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I need seafood lessons...

NYCkaren | May 8, 2008 11:09 AM

I blame my mother, who rarely served fish when I was growing up. I am making up for lost time. I like buying local seafood at the farmer's market. I would like to buy whole fish but they don't scale them and gut them and I don't know how. Last year I bought a live conch as an experiment but I had no idea how to prepare it. I usually buy squid aready cleaned, but last weekend I bought some that hadn't been cleaned and did it myself. I made a mess with the guts and ink sacks. Plus I was freaked out by the eyes. I'd like to buy oysters but I don't know how to shuck them. Is it hard? I could go the easy route and just get fish filets, cleaned squid and shucked oysters. But I'd feel more like a real cook if I cleaned and shucked myself. I'd just like someone to give me a few pointers.

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