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Old 11-12-2007, 10:39 AM   #1
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I have froze fish the old-school way by freezing it in water. Is there a better way ? how about the vacuum pack machines you can buy at walmart ?
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:53 AM   #2
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pappastratos- how about the vacuum pack machines you can buy at walmart ?
They work great. Be sure to dry fillets with paper towels before you vac & seal 'em.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:16 PM   #3
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I have an old seal a meal machine that I have been using for years and it's great. Reynolds has a new product out that I saw On Tv last week. Zip lock typebags with a pump to suck the air out.
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agree with the vac-seal machines. just dont go cheap on the bags. i use the more expensive brand at walmart. have tried their brand and the other brand. trust me, not worth it. also agree with paper towle pat-down. i go one step further and fold a one inch strip of paper towel and put it in the bag before the melt point to soak up any residual moisture to ensure a better seal. just remember if you leave any bones sticking through the flesh then you'll get a puncture either right away or after you put in freezer.

i also use one of those real big perm markers for fish type and date. dont bother with a regular pen.
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Agree about the bags.I get the Seal a meal brand at Sam's Club. Big rolls of several sizes. If you cut them a little big the first time you can wash them a reuse them. Saves a lot of money.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:09 PM   #6
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Get a vacuum packing machine. There are many different kinds to choose from, I have an old food saver brand that works fine. You could probably get one better than the one I have for around $50. As far as bags I use Black & decker kind.Get the roll and cut the bags to the size you need.Date them before you pack em. Dry your fish before you pack em, and if I'm doning a big bag I use the piece of paper towel at the top to soak up any excess water. Water will keep it from sealing. I used to make the bags bigger and reuse them but saving and cleaning all of those old fishy bags was a pain in the ass, plus some of them would leak the second time around and I just didn't trust them. I just cut them about the size I need and throw them away when I'm done. A roll lasts a long time and doen't cost that much
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:27 PM   #7
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As everyone else has said, vacuum sealing is the way to go. Before my last trip overseas I had a few lbs of grouper and BFT sealed and frozen. Cooked em up about 8 months later and they were still in perfect condition.

I definately recommend the FoodSavers:

http://www.foodsaver.com/Products.aspx?categoryid=555

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Old 11-13-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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Are the $50-75.00 vacuum sealers good ? Like those at Walmart ?
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:44 PM   #9
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I have the "Food Saver Pro" I had the Food Saver for 9 years and it took a dump during deer season.

The Pro series is $189 at Sport Academy, I also use the Food Saver bags..

I believe the bags are what counts.
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:16 PM   #10
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Food savers are great, they also come with canisters that vacume seal . Also for the winos out there you can buy a wine bottle sealers ( all I ever end up is with empty bottles but hear they work ):letsdrink
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