7/1/08 | Smoked Oysters
[ Currently Eating: Leftover Enchiladas ]
Heading into the long weekend, I’m going to feed your need for Gross Eats on Cheap Eats. I sincerely hope this doesn’t spoil your appetites for the upcoming BBQ I know you’ll be pigging out at. If you have an aversion to closeups of seafood, please turn away now.
I have to admit I was in a bit of an Andrew Zimmern mood as I waltzed down the aisles at Big Lots the other day. I’d avoided Ocean Prince Smoked Oysters even though I’ve seen them as cheap as 75 cents on occasion. These were marked up to a buck fifteen, but I figured it was high time I faced them down like a man. (Or woman, for those of you who keep thinking I’m a girl.)
Now, I’ve had oysters from cans before and they never look very pretty. In fact, they look downright nasty or even scary. But they’ve tasted pretty good and I usually fry ‘em up anyhow so they don’t look as bad. But I’ve never had smoked oysters before and I’ve always wondered how they differed in taste.
I took the liberty of cutting off the post here, so if you don’t wish to look at gross oyster pictures you can go ahead start the July 4 weekend. But for those with stomachs of steel, read on…
OMG. Look at those things. As I pulled the top off of the tin, even your usually stalwart Editor was a bit grossed out.
I was trying to decide if these look more like opposum kidneys, air-inflated cockroach carcasses or iguana ovaries. Hm… it’s a tossup but I think I go with the kidneys. I think the reddish hue that the oysters pick up from the smoking process actually adds to the gross-out factor. I much prefer gazing at the oysters when they’re grey in color. These looked a little too… LIVELY for my taste.
There were 11-13 smoked oysters in the can. I didn’t really count them because I was too busy spreading these out nicely on a pretty plate.
You might be thinking at this point that I gave up the ghost and resigned myself to changing the review to another Big Lots food purchase like Brooks Chili. Nope, I actually ate every single one of these bad boys right off the plate.
They were actually quite good if you didn’t look at them. I closed my eyes and savored the smoked squish of these creatures from the deep. I was thinking that these might be go better with lots and lots of cold cheap beer – maybe I’ll try that next time.
The oysters tasted a bit on the dry side even though they were packed in oil. I think maybe the smoking process does something to the texture. Otherwise they were pretty similar to normal oysters from a can. Would I buy these again? Probably not, unless it was Halloween and I wanted to scare away the little kids who keep thinking I’m some sort of Cheap Eats Ogre. Hey, 2 year old candy tastes just as good if you’re only in it for the sugar…
Price:$1.15 for 3 oz tin
Found At:Big Lots
Cheap Eats Score: 5/10