Live Pacific Oysters
Pacific Northwest, USA
Cannot be shipped to Texas, Louisiana, or Hawaii.
Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) are popular because they are extremely hearty and they have a highly-prized, mild flavor: fresh, clean and briny sweet. These Pacifics measure 2.5 to 3 inches long.
Originally from Japan, the Pacific oyster is the most widely cultured oyster in the world. The Pacific oyster was brought to Washington State to save the oyster industry when the native Olympia became depleted.
Shucked Pacific oyster meat is also available.
Fresh oysters are best kept alive by placing them in an open container in a refrigerator and covering them with a clean wet towel to prevent them from drying out. Do not keep them in a bucket of sea water, in plastic bags or other air tight containers.
The sooner live oysters are consumed, the fresher they will be (especially when you plan on eating them raw). Depending on whether you're eating them raw or cooked, they should remain fresh (when properly stored) for 5-7 days. If they start smelling fishy or if they are open, it's time to throw them out.
RECIPES & TIPS
Despite their reputation for being tricky, live oysters are surprisingly easy to open with an oyster knife and the proper technique:
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