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Food Q&A

December 27, 1999

Boil fresh oysters before making stuffing

When the grocery store was out of canned, boiled oysters, Marilyn Benedict of Hagerstown had to buy fresh ones to use in her holiday stuffing.

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She called to ask how long to boil the oysters before putting them in the oven with the rest of the ingredients. Benedict was concerned that the oysters would not be heated enough in the oven to make them safe to eat.

Lynn F. Little, a family and consumer sciences extension educator for Maryland Cooperative Extension, Washington County, says to boil water in a pan, plunge the fresh oysters in the boiling water and remove the pan from the heat. Let the oysters sit in the hot water until the edges start to curl, which should only take a few minutes.

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Oysters that are even slightly overcooked are rubbery and pasty, Little warns.

- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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