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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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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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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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The Food Saver brand bags/rolls are more expensive than other brands but they are thicker and vacuum better so it's worth the extra money.
 

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Food Saver seems to be a decent product. I picked mine up at Sams as a package deal with bags and canisters with attachment couple years ago. I had some snapper the other night thats been frozen for 6 months, and was surprised how fresh it tasted, like I just fileted it.

 

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I also have the Food Saver, I think the pro or something. They are not completely easy on the wallet but it has gotten me through years of use so far!
 

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I have been using the same food saver for 4 years and have put up hundreds of pounds of food.

I dry the filets off so water won't get into the vacuum pump, I pack the filetsin the bottom of the freezer bag to push the air outand then fashion a kotex from a paper towel and put that in the bag on top of the filet to pick up any extra juice that gets sucked out.

Snapper holds up well about 6 months after that I notice some freezer burn. I may not be keeping my freezer cold enough it is a cheap upright and runs constantly.
 

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A box of bags at is $35 for two rolls of small and two large. I usually make the bags a little larger than I need the first time then cut it open right at the seal . They clean up real easy and I use them over again. Some times 3-4 times.
 

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when our Food Saver "died" after a very successful Louisanna fishing trip, we contacted manufactor and they sent a new and inproved model at NO expense. So keep those papers....just in case. We were impressed with the rapid response. And those machines do work wonders for keeping fish fresh.
 

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Get the FoodSaver model where you just press a button to use the vacuum. The less expensive models you have to press the lid down with your hand and hold it for about 10 seconds.

The pushbutton model is well worth the extra cash.

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Also, always better to spend a little more and get the more expensive zip lock freezer bags...Someone I know had a few leaks recently and had to toss some snapper...d'oh!:banghead
 
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