Oysters that are still in the shells should only be frozen live. A live
oyster will keep its shell tightly closed or will close it when tapped.
If you have plenty of freezer space and want to freeze the oysters in
the shells, simply wash the shells thoroughly and place in moisture-vapor
To save freezer space, wash the oyster shells, discarding any oysters
that have died. Shuck oysters into a strainer (save the liquor) and remove
any pieces of shell or sand. If necessary, the oysters can be rinsed to
remove any sand. Place oysters and liquor in a plastic container or freezer
bag, leaving ½-inch headspace, seal and freeze. Shucked oysters can
also be frozen by this method.
Freezing does change the texture and flavor of oysters. These oysters
may be best used in casseroles or stews.
This document was extracted from "So Easy to Preserve", 5th ed. 2006. Bulletin 989, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens. Revised by Elizabeth L. Andress. Ph.D. and Judy A. Harrison, Ph.D., Extension Foods Specialists.
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