Always keep your oysters cold (~ 40 degrees) but not frozen. You can place them on a towel or in a bowl in the fridge. The refrigerator is a perfect temperature but is also a good dehydrator so when in the fridge, be sure to cover your oysters with a wet cloth to keep them from drying out. Re-wet the cloth every few days. Never store in air-tight containers or bags since they can die from lack of oxygen.
You can also store them in a cooler covered with ice but be sure to drain the cooler as the ice melts. Oysters should never be submerged in fresh water or melted ice. That would be like putting a salt water fish in a fresh water tank. Keep your cooler as shaded as possible.
Oysters open their shells slightly to breathe – this is normal and good health. Discard any whose shells do not close tight when tapped. If you hear a hollow sound when tapped, the oyster has lost its liquor and should also be avoided.
To enjoy the essence of the waters in which they are grown, we recommend eating oysters within 2-3 days of purchase. They will remain alive and fresh for 7-10 days when properly stored.