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Old 11-25-2020, 05:56 AM
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Picking up some fresh oysters after work, and want to know the best way to store the oysters in a cooler, before eating on Thanksgiving and any left overs Friday. Does anyone have a good/safe method for storing in a cooler?

I've done a little research, and it looks like the audience is mixed and the main concern is not letting ice/fresh penetrate the oyster. So what does the THT say?
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I’ve always left them on ice with the plug open to let the water drain
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Originally Posted by 85okhai View Post
I’ve always left them on ice with the plug open to let the water drain
I was thinking about putting two strips of wood in the bottom of the with some burlap at the bottom so the water drains through and the oysters don't end up in any water.
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That will work just fine.
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Bagged oysters in a large cooler or a large rubber trash container with bagged ice on top with somewhere for the melt to drain. Will keep for two days easy. Park out of the sun.
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In a cooler on top of the ice and let the water brain. You don’t want to let them sit in the water. They will be fine for days, they store them in a walk-in fridge like that at the commercial harvesters facility.
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I use a couple bottles of frozen water or ice packs instead of ice as my shellfish coolers don’t have drains. Shellfish I pick easily lasts a week. Soft shell clams are the most delicate and hard shells go even longer. Don’t over think it. Very hardy if they are fresh.
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left over oysters?

what's that?
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Getting a large box, only 9 people... so anticipate having some left overs Friday/Saturday (NOT A BAD THING)!
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Originally Posted by lhpfish185 View Post
Getting a large box, only 9 people... so anticipate having some left overs Friday/Saturday (NOT A BAD THING)!
Sounds like an excuse for fried oysters with the leftovers!
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Originally Posted by lhpfish185 View Post
I was thinking about putting two strips of wood in the bottom of the with some burlap at the bottom so the water drains through and the oysters don't end up in any water.
I start with a layer of ice on the bottom, add oysters and ice evenly from there up. Just put a block of wood under the cooler so the cooler leans toward the open drain end and no water will build up in the bottom at all. I've kept oysters for a whole week this way.
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Just open the plug. Fresh water will kill them.
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Ice in bottom, newspaper or burlap on top of that then Oysters. They got to stay alive. They don't want to freeze and die. Doesn't take a lot of cold to keep them alive. Can keep them a week just cold. Do not let them into the ice.
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On top of a good amount of ice, drain to the cooler open, lid cracked.
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leave em in the mud in a bag or cooler if you can - will keep em alive
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If mud is still on you may be able to just leave them out, depending on outside temp.
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In cooler covered in ice with plug open that works perfect last for many days ice melt water won't hurt them one bit.
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keep em in the mud til the last min they will be the freshest - if you wash them they will start to die off
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[QUOTE=Logan311;14249936]keep em in the mud til the last min they will be the freshest - if you wash them they will start to die off[/QUOTE

knocked out about 5 dozen, have a few more doz left. Don’t have raging shits yet, so good sign!

box was five days past sell by, but I’m alive.
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Straight on ice for oysters. Gotta keep ice on them as they can give you worse than the shits. Clams you keep cold but not straight on ice, it will kill a clam in a short period of time.

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