Gardner Douglas aka “The Oyster Ninja” was recently featured on NBC Washington local news for his mobile oyster catering business S.S.S.HUCKING. Gardner Douglas is a army veteran and nationally ranked oyster shucker from Withams, Va. His mobile raw bar business takes him all over the country and he has even shucked for former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pre Covid-19.

Since the Pandemic “The Oyster Ninja” has pivoted his raw bar service to social distanced deliveries in the Dc metro area. Bivalve lovers can now enjoy oysters fresh on the half shell in the safety of there home. “Some people even makes orders as communities with a centralized pickup location” says Gardner. Whether you like salty(briny) or sweet Chesapeake Bay oysters the ninja can cater to your taste buds, sourcing oysters from JJ McDonnell located in Jessup, Maryland.

If you are in or near Washington Dc you can contact Douglas in numerous ways. @s.s.shucking or by email oysterninjapc@gmail.com.



Perfect Shucks By The Oyster Ninja

Earlier this week I was so bored out of my mind I made a video of something I thought was so simple at the time.  During the video I realized this was actually a great idea for a blog post.  In the video I break down three ways to shuck an oyster properly.

The first tip in shucking properly is knowing what your oyster shucking knife will actually do. So for these particular styles I went for a strong knife, a stabbing but sturdy knife and a traditional Chesapeake stabbing knife. A strong knife is good for a harder shell and especially wild oysters. The stabbing knife but sturdy is good for a farm raised oyster but with a sturdy hinge. Last but not least the traditional Chesapeake Bay stabbing knife is specifically made for going through the mouth of the oyster.

The second tip is to know what type of oyster you will be shucking. You can find this out by asking a couple questions, starting with is this oyster a farmed or wild oyster? Next you want to figure out is the hinge sturdy or not? To make it easy look for any decaying shell or fungus growing on the back of the shell. Last but not least if the shell of the oyster is misshaped this could make it harder to shuck. A good example of a misshaped oyster comes from island creek oyster company. Its been a few years since I’ve shucked them, but back then they were notorious for having a hook in the shell.

The tip and final step is to check out the video. If you have any other questions feel free to email me. Im also including my amazon affiliate link to pick up one of my favorite oyster knives.