2 Dozen Aunt Dotty Oysters from Saquish, MA
Are you new to eating oysters at home? If so, we think it's time to put another badge on your sash - oyster shucking. This package is for everyone who is bi-valve curious but shucking shy and comes with just 2 dozen Aunt Dottys, a pair of shucking gloves and our recycled ocean-plastic shucking knife.
Opening an oyster is actually quite easy when you have the right tools and the right teachers. Each box comes with detailed shucking instructions to show you the way. You'll master it, we promise. Before you know it, you'll be judging people for scrambling the meat or losing the liquor. Seize the day, friends!
Aunt Dotty Oysters, the younger cousin of Island Creeks, are one of our most treasured creations. Small, savory and sweet - these are easy oysters to open and easy oysters to love.
Farmer: Skip Bennett
Location: Saquish, MA (on the other side of Duxbury Bay)
Size: 1.5"-2" consistent cull
Farming Technique: Despite being grown in the same body of water as the Island Creeks, these oysters are quite different. They are grown off the bottom in various types of gear depending on where they are in their grow-out. The site itself is exposed at low tide for much longer than the ICO farm, which makes the Aunt Dotty's a bit sweeter than the Island Creeks because of the well-developed adductor muscle that holds the shells together when it's out of water.
Unique Factor: We have jokingly called these "Skip's Reserves". The Aunt Dotty's are grown right off the deck of the Bennett family's off-the-grid cottage. They're named Aunt Dotty Oysters after Skip's great aunt who lived in the cottage with her five children for most of the year.
Salinity: We'd give these a 6 out of 10 (a touch saltier than the Island Creeks).
Flavor Notes: Delicate but complex flavor. Similar to the ICO's but sweeter and more buttery. Very easy to shuck.