Review of the Toadfish Outfitters Oyster Knife


I have been shucking oysters for many years and I have a few knives that I tend to use more than others. In particular, I have three favorites that I use most of the time. It is rare that a new knife becomes one of my go-to knives but that just happened with the Put em’ Back Oyster Knife by Toadfish that we recently tested.


Things that make this knife unique and earn a top spot in our rotation include the color, the beauty, the well designed Toadfish™ blade, and most importantly: the contoured handle. The knife has a substantial feel and weight, and a longer blade with a narrow but blunt tip. 

The handle, made out of recycled and sustainable materials, has a comfortable and slip-free indentation for your thumb and one for your index finger. This allows for added safety and comfort while shucking.

The knife "was developed from generations of oystermen. It combines all the elements of a traditional oyster knife with a modern look at ergonomics and the physics of shucking an oyster perfectly and safely," the Toadfish website describes. 

Did we mention the warranty yet? I don't think any of my other knives came with a warranty. The Toadfish oyster knife comes with a two-year limited warranty. They will either repair or replace your knife if it has defects. 

Do you feel better about supporting products and brands that give back? Well, you will be pleased to know that for every product purchased, Toadfish donates the funds needed to plant 10 sq. feet of oyster habitat. By now, we hope all of our readers understand the benefits of oysters in our waters. For those who do not, when your Toadfish knife arrives in the mail just look at the packaging for a reminder that "a single oyster filters 60 gallons of water per day."

Additionally, Toadfish has partnered with the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina and has recently donated twenty thousand dollars to the organization's habitat efforts. With a motto of "shuck, recycle, rebuild," Toadfish is living up to its mission of being a good corporate citizen.

Other Toadfish products that might interest you:
oyster knifeWhen you shop at Toadfish, tell them your friends at Go Shuck an Oyster sent you and then comment below to let us know what you think of their oyster shucking knife. 

If you prefer to shop at Amazon, the Toadfish oyster shucking knife can be found on Amazon by clicking here. At the time of this post, all four reviews on Amazon rated the knife with 5 stars. 




The Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend in Alabama



Save the date and make your plans now to attend the 2017 Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend in Gulf Shores, AL during November 3&4, 2017. 

This year's lineup features notable Southern chefs including: 
  • Cory Bahr (Next Food Network Star)
  • Martie Duncan (Next Food Network Star)
  • Rob McDaniel (5x James Beard Award nominee)
  • Adam Evans (Esquire’s #1 Best New Restaurant)
  • Derek Emerson (3x James Beard Award nominee)

And, that's just to name a few. Additional chefs will be announced throughout the summer at www.hangoutcookoff.com.

This annual Cook-Off is one of the country’s premier culinary events, where fans can taste oysters prepared by some of the South’s best restaurants and chefs. Want to learn some tips for the kitchen? Celebrities and James Beard Award winning chefs will be demonstrating recipes and cooking techniques. 

Tickets for this celebration of food and drink are on sale now at www.hangoutcookoff.com

Sample over 100 oyster recipes or indulge in the largest curated selection of farmed oysters from all over North America. 

Numerous James Beard Award winners and nominees will be on-hand including chefs Rob McDaniel (SpringHouse), Derek Emerson (Walker’s Drive-In), Brian Canipelli (Cucina 24), and Erik Niel (Easy Bistro & Bar). The Chef Demo stage is hosted by Alabama’s very own Food Network Star, Martie Duncan and features other television favorites including Cory Bahr (Food Network Star). 

A selection of craft cocktails, Bloody Mary’s, Champagne and craft beer will be available to wash it all down. 

The Cook-Off will also feature the “Best Tasting Tailgate” for fans to watch SEC Football games on big screen TV’s. 

One of this year’s highlights is an appearance by country music star CAM Saturday afternoon, included with Cook-Off admission. 

The weekend begins with Craft Beer Friday featuring tastings from upwards of 20 craft breweries and live music to be announced. 

