Shelf Life & Storage Questions

Can I freeze sweetbreads?

Absolutely! In fact, you probably should. Sweetbreads, like other offal cuts, are very perishable and should be cooked or frozen ASAP. We actually sell our veal sweetbreads frozen & recommend using them within a day of thawing. – Question Submitted
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Can I store live oysters on dry ice?

I would strongly recommend not storing live oysters on or under dry ice. Dry ice is significantly colder than conventional ice and will very likely kill them (quite possibly by freezing them). In addition, as dry ice melts (sublimates) it
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Can you freeze mussels in their shells?

There’s a fair amount of conflicting info on this.  We think you’ll better preserve their quality by freezing the mussel meats out of their shells and generally recommend doing that instead.  They’ll freeze faster, have less contact with air during
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Can you freeze sweetbreads?

Absolutely. In fact, doing so is quite common and highly recommended. Sweetbreads, like most other organ meats/offal, are extremely perishable.  Our grain-fed veal sweetbreads are stored and sold frozen, and should be used within a day of thawing. – Question
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How long can I store fresh white truffles in the fridge?

How long depends on the variety, how you store them (storage tips), and who you got them from (how fresh they were on shipment). Italian White Truffles: Our Alba truffles should last for up to six days after arrival. Our
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Can you freeze fresh oysters?

You can indeed freeze fresh oysters. They should be frozen when quite fresh and pre-shucked. Their texture will be softer when thawed, only suitable for cooked oyster recipes. The Florida Department of health recommends storing frozen oysters for only 3-4
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Can you store dried mushrooms by vacuum pack without freezing?

You can absolutely vacuum pack dried mushrooms for storage.  It’s worth noting that they’re very well preserved already though (preserving their flavor for a year or longer in an air-tight bag), so most people find doing so unnecessary.  They certainly
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I want to cook frozen mussels…when should I take them out of the freezer?

We can’t really predict how long it will take your mussels to thaw. That’s dependent on the quantity, how they’re packaged, your thawing method, etc. If you’re using a commercially frozen product, check the packaging or try contacting the manufacturer
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How long can you keep frozen lobster before it goes bad?

The shelf life of frozen lobster really depends on how it was packaged and frozen. Our commercially frozen lobster tails should stay fresh for six months, probably longer. Other companies’ lobster may last longer (or for less time) depending on
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Can I freeze St. Andre cheese?

We’ve never tested freezing St. Andre triple cream cheese, but in general we don’t recommend freezing fine cheeses.  Freezing can damage their flavor and texture.  It’s best to enjoy them while they’re fresh. – Question Submitted by Don T.

How do I store/prolong the shelf life of Szechuan buttons?

Szechuan buttons (aka buzz buttons) should be stored in their plastic clamshell in your refrigerator.  They should last up to 14 days. We’ve also discovered that they can be frozen for longer term storage.  This isn’t great for their appearance…and
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Can I freeze fresh ghost chilies?

We haven’t tested freezing fresh ghost chilies, but you should be able to do so.  We’d recommend removing their stems and following these freezing tips. Just keep in mind that their texture (and likely appearance) won’t be the same –
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How many days can I expect fresh Burgundy truffles to stay fresh in the refrigerator?

Our guess is that fresh Burgundy truffles will last three to five days after arrival, depending on the shipment and how they’re stored. Unfortunately it’s difficult to give an estimate – our sense is that it varies from shipment to
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How should I store truffle oil and how long will it last?

We recommend storing truffle oils in a cool, dark place (for example, a closet, pantry or cupboard). How long truffle oil maintains its full flavor may vary from brand to brand (different producers use very different methods and ingredients –
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Can you store leftover horseradish for later use?

Absolutely!  10lbs is a lot of fresh horseradish, but fortunately it stores well. Wrap horseradish roots in damp paper towels in zip-top bags in your refrigerator.  Check them occasionally and cut off any parts that are starting to spoil, and they
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