Do You Have Questions About Oysters?

Have you ever wondered, but never had the courage to ask? We hope to answer those questions and more in our Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have a question, please feel free to ask us!

Ordering, Storing and Eating

Q:

How much is shipping?

A:

Our website will calculate shipping costs for your oyster order. Oyster shipping costs vary based upon what you are ordering and the day of the week you want the package delivered. Simply add the oyster item you want to your cart and go to the shopping cart page where there is a delivery date calendar. The calendar will list the shipping price for each available delivery date separately. Select any available date you’d like to have your oysters arrive. Non-oyster items such as apparel, shucking knives, growlers, etc. are free shipping.

Q:

I’d like to order now, but can I have my oysters arrive at a later date?

A:

Yes, as you add your oyster order to your cart there is a delivery date calendar where you can pick your delivery date. Select any available date you’d like to have your oysters arrive! That means you can order now, but have your oysters arrive at a future date you select.

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How should I store my oysters?

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Our oysters are fresh from the bay and, if properly stored, will last up to 10 days. However, the sooner you eat your oysters, the better they will be. Once you receive your oysters, refrigerate immediately and cover with a damp cloth. Do not store in a plastic bag, sealed container, or directly on ice. Also, please do not eat any raw oysters that are open prior to shucking, as they are no longer alive.

Q:

What’s the best way to serve and eat my Anderson’s Neck Oysters?

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Delivering a buttery balance between savory and sweet, our oysters contain just the right amount of salinity to produce a crisp finish. They are best when served chilled on a bed of ice. We prefer to eat our oysters naked, or with a light drizzle of lemon juice.

Do not put cocktail sauce on your oysters! Did you know cocktail sauce was invented in the 19th Century to mask the taste of spoiled oysters before adequate refrigeration was developed? We invest a tremendous amount of tender loving care in our fanatical mission to provide you with fresh, premium oysters. Please don’t insult us by slathering them in cocktail sauce! Trust us, you will want to taste the oysters. If you absolutely can’t eat your oysters naked, we recommend a little Tabasco or Mignonette sauce, but don’t overdo it.

Please Note: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Q:

Should I eat oysters only in the “R” months?

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There is a tremendous amount of confusion on this topic and it goes all the way back to Ancient Rome when this adage was first created. We won’t bore you with all the history on this topic, but the short answer is NO (If you want to read the full history, read our blog post: The R Rule Demystified). Because our oysters are farm raised in a safe environment that is regularly tested, you can enjoy our oysters all year round.

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Are Oysters Nutritious?

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Oysters are true knockouts when it comes to their nutritional value.  They rank right up with blueberries in the health food stratosphere.  Oysters provide lots of protein, vitamins, and minerals.  They are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Last but not least, oysters contain copious amounts of zinc and copper.  In fact, a plate of oysters contains the equivalent of two zinc lozenges!  It is theorized that these tasty bivalves accumulate high concentrations of zinc and copper for their anti-microbial properties and use the metals for fighting off bacteria and other nasty invaders.  So if you are trying to build up your immune system, you might want to consider a dozen oysters.

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What should I drink with my Oysters?

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Beer is an obvious pairing for oysters. The Irish love a good stout when eating oysters in their pubs. We agree. That’s why we developed Anderson’s Neck Oyster Stout as a customized pairing.  If you can’t handle a stout because it is too full bodied, a German Hefeweizen with a slice of lemon peel goes well.  We believe our Anderson’s Neck Öyster Weizen is the  perfect warm weather pairing for oysters.  If you really want something different, you can also try our King and Queen Ale.  This English barley style beer drinks almost like a fine wine and is a superb complement to a plate of oysters.

White Wine also pairs well with oysters, but we do not recommend you pick a typical varietal such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. We absolutely love Grüner Veltliner , which is an affordable Austrian varietal.  And of course, Champagne with oysters is the ultimate treat if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion in style!

Q:

Will these oysters come with pearls in them?

A:

No. We suggest you go to a jewelry store, not an oyster farm, if you are looking for pearls.

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