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Freezing Perch?
« on: Mar 03, 2010, 10:26 PM »
Hey everyone,

So I managed to get into some alright perch today. And a really nice pike as well. That is tomorrow's dinner.

I have always wondered what is the best way to freeze perch?, beside's putting it in the freezer What I am asking is I have about 8 perch I want to freeze for later on and I was wondering a good method of keeping them. I have ziploc freezer bags and now I wonder if I should...

A) Freeze em whole?
B) "10 second method" and freeze them with out guts and skin?
C) Gut em, cut the head off and freeze with skin on?

I usually eat my catch the same night but I am gonna indulge in the Pike first.
I just question cause I would like to prevent freezer burn if I can.

thanks for any advice

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #1 on: Mar 03, 2010, 11:34 PM »
All I can say is...I don't like to freeze fish filletes.  If filleted, salt bath or marianet them in the fridge. 

I will freeze the whole fish or just dressed them.  So I guess choice A or C.

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #2 on: Mar 03, 2010, 11:44 PM »
I've froze fillets for years and haven't noticed a difference between fresh and frozen. Just freeze in a bag of water.
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #3 on: Mar 04, 2010, 02:16 AM »
Cool thanks,

I am going to keep some out for tomorrow and the rest I am going to try freezing in freezer bags and the others in water in a freezer bag.

I appreciate the suggestions.



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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #4 on: Mar 04, 2010, 03:24 AM »
freezing them in the water works good
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #5 on: Mar 04, 2010, 04:51 AM »
been freezing fillets in water for years.used to use cardboard milk cartons before bags were popular. i`ve had good luck with foodsaver vacuum system also.

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #6 on: Mar 04, 2010, 06:12 AM »
Freeze them in the cheap Ziploc vacuum pump bags they last for 3 months or more when defrosting add a little whole milk in water bath it will take away any "fishy" taste from freezing.but me I like my fish fresh, and I go with the seasons. Winter yellow perch summer and spring Seabass, Fluke and Striped bass, and if I am lucky Tuna, and fall Blackfish the best!! eating good luck

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #7 on: Mar 04, 2010, 06:49 AM »
Ive been freezing perch fillets in water for a million years now.....first in the milk cartons, thanks for the memories, and now in ziplock bags...they never taste fishy or unfresh.  I am intrigued with the vaccum sealing as that is how i do all of my venison, but havent tried it on fish yet.....and back in teh day, when fishing was tough, and we used to sometimes only get a few at a time, we would freeze them whole, and when we had a bunch, thaw them and fillet em...that workded too...

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #8 on: Mar 04, 2010, 06:56 AM »
i freeze all my fish in water now. my dad argues with me every time i do it, dont bring me any of that fish that gets frozen that way. well sorry dad the last 5 years all the fish you have been eating has been that way. when i freeze my fillets i leave the skins on their easier to pull apart when their still a little stiff. after a litttle practice you'll see that skin to skin is easier to pull apart frozen than flesh to flesh is
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #9 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:08 AM »
1) put ziplock bag flat on counter top
2) place fillets flat in ziplock bag
3) close ziplock bag but leave tiny hole to fill with water
4) fill with water and push air out
5) stack bags of fish flat in freezer for freezing.
6) done.
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #10 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:29 AM »
The best way is with a vaccume sealer.  Second best would be in water.  If you eat them in a month or two a freexer bag would be ok.  I flay them and never had a problem even a year later.

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #11 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:44 AM »
1) put ziplock bag flat on counter top
2) place fillets flat in ziplock bag
3) close ziplock bag but leave tiny hole to fill with water
4) fill with water and push air out
5) stack bags of fish flat in freezer for freezing.
6) done.

been doing that way for years also and it works well.

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #12 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:55 AM »
Ditto
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #13 on: Mar 04, 2010, 09:20 AM »
I soak my fillets in salt water for a couple of hours first. Don't think muddiness is a word but I am still using it  ;D ;D lol. It firms them up really nice and pulls out any "muddiness" that might be in them.  I then put the fillets in freezer bags with fresh water.  Very seldom do my fish have freezer burn or taste fishy, even if they have been frozen for six months or more. I also scale all my panfish except perch.  I leave the skin on because I love the flavor it gives the fish and when frying it holds them together.

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #14 on: Mar 04, 2010, 11:39 AM »
I soak my fillets in salt water for a couple of hours first. Don't think muddiness is a word but I am still using it  ;D ;D lol. It firms them up really nice and pulls out any "muddiness" that might be in them.  I then put the fillets in freezer bags with fresh water.  Very seldom do my fish have freezer burn or taste fishy, even if they have been frozen for six months or more. I also scale all my panfish except perch.  I leave the skin on because I love the flavor it gives the fish and when frying it holds them together.
Definately freeze them in water. whatever you want to use Milk caton, bread baking tins ot zip lock. water keeps a fresh taste.

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #15 on: Mar 04, 2010, 02:01 PM »
+15 on freeze them in water, I now just use the cheapest 1 gallon baggies that Wal-mart sells, the ones with the tie wrap, but I don't use the tie wrap, I put the fillets in the bag fill it with cold water just so it covers the fish, squeeze the bag till all the air is out and water is coming out the top get as much water out as you want just so the fillets are still covered, then spin the bag twisting it and tie a knot in the bag, and put in freezer, done deal. You can get a pack of 100 bags for a couple bucks. Then to thaw them I just soak the bag in water in the sink a hour or so and they are thawed. The fillets have a better texture if you keep them very cold before you cook them, don't let the fillets get warm, I thaw them until I just have to beak a little ice off them with my fingers before I bread them and throw them in the pan. Geez now my mouth is watering.
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #16 on: Mar 04, 2010, 04:58 PM »
I use the FoodSaver as well. If I don't have enough for a meal I freeze them in an oversize bag. Then when I want to add more just open the bag, add fillets, and reseal. My buddy just had walleye that I froze two years ago for him and he reported that it was as good as fresh.
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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #17 on: Mar 04, 2010, 09:56 PM »
I've froze fillets for years and haven't noticed a difference between fresh and frozen. Just freeze in a bag of water.
that is what I do

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #18 on: Mar 04, 2010, 11:01 PM »
if you dont have a vacuum sealer then the ol water brick and ziplock will work...but since i purchased a foodsaver id rather eat a merganser than eat fish from a water brick...id rather buy a new food saver than invest in a flasher HANDS DOWN!...great for everything from vegetables to venison worth the investment

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Re: Freezing Perch?
« Reply #19 on: Mar 05, 2010, 06:04 PM »
I've froze fillets for years and haven't noticed a difference between fresh and frozen. Just freeze in a bag of water.
ditto on the water and bag/container-works great and can last a year or more and still taste like ya just caught em

 

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