Author Topic: How long is too long?  (Read 5055 times)

GooserWI

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How long is too long?
« on: Dec 08, 2015, 07:02 PM »
How long do you keep your catch in the freezer? If i'm able to, maybe 3 months? Does this seem too long to keep frozen? I use a vacuum sealer to store meats and fish to maintain it good for prolong periods.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 2015, 07:43 PM »
My uncle is a butcher and he told me as long as you fillet them frozen or semi frozen, then package and freeze its good for about 4 months. the key is to not let it thaw completely while cleaning the fish. I usually keep mine less than 2 months. nothing worse than wasting fish.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 08, 2015, 07:46 PM »
It depends on the fat content. Fatty fish lose their flavor quickly. Trout are best before 6-8 wks.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 2015, 08:42 PM »
Nice, I learned something new, process fish while frozen = lasts longer.

Thanks for the advice.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 09, 2015, 06:33 AM »
No problem.   ;D

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 09, 2015, 06:38 AM »
I vac seal mine too. But I've found fish that have been in the freezer for a year, ate it and never died once and it tasted fine.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 09, 2015, 11:07 AM »
Quote from: Spider1
But I've found fish that have been in the freezer for a year, ate it and never died once and it tasted fine.
Good thing you haven't died once, it'd be kind of hard to die twice! ;D I've eaten year old vacuum sealed fish too and it tasted fine. Use your judgment.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 09, 2015, 01:19 PM »
Put water in the bag and freeze it into a block of ice. No freezer burn and  will keep for at least a year.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 09, 2015, 02:22 PM »
I agree with Sir, depends on if they are oily or fatty fish. Salmon/tuna doesn't age well in the freezer, best to eat it as soon as possible. White, flaky fish like perch or walleye you can get away with several months or more easily.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 09, 2015, 09:39 PM »
last year a gentlemen in Montana got arrested for having more than his possession limit on trout and it included canned as well as frozen fish. I vacuum seal my fish, but I prefer to eat it before it hits the freezer and consume it as fast as I catch it (except for those headed to the smoker). The way I figure it , fish stay fresher when they are swimming in the water.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #10 on: Dec 10, 2015, 01:37 PM »
I clean, fillet and place in zip lock, add water to cover completely, and freeze...have had year old fish that have had no problems.  If I suspect freezer burn I throw away.  But 95% thaw fine...I usually deep fry mine with a beer batter and have at a party...so most people are half cocked anyway and wouldn't be able to tell if there bad or not  ;D
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 10, 2015, 03:24 PM »
Thatta Boyyyy :cookoo: :thumbsup:

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #12 on: Dec 11, 2015, 11:47 AM »
i use freezer bags put meat in bag fill with water and freeze last atleast a year  still taste great..also have heard of using cardboard milk jugs   

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #13 on: Dec 11, 2015, 12:56 PM »
i use freezer bags put meat in bag fill with water and freeze last atleast a year  still taste great..also have heard of using cardboard milk jugs
i have had fish in deep freeze for 1 season,frozen in water you get no burn
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #14 on: Dec 11, 2015, 03:56 PM »
Not sure because all of ours gets ate within a month or two...usually quicker.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #15 on: Dec 11, 2015, 10:02 PM »
I have tried seal- a- meal bags and freezing them in a block of ice.  Block of ice is better I think.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #16 on: Dec 12, 2015, 12:28 AM »
I eat it a year later and like others have said water in a ziplock bag and freeze.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #17 on: Dec 12, 2015, 09:09 AM »
My bro's and I used to do the old 'water in a jug' trick a few years back. What I find works better is to wrap a piece of fish in Saran wrap---roll it on the wrap and tuck the ends in so that it's completely sealed and won't unwrap. Then put it in a freezer bag.

This prevent freezer burn but fatty fish lose their flavor by other means---it seems the oil in the fish migrates into the muscle and sort of goes rancid(off in taste anyway).
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #18 on: Dec 14, 2015, 08:03 PM »
I keep enough for two meal, don't have to worry about burn or fillets getting lost in the shuffle. Another plus is I have an excuse to go out again. ;)

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #19 on: Dec 15, 2015, 08:15 AM »
one of my pet peeves---people who kill fish only to freeze it---and say they will eat it later---or the famous one-i will give it away---i will only freeze fish for 1 or 2 weeks max----PEOPLE IF YOUR NOT PLANNING TO EAT SOME FISH THEN DONT KILL SOME FISH---

 


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