eating etiquette (how to eat...)
Table manners for eating oysters. Hold the shell with the fingers of one hand and a shellfish fork (or smallest fork provided) with the other hand. Spear the oyster with the fork, dip it into the sauce, and eat it in one bite. Alternatively, take a bit of sauce on your fork and then drop it onto the oyster. If a part of the oyster sticks to the shell, use your fork to separate it from the shell.
Table manners for crackers and horseradish. If oyster crackers are served and you'd like to mix them with your individual serving of sauce, crumble them with your fingers before mixing. Horseradish, too, can be mixed in, or a drop can go directly onto the shellfish if you like the hot taste.
Table manners for raw oysters. When you order raw oysters at an oyster bar or eat them at a picnic, it's fine to pick up the shell with the fingers and suck the meat and juice right off the shell.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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