It’s nearly time for summer barbecue season and oysters may be low on your list of things to serve but fear not, we’ve got the tips to keep oysters cool and fresh so you can serve them all summer long! We know that keeping oysters cool during the summer months can be challenging. However, we’ve gathered several tips to help you keep your oysters cool and fresh for a summer barbecue.
1. Store Oysters on Ice
One of the most important things to remember when keeping oysters cool is to store them on ice. Oysters need to be kept at a temperature between 33°F and 40°F to stay fresh. Ice helps to maintain the appropriate temperature by keeping the oysters chilled. Use crushed ice rather than cubes since it conforms to the shape of the oysters and provides better insulation.
2. Use a Cooler or Refrigerator
A cooler is an excellent option for storing oysters because it's portable and can be taken to any outdoor event. Fill the cooler with ice and arrange the oysters on top of it. Alternatively, you can store the oysters in a refrigerator until it's time to cook them. If you're using a cooler, make sure to keep it in a shaded area, so it stays cool. You can also use a thermometer to monitor the temperature inside the cooler and make sure it stays within the safe range.
3. Keep the Oysters Closed
When storing oysters, it's essential to keep them closed. Oysters open their shells when exposed to air, which can cause them to die. Dead oysters are unsafe to eat and can make you sick. To keep the oysters closed, cover them with a wet towel or place them in a container with a lid. Don't store the oysters in water, as this can cause them to suffocate.
4. Don't Store Oysters for Too Long
Oysters are perishable and should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. If stored in your refrigerator, the oysters can keep for a few days, but if you’re taking them to an outdoor event, they should all be consumed or thrown away after.
5. Buy Fresh Oysters
When buying oysters for a summer barbecue, it's crucial to choose fresh oysters. Look for oysters that are tightly closed and smell like the ocean. If an oyster is open, tap it lightly. If it doesn't close, it's likely dead and should be discarded. Avoid buying oysters that are pre-shucked, as they have a shorter shelf life and are more prone to spoilage. Using our handy date picker, you can plan your oyster delivery for the day before your event in most cases.
6. Consider the Temperature and Humidity
The temperature and humidity levels in your area can affect how quickly oysters spoil. If you live in a hot and humid climate, you may need to take extra precautions to keep your oysters cool. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and humidity levels and adjust your storage methods accordingly.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your oysters stay fresh and safe to eat during your next summer barbecue. Oysters make an awesome barbecue appetizer and are a refreshing way to bring the flavors of the ocean to any cookout.
Order some now and get shuckin’ and sippin’ this weekend.