So glad you asked
Can I purchase oysters directly from Matheson Oyster Co?
Yes - as long as it’s listed on our website under the SHOP section, they’re available to order directly from us. We can also point you in the direction of where to find our oysters out and about.
How will my oysters arrive to me?
By ordering directly through us, your oysters will arrive in a fully recyclable cardboard box at your doorstep. Inside, you’ll find recyclable insulation padding (made from recycled water bottles) that has been keeping your oysters nice and regulated on their journey to you.
Additionally, there are cooler packs inside which can either be reused by you, emptied down the drain, or even emptied into your plants as plant food. The bag holding the oysters is biodegradable and compostable. PS - for further detail on how to dispose of our packaging in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, we offer ~suggestions~ on the exterior of our box.
How do I store oysters?
Once they’ve been delivered and you’ve brought them inside, take the bag of oysters out of the box and put them in your fridge or a cooler as soon as possible (they can be emptied into a bowl to be stored in the fridge as well).
They should be kept refrigerated at 45F or below. If you’re storing them in a fridge, we also recommend covering them with a damp paper towel or cloth so they don’t get dried out before you can enjoy them. Most important rule is to not let them sit in water (aka melted ice).
How long do oysters keep?
If stored correctly, they can be good for ~7 days. However, please don’t eat any oysters that have naturally opened up before you can get into them, or smell a little funky. These are unfortunately dead.
How do you shuck an oyster?
Great question, we’re happy to help you. It’s really not that hard once you get the hang of it. Visit Julie Qiu's tutorial here. She's an oyster sommelier and just an overall awesome person.
Are oysters considered vegan?
Not going to lie, this is up for debate and dependent on your school of thought. Yes, oysters are animals, but they don’t have a brain or a central nervous system. So, maybe? Kind of up to you!
Do you offer farm tours?
While we love showing people where the magic happens, we’re unfortunately not able to offer farm tours at this time. You’re more than welcome to always reach out to us at email@example.com if you’re curious about our operation.
Can I order some of your oysters for an event?
Absolutely - sounds fun! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org