Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Moneymerse

Fillet of fish

22 posts in this topic

What is everyone's  routine when they are about to freeze fish to eat later. 

Should you put water in the bag before you freeze? What are the pros and cons of doing that?

 

 

Please chime in with your two cents 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to use the water method in 1/2 gallon milk cartons but now use a vacuum sealer. For both methods the goal is to prevent air coming in contact with the fish. I prefer the vacuum seal method. You can thaw the fish out quicker.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With oily fish, like Salmon or Trout I vacuum seal. For white fleshed fish I do the bag and water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

zip lock bag and water. I squeeze out most of the water. 

 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

Same thing. But, I squeeze out the air only leaving water!  Air is what causes freezer burn.

 

LOL no air in bag silly. 

nice and flat, no air

 

DSC_5174.jpg

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Used to freeze with water in ziplock but now also vacuum seal.  I just pulled a forgotten batch of March LOW saugs and of the 8 fillets 2 of them tasted fishy so a little burned.  I don't like to keep fish that long but it got lost in the freezer.  I have since switch from Foodsaver brand bags to Ziplock brand and I really like those as they are thicker and seal much nicer.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

try food vac bags from amazon smile.  I use the quart size for other stuff.  100 for 20 bucks.  I cut them in half for jerky.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, eyeguy 54 said:

 

LOL no air in bag silly.

nice and flat, no air

 

DSC_5174.jpg

What your number system? 5 gills? May 2016?  Mines like 2 eye's and date.

Edited by leech~~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for everyones thoughts. I'm gonna go with little water and make sure it's air tight. 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually 5 grand hidden in the ice... ;) 

 

5 gills.   they dont last long enough to date. :) 

1 minute ago, Moneymerse said:

Thanks for everyones thoughts. I'm gonna go with little water and make sure it's air tight. 

 

I just use quart bags. half full of water then squeeze. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
38 minutes ago, eyeguy 54 said:

 

I just use quart bags. half full of water then squeeze.

 

Like OMG me to me to! Are we brothers? :lol:

Edited by leech~~
1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I never tried it but i might.  I saw a gal on a food channel of some sort fill the sink with water and then push the opened zip lock bag into the water just far enough to push the air out.  Kind of a poor man's vacuum sealer i guess.  i usually vacuum seal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Blackhawkxp said:

I never tried it but i might.  I saw a gal on a food channel of some sort fill the sink with water and then push the opened zip lock bag into the water just far enough to push the air out.  Kind of a poor man's vacuum sealer i guess.  i usually vacuum seal.

 

sounds like a waste of water :)

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Vac seal it, but before you do give it a wrap with saran wrap and get the air out. The second barrier really does a good job in helping prevent freezer burn. I use this method to put salmon/halibut away in the summer and its still good when Im eating the last pieces in the spring. 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Simple solution to all of this! Eat the fish right away, and if you have to many invite a few friends over to eat. In exchange you tell them to give them one or two of their hotspots;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Vac seal my salmon and halibut. Everything else I just throw in a bag I usually only keep enough for two meals. One meal I eat right away and the second I freeze and usually eat soon after. If I go on a trip or some lake we hammer them I usually give my share to the guys that have kids.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tried them all.  A good vacuum packer will pay off.  I too all fish in vacuum, plus cheese, veggies, other meat.  I fish tuna and other ocean fish when in San Diego.   My processor vacuum packs all and ships them here.  Out of a couple hundred pounds of fish filet(I ship them to daughter, brother, etc as well) my estimate is that less than 5% are not in good a year.  

But, you need to be attentive with vacuum packing or you will not be successful.  I fished habit and ling in Alaska at a lodge different them my usual and their vacuum packing and being careless caused about 50% of the bags to lose seal forcing me to repack at home.

