Clean the oyster under cold running water. The oyster should be closed and have a heavy feel to it. Place the oyster on an oyster board or on a clean kitchen towel on top of a cutting board. Securely hold the oyster cup side down with the hinge side toward you. Slip the knife blade between the top and bottom shell right at the hinge.
Oysters are highly perishable and can spoil quickly in the hot summer months if they are not properly refrigerated. The oysters from Hooper's Island Oyster Aquaculture Company may be eaten safely during any time of the year. Our standard is to be off the water and docked by 10 am during the summer months. Our harvest is quickly brought down to below 40 degrees in our post-harvest treatment system. We utilize our ice trucks from our bagged ice division to transport our live oysters to market.