How to Store & Shuck Oysters

The Thimble Island Oyster Company of Connecticut has produced an article and video on how to store and shuck oysters.

Among the tips are:

  • an oyster’s taste fades as it ages
  • oysters should be refrigerated out of water
  • oysters must be eaten alive, or cooked alive
  • the shells of live oysters are normally tightly closed or snap shut given a slight tap
  • if an oyster’s shell is open, the oyster is dead and cannot be eaten safely
  • cooking oysters in the shell kills them and causes the shells to open
  • oysters that don’t open after being cooked should be discarded

Read the full article and watch the videos below on how to shuck oysters



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