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Chelsea Gem
Eld Inlet, WA (WC)
2020-12-02T16:43:50+00:00
Chelsea Gem
Eld Inlet, WA (WC)
Chelsea Farms

$90.00

This includes:

  • 36 Chelsea Gem oysters
  • 1 Oyster Bag
  • FedEx Express delivery INCLUDED

Oyster selection subject to availability

Size

Cocktail (2.5″ – 3″)

Flavor Profile

Flavor Varietal
Neutral Varietal
Complex Notes

The width and depth of an oyster’s flavor. Lean oysters from cold water are usually lower in minerality allowing you to taste multiple flavor notes in each oyster.

Neutral: Cucumber
Complex: Salsa or Beets

Brine
Fresh Water
Ocean Water

Chelsea Gem: ~10 ppt

You are what you eat. As filters, oysters assume the salinity of its home. Some oysters grow in a river mouth or estuary reducing the brine you taste. The brine of an oyster can change with the tides, storms, and season. Brine is measured in ppt, the number of parts salt to every 1,000 parts water.

Fresh Water: 0 ppt
Ocean Water: ~35 ppt

Sweetness
Peanut Butter Cup
Potato Chip

Do you prefer sweet or savory? Some oysters have a higher level of oyster “fat” or “butteriness” which masks the brine and causes them to be sweeter than others. Most “sweet” oysters still have a hint of savory like a salty filling of a peanut butter cup.

Sweet: Peanut butter cup
Savory: Potato chips

Meat
Lean
Plump

Oysters range between lean and plump like cuts of steak. Some oyster species naturally grow deeper cups with meat that is plump and fatty (the healthy kind!) comparable to a ribeye cut. Other oysters grow flatter cups with meat that is leaner and crisper similar to a filet mignon.

Lean: Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Plump: Pacific oyster (Crassostrea giga)

Chelsea Farms
Eld Inlet, WA
Farmers: Linda Lentz, Shina Wysocki, Kyle Lentz

Farmer's Notes

Species: Crassostrea gigas (Pacific)

Grow-out Method: Tide tumbled bags suspended by buoys

Description: Chelsea Farms is well-known both for their “Chelsea Gem” oysters and as the original developer of the tide tumbled growing method. Their oysters are grown in bags connected to a rack above the beach on one side and a buoy in the southern Puget Sound intertidal waters on the other. The tidal cycle moves the buoy up and down, naturally tumbling the oysters in the bags. This suspended culture method creates a completely new flavor profile that is clean, sweet, buttery, with a delicate touch of brine.

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