Storing oysters is a simple way to bring the delicious flavor of this mollusk to your table. Unlike other seafood species, oysters are very easy to store. They can be stored either on their own shells or in pints, jellies or juices in a refrigerator with a lid. This allows the mollusks to maintain the freshness of their taste for up to two months. The best part about this is that you will have the pleasure of enjoying delicious fresh seafood throughout the year.
You can make the shells more shelf stable by placing them in a solution of water and vinegar. The mollusks can then be placed in a plastic bag and covered for at least one month before removing them from the bags. The first batch should be used on white, flaked oysters and may be stored in an airtight can or glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
For those who enjoy the flavor of the east coast or gulf coast oysters, there are additional methods for storing these species at home. The easiest method is to use oyster shells from your garden. These shells can be cracked open and filled with water to create a mixture that will hold the fresh flavor for up to three months. This mixture is excellent for using in sauces for a variety of dishes and for taking on vacation with the family.
Freshwater oysters are often sold in the fish market’s frozen divisions. A great way to enjoy these tasty mollusks is to soak the shells in water overnight. The next morning, drain the oysters and discard the inner oyster shell. This can be placed in a sealed container in the freezer for up to three months. Before using it, remove the fish from the water and soak the cleaned shells in warm water for 10 minutes to remove any dirt or loose material from the inside of the shell.
Fresh water oysters can also be soaked overnight and stored in shallow cups filled with water. Remove the oysters from the cups, rinse them under cold water and add two teaspoons of salt to the water. Let the oysters sit in this solution for approximately an hour and then drain them. Place them in a shallow dish and add a few drops of vinegar to help preserve their freshness.
Gulf coast oysters can be kept in a variety of different containers. A great container is one filled with a mix of water and salt. The oysters can sit in this container for up to three weeks before removing them from the solution. They will retain a briny taste and may also develop a slight odor as a result.
Freshwater pearls can also be bought fresh from seafood wholesalers and can also be stored in glass jars that are placed inside a shallow bowl. These jars should be used in an area that is dark and cool, away from direct sunlight and heat. Many people choose to eat the young pearls rather than the mature pearls when storing oysters because they are fresher and tend to have a more delicate flavor.
If you’re looking to find a fun, new way of collecting fresh seafood that’s a little different than your usual collection of fresh fish or shellfish, then consider purchasing and storing a set of nymph crabs. Nymphs are already deformed and grow as they molt, so you can purchase these in their full grown glory. These deformed and molting crabs look like real crabs! And since they molt, you won’t be eating any live food. But because these crabs are still alive, they offer a whole new world of fresh, delicious flavor for anyone who likes a taste of the sea but doesn’t want to partake of it in a raw form. Just remember to buy enough food to provide for a complete meal when storing nymphs, and if you don’t plan to keep them for long, wash them very well before placing them in your seafood tank.