Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oyster Shell Fragment - Hangtown Fry


While working on cutting up the wood that was blocking the ATV trail yesterday, I found something unusual.. a fragment of an oyster shell. It seems pretty old to me and only a couple of inches instead of the normal size. But how did it get here? 

Well looking it up, the gold miners did eat oysters in a dish called "Hangtown Fry". Hangtown is the nickname of Placerville which is up the road about 30 miles from here. The recipe I found at a website shows how they ate them..

Hangtown fry could possibly be the first California cuisine. It consists of fried breaded oysters, eggs, and fried bacon, cooked together like an omelet. In the gold-mining camps of the late 1800s, Hangtown Fry was a one-skillet meal for hungry miners who struck it rich and had plenty of gold to spend. Live oysters would be brought to the gold fields in barrels of sea water after being gathered in and around San Francisco Bay. Such a meal cost approximately $6.00, a fortune in those days.
Hangtown Fry Recipe

This spot is by the creek that isn't really a creek anymore and has the 2 tailings piles as well.. so I guess I am safe to say this is a left-over shell from a gold panner's meal. Very cool!

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