How Long Do Shucked Oysters Stay Fresh?

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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.

Oysters on a plate
Oysters on a plate (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Purchased

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

Using fork on oyster
Using fork on oyster (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Time Frame

Shucked oysters can stay fresh in refrigerators with a temperature below 35 degrees Fahrenheit for up to seven days, as indicated by SafeOysters.org. Keep the oysters in the coldest part of your refrigerator.

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Hand picking oyster (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Freezing

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

Shucked Oysters on Ice
Shucked Oysters on Ice (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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