One of the most common questions asked by a person interested in how long oysters last is about how to pick the best oysters. In fact, the answer is rather simple and straightforward. However, there are still those who question whether oysters are really as good as it is made out to be.
To begin with, an oyster is a piece of living organism that is just under the sea. The oyster derives nourishment from the water it lives in as well as from a variety of other things such as rock, sand, carbon dioxide etc. The oyster’s body contains around 200 to 300 different kinds of tiny sponges that trap tiny food particles and other pollutants on a daily basis. It is these tiny particles that become lodged inside the oyster’s shell, which in turn is what we refer to as the oyster’s oyster wine.
Oyster wines which come from a fresh water or sea shore usually last between one to two weeks. After this time period, the oyster’s body must re-establish itself internally and externally before it can produce another batch of excellent oysters. This is why many people think that it is important to pick their oysters fresh when they are about to buy them. Although this might be true, it has little to do with the quality of the oyster wine.
Most people prefer to buy oysters that have been washed fresh and have been stored in a cool place. This is usually because they do not want to put any chemicals in their oysters, which could kill them or adversely affect their taste. However, there are some people who like to pick their oysters at room temperature and let them age naturally. The truth is that it depends entirely on the oyster’s age and the conditions it finds itself in.
Most people believe that oysters which are kept in warmer waters last longer than those that are kept at cooler temperatures. They also believe that those which are stored in saltwater tanks will not last as long as those that are kept in freshwater tanks. To start with it is important to note that the conditions of an oyster are completely controlled by its environment; it is it not affected by the things surrounding it. It would therefore make sense to examine how long oysters last in their new environment and then compare this to the conditions they were originally living in. It might be surprising to know that fresh water oysters live for more than a week and then have to be reared for shipment.
If you are looking for the shortest time possible to receive your fresh water oyster wine, it is best to avoid picking them in the morning. The oysters’ growth cycle means that they begin to grow quickly at night and then sleep during the day. If you try to pick them in the morning they will be underdeveloped and will require some time to revive themselves. If you want to know how long oysters last you could try choosing them by size; by dividing the oysters in half you would be able to get a better idea of their age and how they will taste once they have been opened. It might take a few tries to get the timing right, as some oysters will be easier to open than others.
If you plan to make your own oyster wine, you may be surprised to find that the conditions they grow in play a significant part in how long they last. For example, certain breeds of oysters grow quickly and may burst within days, whereas others may take a couple of months to develop fully. The type of oysters that you choose will also have a bearing on the time it takes for the oysters to open. A slow growing and overgrown variety will take significantly longer to open, while a slower growing variety will open more slowly. As well as the type of oysters you select there is also a big environmental factor to take into account – the oysters grow best in water with plankton and fish living in it.
To give you a general idea, it can take from three to six months for oysters to open and ferment in their new location, known as nacre. Once they are fully matured, they are released into the sea where they will continue to grow for up to two years. During this period they will look round the sea bed looking for food and will eventually fall to the sea floor where they begin to decompose. Some oysters will be able to remain alive in the area and reach full maturation, whilst others will die when they come into contact with fresh seawater. When you decide to buy or make your own oyster wine, remember that they will only last for as long as the conditions they were born in allow them to.