Here are some tips that may be helpful:
- Make sure it's alive! Wiggle the spikes with your fingers and see if it moves and how fast it moves!
- Bigger is NOT better! The older it is, the less likely it'll taste good/bitter. Look for a medium size (slightly bigger than a softball is ideal)
- Get it pre-shucked! It's honestly a huge toss-up in terms of taste, color, and texture. I just bought it for fun as I like to dissect things and like getting items in their original forms instead of it already processed. Unfortunately one of the two I purchased was extremely bitter! =(
With regarding the purpose of the spoons...
- Simply put stack them on the back of each other
- Position the spoon heads on the weak spot of the sea urchin which is on its bottom (look for a small hole to pierce)
- Pull the spoons' handle away from each other.
If you did it right, it should look something similar to below! Enjoy! Hope yours isn't bitter!
|Sea Urchin #1|
|Sea Urchin #2|
|Center weak spot at bottom of the shell!|
|Insert spoons into the center bottom weak spot!|
|Give it a good clean!|