Tips for Seafood
Shells of live clams, mussels, and oysters may gape naturally but will close
tightly when tapped, indicating they are alive.
Live crabs and lobster will show some leg movement.
Freshly shucked scallops and oysters have a fresh odor.
Shrimp should have a fresh odor and firm meat.
Discard shellfish, such as lobsters, crabs, oysters, clams,
and mussels, if they die during storage or if their shells crack or break. Live
shellfish close up when the shell is tapped.
Pasteurized products such as crabmeat can be stored up to 6 months in the
refrigerator. Once opened, use within 3 to 5 days.