Oyster FAQ

How should I Store My Oysters?

Oysters should be stored at 36 – 43 oF either in a cooler on ice or in the back of your refrigerator covered with a damp towel. Do not store them in a plastic bag or airtight container. Make sure the oysters have adequate water drainage, especially if storing on ice, so they do not sit in a pool of water (the chlorine and fresh water shock will kill them).

How Long Do Oysters Stay Fresh?

Generally, oysters stay fresh for up to 10 to 14 days from harvest. If stored properly, some oysters can stay live for over 4 weeks. There are many factors that affect an oyster’s shelf life, so there’s no straight answer, but the best way to know if your oysters are still good to eat is to check for closed shells and cups filled with liquor when shucked opened. If they shell is open or the meat inside is dry with no liquor, don’t eat it.

Are There Any Risks In Eating Raw or Cooked Oysters?

The short answer is yes, there will always be risks when eating raw or undercooked meat and seafood. Please read the warning on the harvester tag that comes with our oysters. It is not recommended for pregnant women and young children to eat any under cooked proteins. Although the shellfish industry has strict regulations to prevent foodborne illnesses, consumers should be fully aware of the associated risks. If you are nervous, then eat your oysters cooked, which eliminates any potential foodborne risks! They’re great breaded, deep-fried, or baked! There are lots of recipes on the True Chesapeake Oyster Co. Website.

Where can I Learn To Shuck an Oyster?

You can learn to shuck an oyster on Youtube! True Chesapeake has a Youtube channel with a tutorial! 

Oyster Shell Recycling at MOM’s

Nov 29th- Dec 8th

Take your sustainability efforts a step further this Thanksgiving and recycle your Oyster shells at MOM’s! Oyster shell is the best material to raise new oysters and restore oyster reefs. To save this ecologically important by-product, MOM’s is partnering with the Oyster Recovery Partnership to recycle oyster shells and keep them from going into landfills. 

Did you know!? 

  • One recycled shell can return TEN new oysters to the water. 
  • One adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day (video here)! 

Learn more about Oyster Recovery Partnership here. 

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