Lighthouse Oysters

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How Do You Shuck An Oyster?

What Is Oyster Liquor?

Oyster liquor is the naturally occurring liquid in an oyster shell that is full of minerals and robust flavor. The only rule in oyster slurping is: whatever you do, don’t pour out the oyster liquor! It is a delicious aspect of the oyster and essential to the oyster-tasting process. The deep shell cup of Lighthouse Oysters holds the oyster liquor beautifully. When our fresh oysters are shucked properly, the clear oyster liquor remains pooled in the bottom half of the shell. Oyster liquor is filtered seawater which the oyster brings into its shell. A sip of this precious liquid just before or after slurping an oyster naturally complements the intense flavor of its meat. Some seasoned slurpers take a small sip of oyster liquor as a preamble to the main event, then they slurp with gusto, and finally tip the deep shell cup of our Lighthouse Oysters to enjoy the remaining liquor within.

How Should I Store My Oysters?

Our oysters are harvested fresh from the Chesapeake Bay and, when properly refrigerated, will last up to 10 days. As with any seafood, the sooner you eat them, the more delicious they will be. Immediately upon receiving your oysters, refrigerate them and cover them with a damp cloth. Do not store in a tightly sealed container or plastic bag, and don’t put them directly on ice until they are shucked and ready to serve. While we take great care to ship only the most healthy, live oysters, please use good common sense and refrain from eating any raw oyster with an open shell prior to shucking, as that oyster is no longer alive.

What is the Nutritional Value of an Oyster?

Raw oysters have a protein content of about 9 percent and a fat content of less than 2 percent. One-half pound of raw oysters contains about 150 calories. The cholesterol content of oysters is 50 milligrams/100 grams of meat, and the sodium content is 109 milligrams/100 grams. Oysters are also very high in iron content.

Can Oysters Be Eaten Raw?

According to this article from the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) website, they absolutely can, but those with certain health conditions should refrain:

Oysters harvested from approved waters, packed under sanitary conditions, and properly refrigerated are usually safe for raw consumption by healthy individuals. Cooking oysters to an internal temperature of 140℉ or greater for 4-6 minutes destroys the common microorganisms of public health concern. Oysters can be enjoyed in a variety of cooked preparations including steamed, stewed, roasted, baked, broiled, sauteed, poached, and fried.

Consumption of raw or partially cooked oysters creates a risk of serious illness to certain individuals with predisposed medical conditions. These include:

* Liver Disease

* Chronic alcohol abuse

* Cancer (especially if taking anti-cancer drugs or radiation treatment)

* Diabetes

* Inflammatory bowel and stomach diseases

* Steroid dependency (as used for conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.)

* Achlorhydria (a condition in which the normal acidity of the stomach is reduced or absent)


It is highly recommended that individuals with these conditions avoid eating raw or partially cooked oysters.

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Where Can I Try Lighthouse Oysters?

Eager for a taste? Please visit these restaurants to try our delicious Lighthouse Oysters: