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#1 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:55 AM

They don't *taste* like oysters, you don't *eat* 'em with oysters, they aren't *made* of oysters, and the don't *look* like oysters...

Why the hell do they call them Oyster Crackers??! :dunno:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:59 AM

Interesting question. Not a very solid answer on the interwebz...

http://en.wikipedia..../Oyster_cracker

The origin of the term "oyster cracker" is unclear, but it may be that they were originally served with oyster stew or clam chowder or merely that their form (a vaguely round 'shell' that splits evenly into two parts) was suggestive of the shape of an oyster in its shell. According to the web site of the still-extant bakery discussed below, the crackers were so named because they were commonly served with oyster stew and other oyster dishes (at least on their early packages). They usually have a taste similar to saltine crackers, but far less salty.



#3 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:02 AM

Yeah, I was thinking that Chowder Cracker would be more suitable. Even their shape - well, they look more like a scallop shell than an oyster shell.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:23 AM

i had them in chowder on Thursday night. so yummy.

down here they serve the round ones that are about the the size of a superball with a crock of ground horseradish. i love that. i prefer them to the smaller, shell-ish type.

#5 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:25 AM

I haven't had the giant ones, only the little guys. They taste great in soups!

I got two boxes to send to my mom for Mother's Day - don't laugh, she loves them and can't find the type she really likes, so when I saw 'em at the natural foods store the other day it was like a total score! :funny1:

Goldfish crackers are still my hands-down faves, tho! :)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:50 AM

I stuff my pockets with the little bags whenever possible. love em!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:58 AM

I think they sort of look like oysters since they're roundish -- but also, you eat them with oysters, right? Definitely chowders... saltines just aren't exactly the same.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:31 AM

i found them in the little bags in the market and bought 2 boxes. like croutons on a salad, soup's just better with oyster crackers. :thup:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:17 AM

They helped build America

#10 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:48 PM

I've never eaten them with oysters - and oyster shells are long, not round - that's why I wonder about the name.

We usually have rye bread with oysters if we have anything. Mostly tho, I just want oysters naked with a squeeze of fresh lemon. :drool:

America is built on oyster crackers!!!! :v:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:50 PM

oh yeah, oysters are long... clams are round... good question.

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#12 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:51 PM

:lol:

Oysters in the nude would be a new experience for me!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:19 AM

bearded oyster cracker

#14 JBetty

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:14 PM

I love these little guys.




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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:20 PM

i like them when they are a little on the burnt side...nice and dark brown :smile:

super yummy floated in soup but ya gotta eat them before they get soggy! :drool: