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How long do oysters last after buying them?

Use of Oysters

Oysters in the shell should be used from seven to ten days. Some shells may open during storage. If so, tap them. They will close if alive; if not, discard immediately.

   
What is the shelf life of oysters?

Shelf Life of Oysters

Freshly shucked oysters have a shelf life of five to seven days.

   
What grade of shucked oysters are good for dinner entrees?

Grades of Shucked Oysters

There are three grades of shucked oysters: counts are the largest and good for stews and entrees. Selects are smaller than counts and are ideal for frying and horsd'ouvres. Standards are the smallest and are best used for frying in dishes like fritters.

   
How do I store shucked oysters?

Shucked Oysters Storage

When storing shucked oysters, cover them in their liquor in a closed container. The container may set in crushed ice, 3/4 of height of container good for three days.

   
How do I store live clams and oysters?

Storing Live Clams

You can store live clams and oysters in the refrigerator in an open container covered with a moist cloth for up to two days. Shucked clams and oysters may be stored in their liquor (the liquid surrounding them) in the refrigerator for up to three days and in the freezer for up to three months.

   
How do I store live oysters?

Fresh Live Oysters

Remember that fresh live oysters need to breathe. Never store live oysters in airtight bags or containers.

   
How do I store live oysters?

Storing Oysters

When storing live oysters, store them flat side up to keep them bathed in their own liquor and refrigerate oysters, but not directly on ice. Keep the oysters dry.

   
How do I shuck an oyster?

How To Schuck Oysters

Using a thick kitchen towel, grip the oyster, flat side up, and force the tip of an oyster knife, which has an inflexible, pointed blade, between the shells just next to the hinge. Pry, twisting the knife, while at the same time trying to push the blade into the oyster, breaking the hinge. Run the blade along the inside of the upper shell to free the oyster, removing the top shell. Then scrape along the lower shell and remove the oyster if you're serving it on the half shell, pick out any loose fragments of the shell, being careful not to spill the oyster's delicious liquid.

   
How many oysters should I serve per person?

Cooking Oysters

Before using oysters in any fried or creamed dish, dry them carefully in an absorbent towel. Allow one quart undrained, shucked oysters for six servings.

   
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