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« on: December 05, 2008, 06:28:53 PM »

Hi guys I know this is for Crab storage but how long can I keep oysters?
Do I keep them on ice like crabs??
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008, 07:13:24 PM »

Hi guys I know this is for Crab storage but how long can I keep oysters?
Do I keep them on ice like crabs??
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Grin You can keep in shell ursters to they open up and stink.  Just keep'em cool.. My oysters sit out on the pier for hours in the summer sun. I do that to kill the stuff that preys on them.. Knock one against the other. You will quickly learn the sound of the dead ones.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008, 07:15:44 PM »

Hi guys I know this is for Crab storage but how long can I keep oysters?
Do I keep them on ice like crabs??
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Store live oysters in the shell, large shell-side down, in a mesh bag or in an open container covered with a damp cloth in the refrigerator (no lower than 33 degrees F.) up to five days. Do not seal live oysters in an airtight container -- they will not be able to breathe and will die.
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2008, 01:03:48 PM »

What about schucked ursters?
Can I freeze them for later use?
Freeze them in a solid ice block like most seafood?

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008, 02:27:36 PM »

yep I freeze them in their own juice.
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2008, 02:57:21 PM »

i got a half bushel of chincoteagues when i was on vacation and i put them in the 2 crispers and they lasted almost a month ,some open along the way just chuck em out. they  were good and juicy until the were all. it was an onion sack full ( more like a bushel) $35 wow ...and they were to this day the best oysters i ever had.
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008, 04:26:08 PM »

dreampixels, Where do you get your oyster's from, The market? Our oyster's in Jersey keep atleast a week and a half or more in the summer, Much longer in the fall and winter, Of course we get them same day harvest,Just wondering....
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008, 05:45:28 PM »

dreampixels, Where do you get your oyster's from, The market? Our oyster's in Jersey keep atleast a week and a half or more in the summer, Much longer in the fall and winter, Of course we get them same day harvest,Just wondering....

That was an answer from google.........
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008, 01:05:13 PM »

By the way,
I bought a bushel from crabzilla.

All were in great shape and none dead.  Two were full of mud but those weren't alive
The rest were great and salter then I expected (yum).

All of various legal sizes.

We ate them on the half and steamed some while tailgating.  Some people said those were the best oysters they have ever tasted.  Like myself the were not connoisseurs but they were darn good.
Still have about 1/3 bushel and plan on eating them throughout the week.

Thanks again crabzilla.
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2008, 10:01:52 AM »

How long do they last shucked sealed in a jar? I've had a jar in the fridge for a month....thinking they are bad by now?
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2008, 01:12:46 PM »

How long do they last shucked sealed in a jar? I've had a jar in the fridge for a month....thinking they are bad by now?


I'd say you have pushed the limit. Your nose will tell you when you open them. Personally, they increase in flavor as they age, up to the point of no return!
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2008, 05:19:09 PM »

Oysters don't last too long with me! I usually finish them off before they go bad. They will last longer in the fridge than the other shellfish. I've had clams and steamers go bad on me before I have finished them off.
Store the Oysters belly side down to hold the water around them in the shell.
Kristie, I would be hesitant to use those shucked Oysters; one month is too long. Give them a smell and trust your nose.

With all shellfish "If in doubt...throw it out"!
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2008, 05:51:25 PM »

How long do they last shucked sealed in a jar? I've had a jar in the fridge for a month....thinking they are bad by now?


they still can be used as "chum"

used to grind dead aysters, fish guts , dead crabs etc as chum then freeze it old milk jugs for the coming summer   Wink Grin

when ready - cut a hole in the side, hang over the side of the boat, occasionally tug the rope and you're chumming  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2008, 08:30:27 PM »

Chum: Good idea!
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2008, 08:58:17 PM »

they still can be used as "chum"

used to grind dead aysters, fish guts , dead crabs etc as chum then freeze it old milk jugs for the coming summer   Wink Grin

when ready - cut a hole in the side, hang over the side of the boat, occasionally tug the rope and you're chumming  Grin Grin Grin

Couldn't you just take the lid off?
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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2008, 08:27:51 AM »

Chum is release slowly.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2008, 12:45:42 PM »

How big of a hole?
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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2008, 06:27:14 PM »

A few little holes s Grin
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2008, 08:12:06 PM »

depends how frozen and the size of the chum

make hole/holes  big enough so chum comes out

you can allows make them bigger Grin

PS take the cap off -- so when you pull up - water goes in the hole

I put mine thru a grinder, bones, shells and all
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