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Thread: Which is method is better vaccuum sealed or freezing in water for crappie fillets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy1 View Post
    I bag mine and lay flat in the freezer for 2 1/2 - 3 hours prior to vacuum sealing, eliminates the juice being sucked during sealing and causing poor seals.


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    I lay fillets on a towel and fold it over and press to remove excess liquid. Vacuum seal and they last at least two years for me.

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    Dry breading,Cookie sheet,freezer, vaccum packed. Grab a packed of fish,pry the fillets apart with a butter knife in to the pan or fat fryer still froze.Freezer to the plate in twenty minutes.
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    That is fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usafret99 View Post
    I lay fillets on a towel and fold it over and press to remove excess liquid. Vacuum seal and they last at least two years for me.
    You sir are a genius! I like this better than packing my fillets in bags with paper towels. I'll use your method from now on!
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    I use the ziplock bag and water method, had fish get lost in the freezer for over 2 years and still were like fresh fish. A method to store multiple quart bags is to drink a lot of beer and save the 12 pack carton, then use the carton cut in half , you can get 4 or 5 bags in one depending on how much water or fish you put in. I mark the outside of the carton with date and what kind of fish. The bags just come to the top of the box and make storage a lot better

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    My “Pop” used to freeze crappie in Ĺ gallon cardboard milk cartons. He’d save them up, and when he caught fish he would place the fillets in the carton, top it off with water and put it in the freezer

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    You can vacuum seal using a 5 gallon bucket and freezer bags . Fill bag and slide down the bucket wall . The air will be forced out of the bag . Zip it shut and you are complete .I find this or water works well . I bought a small freezer for deer /fish or the vacuum would be my choice . Water takes up space but vacuum seal to me does not improve taste . I also put up fish to have 2 times a month for three people and over a 5 yr. study I need no more than 75 crappie a year along with 75 bream 50 Catfish . Those females that spend a spring in a freezer is bad management .
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    Iíve used those screw top plastic containers for about 10 years now. Put your fillets in, rinse and fill with water. Leave an inch of head space so they donít pop open when they freeze. Always worked out good and they stack up nice In the freezer. I did however buy a food saver that Iíve been using for everything else and Iím going to try it with fish this spring.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle 1 View Post
    You can vacuum seal using a 5 gallon bucket and freezer bags . Fill bag and slide down the bucket wall . The air will be forced out of the bag . Zip it shut and you are complete .I find this or water works well . I bought a small freezer for deer /fish or the vacuum would be my choice . Water takes up space but vacuum seal to me does not improve taste . I also put up fish to have 2 times a month for three people and over a 5 yr. study I need no more than 75 crappie a year along with 75 bream 50 Catfish . Those females that spend a spring in a freezer is bad management .
    Sir I liked your last sentence.

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