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OYSTERS - PURCHASED COMMERCIALLY FROZEN

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10-12 months (best quality)

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  • How long do frozen oysters last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep oysters frozen at all times.
  • Properly stored, frozen oysters will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
  • Are frozen oysters safe to eat after the ‘expiration’ date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen oysters will typically carry a Best By, Best if Used By, Best Before, or Best When Used By date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the frozen oysters will remain at peak quality.
  • How long will frozen oysters remain safe to eat? Frozen oysters that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • How to tell if frozen oysters are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen oysters, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen oysters unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.

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