Workshops and Food Demonstrations Will Feature:
  • Martie Duncan (Food Network Star) 
  • Cory Bahr (Food Network Star)
  • Adam Evans (Esquire’s #1 Best New Restaurant)
  • Rob McDaniel (5x James Beard Award Nominee)
Featured Restaurants 
The Cook-Off will feature chefs competing for cash and prizes. Each restaurant will be serving up Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and Raw Oysters for everyone to taste. 

Participating restaurants and chefs include: 
 
  • Pete Blohme of Panini Pete’s (Guy’s Grocery Games)
  • David Crews of Six Shooter Land and Timber (2013 King of American Seafood; Cleveland, MS)
  • Erik Niel of Easy Bistro (James Beard Award Semifinalist; Chattanooga, TN)
  • Kimball House (Southern Living’s 2014 Best New Restaurant; Decatur, GA)
  • Walker’s Drive-In (Jackson, MS)
  • Ole Biloxi Fillin Station (Biloxi, MS)
  • Beach House Kitchen (Gulf Shores, AL)
  • Local 463 Urban Kitchen (Jackson, MS)
  • OK Bicycle Shop (Mobile, AL)
  • Driftwood Bar and Grille (Orange Beach, AL)
  • Guerrilla Gourmet (Victoria, TX)
  • Voyagers - Perdido Beach Resort (Orange Beach, AL)
  • Half Shell Oyster House (Biloxi, MS)
  • Smoke Ring BBQ (Atlanta, GA)
  • Restaurant Tyler (Starkville, MS)
  • ByWater Bistro (Gulf Shores, AL)
  • Restaurant Iron (Pensacola, FL)
  • Hey Joe’s (Cleveland, MS)
  • Desporte (Biloxi, MS)
  • Crabs on the Beach (Pensacola, FL)
  • The Coast Restaurant (Gulf Shores, AL)
  • The Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL)
  • The Gulf (Orange Beach, AL and Okaloosa Island, FL)

Chefs, talent and bands subject to change. 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.HangoutCookoff.com

For more information contact Jessica Downs at Jessica@hangoutmusicfest.com or (251) 202-9802 and her know your friends at Go Shuck An Oyster.com sent you. 

Books About Oysters Make Great Gifts

oyster book
If you know someone who likes oysters or likes to learn about oysters and Rowan Jacobsen writes a new book, there is only one thing to do - purchase his book!

Recently released, The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Temptation is now available in hard copy and for the kindle.

To date, all of the reviews on Amazon are positive and why shouldn't they be? There are not many authors on the topic of oysters better than Rowan Jacobsen. Oyster lovers know about his books including my two favorites about oysters:

1.  A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America, a must read!

2.  The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World.

These three books make great gifts for yourself, your friends, and family members.


Halifax Oyster Festival

The second annual Halifax Oyster Festival a premier oyster event in Halifax, Nova Scotia will take place on September 29 & 30, 2017.


The third annual Halifax Oyster Festival is back on the Halifax waterfront offering the unique convergence of Maritime sea and land terriors.
3-hour sessions include:
  • All-you-can-slurp raw oysters
  • Greeting sample of Benjamin Bridge's Nova 7 sparkling wine
  • A selection of chowder, lobster rolls and mussels to purchase
  • Wine, craft beer, cider, Caesars samples to purchase (More stations than last year!)
  • Shuck N' Learn station
  • 3rd annual Nova Scotia Oyster Shucking Competition

  • Halifax Oyster Festival 2016
    Photo credit: Lenny Mullins
  • Select Nova Scotia Store to purchase packaged oysters, wine and oyster paraphanelia to take home
Children under 12 are free, strollers are strongly discouraged.
Children under 19 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 
More information at oysterfest.ca
Halifax Oyster Festival is produced by The Coast, Halifax's weekly newspaper.
Video by Meghan Tansey Whitton


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