Available at MOM’s DC, MD, and VA Stores
Pre-Order by Tuesday at midnight for pickup on friday after 3 pM
True Chesapeake raises their own oysters instead of harvesting from delicate wild populations. The farm serves as an important habitat for native species such as Rockfish, Oyster Toadfish, Bryozoans, and Blue Crabs.
St. Jerome Creek • Ridge, MD
True Chesapeake oysters are straight from the source- meaning 48 hours or less from the Bay to your plate!
How should I Store My Oysters?
Oysters should be stored at 36 – 43°F 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 10 to 14 days from harvest. If stored properly, some oysters can stay alive for over 4 weeks. There are many factors that affect an oyster’s shelf life. 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 the 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 undercooked 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!
Recycle Your 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 out of landfills.
Did you know!?
- One recycled shell can return TEN new oysters to the water.
- One adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of water per day!