed and fennel flavor to the bright acidity of the shallots and vinegar, bringing new flavor dimension to the raw preparation.
On Choosing Fresh Oysters: Make sure all the oysters are completely closed; if they are beginning to show a gap, they are dying. If you open an oyster and it isn't full of liquor, it has been sitting on the shelf for a while. If you tap two oysters together and hear a distinct knocking sound, one or both are dying. Finally, if you pick up a bag of oysters and hear a lot of hollow sounds, a portion of that bag is already past its expiration date.