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So now what?

With shellfish, especially oysters, the fresher they are the better. If you are planning on eating your shellfish the same day, then don't worry about anything other than storing the box in a cool dry place, the insulted box and ice pack should do the trick. If you are planning on waiting a couple of days then you need to take care in keeping your shellfish cold (but not too cold).  Shellfish should be stored below 45 degrees, and oysters are best eaten raw at 36 degrees.

PRO TIP: Always store oysters cup side down to help them retain their water. 


REFRIGERATING

When refrigerating your shellfish, always cover completely with  a damp towel to prevent them from drying out. 

COOLER

When storing your shellfish in a cooler, make sure that there is no standing water in the bottom of the cooler. We recommend using ice packs or simply leaving the drain open. Also, it is best to avoid direct contact with ice to prevent your shellfish from getting too cold.


KEEP IN MIND... it is normal for clams and oysters to open slightly while resting in a cold environment, but they should always close-up when touched. If your clams open completely, they should be discarded and not eaten.