Raw, fried, baked, stuffed or made into a sandwich, oysters are always satisfying. The bivalves are available all year, but they're best eaten in the colder months from September to April. While a long-standing myth says oysters should not be eaten during months that do not contain an "R" (May through August), oysters generally are thin in the summer because they devote their energy to reproducing.
When buying oysters, avoid ones that are open or don't close right away after you lightly tap them on a surface. That means the oysters are dead. Make sure live oysters smell like the sea (or whatever body of water they were harvested from). If you don't know how to shuck an oyster, check out Kenji's video on the topic.
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What's your favorite way to eat oysters?