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Hi my name is Mike “Hollywood” Broadway and I’m going to show you “Shucking 101”, how to shuck oysters safely. First you need gloves, a knife and an oyster ledge. The oyster ledge technique is to hold the oyster steady so that you don’t have to worry about it sliding on you. First thing you do is you put the oyster down in the ledge keeping the knife pointed down at all times and making sure you know where all your fingers are. The technique is to hold the oyster shell still so that it doesn’t move any pry to open the oysters just like opening a can of paint - back and forth. Once you get the oyster open, slide your knife all the way down the wide side. The wide side is the side where the oyster is connected to the shell. Cut it from the shell on both sides. Pop, fly, cut, cut. It’s all about leverage. Put all the weight on the oyster, no weight on the knife. A lot of times the shell will break on you. So I beat on it on the side to make my own hole. Then I can go through the side of the oyster. Get my knife in there, pry it open, work my knife all the way around. Pop it, slide it, wipe it, slide it and then cut it from the bottom. While it’s still attached to one side of the shell just by shaking it and wiping it the oyster can wash itself off with natural water then cut it from the side. Pop, slide, cut, cut. And that’s how you shuck the oysters. Shucking 101.