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Old 01-04-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default How do you pack fish for the freezer?

Ok, last night I noticed two bags of Swordfish with freezer burn and only 4 months old.Not exactly what we would like to eat. Through the years I have packed fish in water, not in water and even used Food Processors (expensive, time consuming and the processors wear out quickly).

So, my question is how do you prepare or pack your fish for freezing?
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Vacuum pack is the only way to go. I have not had any freezer burn after I started to vacuum seal all my fish and other freezer stuff for that matter.
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Air is the enemy. Freezing fish in water works, but it is bulky, heavy, messy and a general pain. I would invest in a good quality vacuum sealer.
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after cleaning my filets or steaks, i shake as much water off of em as i can, throw em in a zip lock bag, zip to about 3/4 of the way and roll and squeeze as much of the air as i can out and then just zip the rest. i am looking at getting into a vacuum sealer though and most of the time i eat my fish within a month.
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OK, thanks for the info. I have burned up 2 Vacuum Sealers in short order. It a Food Processor 550. Has anyone had better success with another Vacuum Sealer?
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Magic236 (1/4/2008)OK, thanks for the info. I have burned up 2 Vacuum Sealers in short order. It a Food Processor 550. Has anyone had better success with another Vacuum Sealer?
I have one of the Food Saver brand sealers. I will have to check when I get home which model it is. I paid $179.00 for it about 1.5 years ago and it's still going strong. I actually bought it for my wife and I use it more than she does.
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Default RE: How do you pack fish for the freezer?

I have had a Seal A Meal machine for over 20 years. There was a few years that I didn't use it, but it still works. With Zip lock bags you can sink them in water after the fish/meat is in and the water will push the air out and then zip them up.
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My Foodsaver is running great on its 4th year. I couldnt begin to guess how many lbs of fish, venison and various other things I have used it for, but make no mistake, it's a ton!!!!
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Well I am convinced, going to get one this weekend!!
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the Food Saver is the only way to go. a bit expensive but well worth the money. my wife bought me a marinade attachment for christmas. best steaks i have ever eaten. i just cleaned and packed away a whole deer last weekend and the food saver didn't even hick up.
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