To keep oysters fresh, they should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed as soon as possible after purchasing. When storing oysters, place them in a container with a damp cloth or seaweed on top to keep the oysters moist. The container should be covered, but not sealed tightly, to allow for circulation of air. Oysters should not be stored in airtight containers or covered in water, as this can suffocate them and lead to spoilage.
When purchasing oysters, make sure that they are still alive and have tightly closed shells. If an oyster's shell is open, tap it gently. If it does not close, discard it, as it is already dead and not safe to eat. If the oyster's shell is slightly open, you can put it back in the refrigerator and it will close up on its own.
If you are not going to eat the oysters immediately, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 14 days or longer. We like to typically eat them within 7 days.
When preparing oysters, make sure to thoroughly wash them in cold water to remove any dirt or debris. You can also use a soft brush to gently scrub the shells. It is important to keep the oysters refrigerated until they are ready to be cooked or consumed. For individuals concerned about eating raw food, cook your oysters to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, you should only eat raw oysters that is stored above (freezing) 33 F and below 45 F.
In addition to keeping oysters refrigerated, there are several other tips for ensuring that they stay fresh. Here are a few:
Keep the oysters as dry as possible.
Use a towel or cloth to wipe away any excess moisture
Keep the oysters shaded and out of direct sunlight
Handle the oysters as little as possible
And make sure to only buy oysters from reputable vendors with a good reputation for storing and shipping them properly.
Overall, the key to keeping oysters fresh is to keep them cool, moist, and alive until you're ready to eat them. This will ensure that the oysters are safe to eat and have the best flavor and texture. It is also important to handle oysters with care and to purchase them from reputable vendors to ensure that they have been stored and handled properly.