There’s nothing more fun than planning a day out to collect and store your own fresh oysters. The trouble is, once you get home your refrigerator is usually full of old oysters that aren’t going to do you much good. It can be very frustrating to try to get your head around how to store them safely without letting any of the shellfish turn bad. Well, I’ve found a way. Here’s how to do it.
First, select your oyster variety. Choose firm, solid pieces so they stay in place when placed in a glass container. If you’re using a mussel shell, use one that’s sized to match the size of the oyster. You might also choose a different size altogether. These little guys are very competitive and can easily bully the bigger ones out of their hiding places.
Next, remove the tops from the oysters. If they’re still alive, take them out. Otherwise, poke holes in the oyster and then remove the pearls inside.
Place the oysters in a bowl or some sort of container with a lid. Cover them tightly. You’ll want them to be airtight to start with, though. A little air will help keep the oysters from drying out and hardening. Once you’ve sealed the container, leave it somewhere where they will be out of the sun.
Leave the oyster sitting in its own solution overnight. They’ll probably continue to be moist for a few days. This is good because it will help them come clean. Remove them in the morning and store them in a dry container.
Another option is to buy a container that has a lid on it. Simply place the oyster in the lid, turn on the water and leave it alone. In about a day or so, you should be able to see the sign of a pearl or two. You might even hear the oyster chirping.
If you’re worried about your oyster’s not coming back right away, you can try another method. Place the oysters in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and leave it in a dark, cool place. It should take about two weeks for the oysters to come back to you. Again, this might be a good way to go if you don’t like waiting around all day for the oysters to come back to you.
As you can see, storing oysters overnight isn’t difficult. But it does require patience, as well as a bit of planning. Don’t worry if you’re not good at planning. There are plenty of resources out there that can help you with that!
When you’re planning to store your oysters overnight, it’s important to plan where they will be stored. Since they come in smallish oysters, they need to be kept very close to the shoreline. That means you need to have a container or an airtight sack. The trick is to make sure that it’s dry and waterproof when you place them in the container. This can be tricky, because some oysters actually grow algae that can make the container moist.
Once you’ve got your oyster container set up, you can start draining the water out. The key is to drain it out of all the gunk. Then, you’ll want to vacuum the bottom and sides of the container. This keeps all those creepy-crawly things from accumulating on the oysters again, before you even get to them.
Now that you have your oysters and water drained, you can start preparing your oyster mixture. The simplest way is to boil some water and mix in your oysters. Then let it cool and continue boiling. You should always add about a teaspoon of salt to the water as well. This keeps the water from becoming too concentrated with the Oysters, later on.
When the boiling time is up, simply pour the hot water over your oysters and let them set for a few more hours. This gives time for your oysters to become acclimated to their new environment, meaning they can produce more eggs in the future. Storing your oysters overnight is the best way to do this.
Storing oysters has been a longstanding tradition in some parts of the world, where fresh water oyster harvesting is a natural thing. Today, you have a few different options for storing oysters. Most people prefer the airtight storage containers mentioned above. However, you can also use plastic, paper bags, or even vinegar for your oyster harvesting needs.