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Oysters: Main Image

Best to Buy

Look for fresh, live oysters that smell clean, like the ocean, with tightly closed shells.

Prep & Store

Refrigerate live oysters flat side up and covered with a damp towel. Do not store in an airtight container. Cook as soon as possible.

Quick & Easy Recipe

Serve raw shucked oysters on crushed ice. To shuck, hold the oyster flat side up, insert a knife into the opening near the hinge, and twist to open. Once the hinge gives, slide the knife along the shell to sever the muscle, and pick out any grit or pieces of broken shell.

Nutrition Notes

Oysters are an excellent source of zinc and vitamin B12.

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