Freezing or vacuum sealing fish

7/7/15 @ 7:41 AM
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mayo16
mayo16
USER since 5/23/12
I have always froze my fish in zip lock bags in water. Problem with that is freezer space. I have just recently tried vacuum sealing them. But the seal doesn't stay all the time. Which is time consuming. So if anyone has input on better way to vacuum seal them or just a better way to freeze them your input would be appropriate. Thanks.
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7/8/15 @ 1:41 PM
mayo16
mayo16
USER since 5/23/12
Thanx for all the good input on this topic. Much appreciated.

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7/8/15 @ 10:02 AM
hunt2labs
hunt2labs
USER since 4/9/03
To keep liquid from fish or meat from getting drawn into the vacuum sealer, put it in freezer first on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Once fillet is semi solid, vacuum away without all the juice getting in the way of the heat seal.

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7/7/15 @ 4:49 PM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06
I cannot imagine not having my vacuum sealer. I freeze up a bunch of salmon every summer and eat the last few fillets in early spring with no leakage or freezer burn. Ditto on double sealing the bags. I used to have an occasional "leaker", but after double sealing no incidents at all. Big Smile

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7/7/15 @ 11:18 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
MEMBER since 12/22/04
get the liquid lock vacuum seal bags...they work a lot better

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7/7/15 @ 9:37 AM
migr8r
migr8r
USER since 2/8/11
I find freezing salmon or trout is best when cut into portion size pieces and wrapped tightly in regular old plastic wrap. The key is keeping air off the meat and plastic wrap does it well plus I don't have to worry about the vacuum seal. I never experimented how long it'll stay good because I eat or give away frozen fish within a few months.

I freeze all my game meat (mostly turkey and waterfowl) in plastic wrap and I have had no problems up to a year.

One thing with vacuum sealed anything is to cut the bag open to break the seal before thawing (or unthawing as it is typically said in WI). Thawing anything while still sealed in a vacuum will suck the moisture out.

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7/7/15 @ 8:07 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01
Are you getting rid of any water from the fillets before sealing? Water getting sucked onto the surface of the bag that is being sealed can cause the seal to not set correctly. I usually place the fillets in the bag and pop them in the freezer for an hour or so before sealing. I’ve also folded up a paper towel and lined the bag from side to side just inside of where you will make the seal to absorb any water that is pulled towards the vacuum sealer.

I don’t typically keep enough fish to have a need for long-term freezer storage but I have noticed that fillets don’t keep as well in vacuum sealed freezer bags as they do in a block of water. I had cleaned enough bluegills a year ago in spring and froze them in a Ziploc bag full of water for a party last summer that never happened. I thawed them for a fish fry this past weekend and they were still very good. I wouldn’t have tried that with year-old vacuum sealed fish.

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