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Chef Insider Tip: Picking Fresh Oysters
Make sure all the oysters are completely closed; if they are beginning to show a gap, they are dying. If you open an oyster and it isn't full of liquor, it has been sitting on the shelf for a while. If you tap two oysters against each other and one of them is dying or already dead, it will make a distinct call or knocking sound. If you pick up a bag of oysters and hear a lot of hollow sounds, a portion of that bag is already past its expiration date.