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

    Ive always frozen my crappie in ziplocs filled with water. Has anyone had much experience using a vaccuum sealing for crappie? My refrigerator has a small freezer and I was wondering if vaccuum sealing is just as good?

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    The best method I have heard was to freeze the fillets and mist with water from a spray bottle to form an ice film. Then vacuum seal. I have not done any fish. I have done beef and chicken, and vegetables. It does draw a lot of the blood and juice out of a steak. They still cook up fine.
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    I still freeze mine in water
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    You can put a paper towel in with the fillets in your vac sealer bag. It grabs all the moisture and prevents it from getting sucked up into your vac sealer. Makes a great seal every time and easy to do.
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    Went from water bags to vacuumed seal a long time ago. Fish stay fresher and really reduces clutter for storage in freezer. I rinse mine and pat dry before sealing. Some prefer to partially freeze on cookie sheet before sealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cray View Post
    Went from water bags to vacuumed seal a long time ago. Fish stay fresher and really reduces clutter for storage in freezer. I rinse mine and pat dry before sealing. Some prefer to partially freeze on cookie sheet before sealing.
    How long have you had them keep for?
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    in bags with water here. I do way too many to fool with the vac. that thing usually only comes out for deer season or smoked salmon batches.
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    I vacuum mine, Have keep fish up to 1.5yrs. And they are still good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly4panfish View Post
    Ive always frozen my crappie in ziplocs filled with water. Has anyone had much experience using a vaccuum sealing for crappie? My refrigerator has a small freezer and I was wondering if vaccuum sealing is just as good?
    Ice glaze them...lay the fillets out on a cookie sheet , freeze for 2 hour, then dip them in ice water to form an ice glaze, then drop them in a ziplock bag for your freezer.The fillets will be individually coated in ice. The beauty of this is, you don't have to thaw out a whole bag of fish, just grab what you need for your fish fry.
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    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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