How Long Do Shucked Oysters Stay Fresh?

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How Long Do Shucked Oysters Stay Fresh?
Oysters should be stored properly. (oyster image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com)

Shucked oysters should be adequately refrigerated prior to consumption. If shucked oysters are kept in warm temperatures, the potential for bacteria to breed can cause severe illness when you eat the oyster.

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Purchased

Shucked oysters just purchased should be white to greyish in colour. The liquid should be clear, not cloudy.

How Long Do Shucked Oysters Stay Fresh?
Avoid oysters that are not fresh. (oyster image by Filip Mazurek from Fotolia.com)

Time Frame

Shucked oysters can stay fresh in refrigerators with a temperature below 1.67 degrees Celsius for up to seven days, as indicated by SafeOysters.org. Keep the oysters in the coldest part of your refrigerator.

How Long Do Shucked Oysters Stay Fresh?
Store shucked oysters in cold temperatures. (Kühlschrank image by Elisabeth Bilewicz from Fotolia.com)

Freezing

Freshly shucked oysters can be immersed in water and placed in shallow, airtight containers in the freezer. Freezer temperatures should be below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Oysters can be frozen for up to three months.

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