1897 Good Housekeeping on Oyster Condiments

Mar 04, 2011

Nothing New Under the Sun Dept.:

The guys at I Love Blue Sea found this oyster wisdom in an 1897 issue of Good Housekeeping:

“It is quite English to serve raw oysters on the flat half-shell, but it is quite American to serve them on the deep shell. The American way is the best. Condiments? They were never intended as an accompaniment of the oyster, and are only used by country people. A suspicion of lemon; a dash of salt when the dealer has kept them covered with cracked ice, and the descending ice-water washed out all sea flavor; and, for palates grown callous, a dash of cayenne. Such abominations as ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, etc., should never be used.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself! Watch out for those “country people”; they’ll bring you down every time.

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