If worried about cost, buy a refurbished one--ours has lasted 4 years with lots of packing.

tight lines

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I second everyone saying vacuum seal it, I know it costs a bit but they save a lot of money in the long run. You can use them to save money in more inventive ways too lol. In fairness, since I bought mine I bulk buy a lot of stuff and freeze it, much cheaper. Make sure there is ZERO air left in, this is what causes problems. The more you practice this gets easier.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I 2nd live4chrome's method as I just use Saran or cling wrap. I take 1 fish & carefully wrap it, squeezing all the air out when done wrapping, then throw them in a ziplock bag. Before putting the bag in the freezer I'll try to get most of the air out of the bag but that doesn't seem to make that much difference. It works great as I can just pull out any # of fish I want at any time. I try not to let any get that old but I've found some that were forgotten & close to a year old, that were still OK. I used to double wrap them in the cling wrap but not anymore. Much easier IMO & fits my needs perfectly

Edited by gunner55

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Vacuum seal mine now. Previously I used ziplock bags and remove all air and most water so they lay flat. Freezer burn doesn't have to mean throw the whole thing away either. All freezer burn is, is dehydrated meat so it loses its flavor. Just cut off the burn and the rest is good. I've pulled fish out of the freezer years later and it was fine. 

 

I vacuum pack all my venison too. Just last week I found a package of ground venison from 2013. It looked like a slight burn on the edges but I just mixed it all together and it was as good as it was in 2013. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All depends on taste buds :)

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now



  • Posts

    • LoisBrowder
      So, funny pictures!
    • ZachD
      In my eyes anywhere on the Rum is great for smallies. So far this year everytime I have been out the levels have been great even after all the rain we had just had to wait a couple days and the water was great. I put in at the Anoka fair grounds and travel up river
    • ZachD
      (Too much mercury may affect a child’s behavior and lead to learning problems later in life.) That would explain some of the backwoods people     All jokes aside I would limit it to one serving a month for being pregnant or breast feeding for Bass, Catfish, Trout, Walleye, northern like they say   "Young children (under 15 years old) and fetuses are more sensitive to mercury. Too much mercury can cause lasting problems with understanding and learning. But studies show children benefit developmentally when moms eat fish low in mercury during pregnancy. "   Just because you are not glowing doesn't mean its necessarily healthy for a fetus it takes awhile for it to build up in a healthy adult that's just my           Methylmercury exposure in Wisconsin: A case study series” (2005)
      This articles describes exposure of 14 people who at fish two times a week or more and one person who ate no fish. "Three of the individuals reported vague subclinical symptoms such as mental confusion, sleep difficulty, balance problems, or visual disturbances, which improved after their mercury levels returned to  
    • trumy
      I belive you need to pick up permit day before you enter when getting a motor day use permit that's how it works on snowbank 
    • Smythe
      I'm heading up to Blackduck for the long July 4th weekend and we are hoping on maybe getting out on Red for a day.  I've only ice fished it twice,  so I'm wondering about the best places to launch the boat.  It looks like there is only the one public launch in Waskish.  The 2 times I ice fished up there we went out of JR's Corner resort.  Would it be best to just launch from one of the resorts.  Any advice would be appreciated,  thanks in advance.      
    • waterspaniel
      6/17-24 at LaBelle's Birch Point lodge in NW Bay.   walleyes seemed scattered--trolled crankbaits and lindy-rigged leaches.  cool, wet, windy weather half the week.  no bass.
    • monstermoose78
      Juan that is great area for smallies. The water looks clear for the rum it's time. It's a long way to the next landing so you might want put in in Princeton and fish to that access You can get out at highway 47 so that is not to bad. I forgot about that I was thinking you had get almost to Cambridge.
    • gus004
      Thanks for the update.  Keep this updated.  Heading up on Saturday for the week and need to dial in the bait for the week or if we are going to be spending all day looking for active fish.  
    • Satchmo
      Been a decent year on Kab, but the variable weather has fishing in an unpredictable pattern too. Much like last year, saugers have made up a big chunk of the catch, but walleyes are coming around. LOTS of small 9"-11" 'eyes around mixed with some 15"-16" 'eyes and sauger. Some folks are still picking up some of the jumbo perch too. Little pike are everywhere and quite the nuisance.
    • fivebucks
      You kind of hit the weather bad this past weekend.  Wind, rain, and more wind not to mention cold fronts moving thru.  I was on the lake my cabin is on in the general area of Red and I had a tough time scrapping together a meal - and I've fished the lake for 15+ years.  Sometimes mother nature throws you a curve and no matter how good the lake is sometimes it doesn't matter.