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Posted: 3/28/2009 10:51:24 AM EDT
I have a couple dozen oysters I got a few weeks ago, they were live and I could not eat them all so I put them in the freezer. Is it safe to thaw them out and eat them raw or should I bake them or just throw them out?
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 10:59:16 AM EDT
Throw them out!

Oysters should be eaten only shortly after being shucked.

They won't be any good, and have the risk of being spoiled.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 10:59:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 11:08:03 AM EDT by MobiusRex]


Answers To Commonly Asked Questions About Oysters
Each year during oyster season, the Maryland Seafood Marketing Program receives many questions from consumers concerning the purchase, storage, preparation and nutrition of oysters. Listed here are some of the most commonly asked questions:

Q. Can I freeze fresh shucked oysters? How about oysters in the shell?
A. Shucked oysters freeze, make sure all the oysters are immersed in liquor to prevent freezer burn, leave Ç inch head space and freeze. You may have to add water to completely cover the oysters. Label the contents of the package, date and freeze. Even though shucked frozen oysters have a 3 - 6 month storage life, plan to use them as soon as you can. Shell oysters may also be frozen. Place the oysters in a freezer bag, exhaust air and seal. Label and date contents, freeze. The oysters are best used in soups and stews or cooked dishes. Storage life is about 3 months.


I would not attempt to eat a previously frozen oyster raw. Not that I'd be worried about it making me ill (if it was frozen fresh) but because taste and texture will be off. Cooked - no problem.

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:01:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 11:03:15 AM EDT by TerribleTom]
If you froze them in the shell, they're garbage.

You can freeze freshly shucked oysters safely, though I don't know what it would do to the flavor. I guess if you were frying them they might be edible.

ETA: They might be OK in the shell, but do not eat them raw.
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