Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stuffed Crab and Oysters

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has once again come and gone for Sam and I.  It is by far my favorite livestock show.

One of my favorite things about going to Houston is eating at Capt Benny's.  It is a hole in the wall, dive shaped like a boat that serves the best seafood.  

The stuffed crab there is my favorite!  I am going to try and come up with a copy cat recipe since I only get to have them once a year.

However the big seller at Capt'n Bennys is the Oysters on the Half Shell, they shuck them fresh, right in front of you.

I am not a fan but Sam sure ate a dozen.

After I watched our waiter/shucker throw several trays of empty shells away I asked him if I could have some to take home.

With a very confused look on his face he said "sure I guess?"  I continued to explain myself  "I have heard that crushed oyster shells help chickens with their egg shell production" he grinned and nodded his head and packed me a sack full.

You can only imagine the fishy stench coming from that bag of brackish mollusks, so they got to ride home in the back of the pickup.

When we got home I decided I had better crush them up and get them to my hens since it was their souvenir from our trip.

I put the shells in a feed sack and after a few whacks with a hammer the large chunks were a little smaller but I didn't think they were small enough yet so I decided I would treat them like a bag of ice and just beat them on the concrete.

Finally after some serious smashing they were small enough for the chickens to eat so I set out a feed trough full and the girls flocked to it!  I am sure every stray cat in town will be helping themselves to some oyster shells tonight too!

Thanks Houston for the great food, livestock and oyster shells :)

Now on to a great spring break of family time at the lake and hopefully some gardening.


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