Have you seen them, yet? If not, you surely will.
I was given a colorful paper flier recently by one of my customers that showcased among other things, a whole oyster with a big green rubber band around it. Presumably, the rubber band was there to securely hold the oyster together. I guess the rubber band is keeping the top shell of the oyster and the bottom shell of the oyster from separating.
The tout sheet stated "Easy to release, hard to resist".
Easy to release? You bet! If you take the rubber band off, the two shells will likely fall apart!
Hard to resist? I'm not so sure about that!
Once again, it seems that businessmen are trying to improve on Mother Nature - something that seems to never EVER work out. Here is the summary of their process in their own words:
"Using our state of the art High Pressure Processing (HPP) machine, the oysters are individually wrapped in our green rubber bands, and then run through our HPP machine to remove any pathogens, bacteria, as well as all forms of the vibrio virus. The rubber band keeps the oyster closed and keeps the oyster’s original flavor and juices sealed inside the shell."
The Louisiana originator of the brochure also offers frozen oysters to their customers, as well.
I am sure that when I sit down to a platter of shucked oysters, I want a FRESH AND LOCAL oyster that has not been tampered with! Having said that, I am also sure that I don't want to consume a processed oyster that has been heat treated and wrapped with a rubber band to keep it together so it can masquerade as raw oyster.
Let me encourage you to always choose a fresh Florida oyster over something that's been shipped in from hundreds - if not thousands - of miles away. Know your sources.