Author Topic: How long is too long?  (Read 5050 times)

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #20 on: Dec 15, 2015, 01:38 PM »
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---
I'll eat it when I want to eat it...one day, one week or next year!  I only get so many days to fish, but eat everyday...sometimes I like to save it for a special occasion.  I didn't say I catch, freeze and throw away.  Btw, I gave some away yesterday...they thawed it and ate it, and LOVED it.  Sorry.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #21 on: Dec 16, 2015, 06:18 PM »
I'll eat it when I want to eat it...one day, one week or next year!  I only get so many days to fish, but eat everyday...sometimes I like to save it for a special occasion.  I didn't say I catch, freeze and throw away.  Btw, I gave some away yesterday...they thawed it and ate it, and LOVED it.  Sorry.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #22 on: Dec 16, 2015, 09:01 PM »
I freeze bluegill, crappie, bass, catfish in freezer bags usually without water and usually eat them within a year, never had any problems with freezer burn even with ones that are over a year

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #23 on: Dec 17, 2015, 06:55 AM »

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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---

If I catch 10 perch and a couple dozen gills and some pickerel, I ain't gonna eat it in one sitting. I freeze it in small packs so I can take it out WHEN I WANT. I don't really care what you think about it. Do it your way and I'll do it mine.

usually mine don't last more than a month but I've found a pack or 2 at the bottom that was there for who-knows-how long. Never had any go bad. I don't add water, just vac seal and freeze. I do make sure the meat is patted dry before I put it in the bag though so no ice crystals form in the bag or on the meat.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #24 on: Dec 18, 2015, 01:50 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.
   X2 just be sure the fish is covered in water. Try to get all the air out.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #25 on: Dec 18, 2015, 07:51 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.

 that works terrific.  my grandpa used to use 2l milk cartons, toss the fish in fill with water and freeze.  i've ate fish that was well over a year old and could not complain.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #26 on: Dec 27, 2015, 12:17 PM »
I'm 52 and I remember my mom when I was a youngster always froze the extra catch in milk cartons filled with water. We didn't ice fish back then. But we did have good fish in the winter. She always scaled her panfish. I must of been into my teens before I learned how to fillet.

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #27 on: Jan 24, 2016, 06:05 PM »
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---
wow...you really think a lot of yourself don't you ? How bout Ill eat MY fish when I want and you eat yours when you want ???
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #28 on: Feb 04, 2016, 06:48 PM »
Post above is true. If you freeze fish in water, there's no freezer burn. Water doesn't freezer burn.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2016, 03:21 PM »
I vacuum seal, and eat fish over a year old with no problem.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #30 on: Oct 18, 2016, 10:52 AM »
I'm 52 and I remember my mom when I was a youngster always froze the extra catch in milk cartons filled with water. We didn't ice fish back then. But we did have good fish in the winter. She always scaled her panfish. I must of been into my teens before I learned how to fillet.
65 yrs. young here and we pretty much did the same thing. Remember many a time having a big family fish fry in the dead of winter. Don't ever remember any  bad tasting fish that had been in the freezer 2-3 months tho. Just my 2cts. worth :) ;D :) ;D
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #31 on: Oct 18, 2016, 11:56 AM »
I just cooked up some trout that I vac sealed this spring. Tasted like trout to me. ;D

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #32 on: Oct 18, 2016, 12:27 PM »
I also add a little water in with the fish and vacuum seal it along with putting the date on or number the bag so I know I'm using the oldest stuff first.  I don't get to fish the open water much, too much to do in the warm weather, so I freeze all the fish I catch ice fishing, each bag has enough fish for one meal, and we eat it through the year and never had any problems. 

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #33 on: Oct 18, 2016, 01:52 PM »

I vac pac my fish , never had a package get bad , I have a few older couples and a couple widows that I supply some fish and they really appreciate it
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #34 on: Nov 24, 2016, 08:51 PM »
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---

To each, his own.  If I eat fish after a week or a year, it doesn't matter. 
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #35 on: Nov 25, 2016, 06:00 PM »
i use to jse the ziplock and water freeze kept good for a long time. however, it was a PITA to do it. My wife bought me a Food saver and bags. That is the ticket. i make small bags outta the roll. enough for two fillets. Put them in bag suck all air seal. Then when I want to eat the fish, I open the bag put them on aluminum foil on a cooking sheet frozen & put seasoning on top. put in oven at 350 for about 3-5min or until they are thawed out.Then I crank it to broil and broils for 4 min, pull out the rack and sprinkle parmasian cheese on fish then put back and broil for 3min or until done. The last 3min I microwave some butter in a small bowl.   enjoy .


 

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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #36 on: Dec 03, 2016, 12:42 PM »
We've used our Foodsaver vacuum sealer and we've never seen any freezer burn even after 2+ years in the deep freeze. We do make sure to pat dry the fish well, and then double bag if we know it will be for a long time.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #37 on: Dec 03, 2016, 05:14 PM »
We've used our Foodsaver vacuum sealer and we've never seen any freezer burn even after 2+ years in the deep freeze. We do make sure to pat dry the fish well, and then double bag if we know it will be for a long time.


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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #38 on: Dec 03, 2016, 06:00 PM »
Grew up with the water filled milk cartons. PITA if you ask me. Effective but not really friendly unless you wanted to use all the fish in a carton plus take up a lot of freezer space.

Got a vac pack. That's OK too but bags are pricey and it's a process to process.

My current procedure is this:

Plastic wrap, lay a fillet (or a row of fillets), flip over and lay another layer. This works pretty good for about 4 layers. As I roll over I'll ease air out and fold the ends of the plastic wrap in to seal. Sure, this is also a "process" but for me there's a payback. I can place multiple "bundles" into a Ziplock freezer bag and mark with the contents and date. Better, if I want to go in and peel off like two nice walleye or pike fillets, it's easy. Open it up, unroll, pop off what you want, roll it back up and put it back. EZPZ.

I think the OP had something else in mind. Perhaps they just had an experience I used to have as an itinerant freezer filler. Go to defrost/clean out your freezer only to find a bucket full of stuff that has overstayed it's welcome. Freezer burned this or that, mystery stuff unmarked for contents OR date. Stuff that winds up either in a landfill or on the raccoon feeding station.  You know, everyone's been there.

Years ago I changed my philosophy: No more than two meals of fish in the freezer. Period. If I'm fishing it's all C&R if I've got those meals in the freeze UNLESS I intend to eat it fresh that same day or the next. Just one thing that helps me manage my freezer inventory and not be wasteful, which, BTW, was what I do think the OP had in mind. Not saying this has to be the way for everyone, it's just for me and it works for what I do. Hey, if I need fish I'd better GO FISHING!

I store lots of meat like this and it's remarkable how well it lasts. We had a guy come to make venison sausage with us a few years back. He brought a tub of stuff he said he had in "one of his freezers" for 4 years. It was wrapped in plastic wrap and then freezer paper. It was crazy, not a burned spot on it. And yes, it made great sausage.

One more comment on "freezer burn". All that is is freeze dried food. If you re-hydrate it cooks up just fine as long as you incorporate lots of moisture in the cooking process. Think soup, stew or an overnight marinade before cooking. My annual "deer camp chili" is usually all the crap I clean out of the freezer that isn't fit for much else. Venison or beef piece parts that have overstayed their welcome and show it. Funny thing, once transformed into a savory chili, no one would even guess what it looked like before.

So if everyone takes deep breath and gets a little air this might even out before it gets really snarky. I think everyone can agree that wasting the resource doesn't serve anyone in anyway.
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Re: How long is too long?
« Reply #39 on: Dec 06, 2016, 01:03 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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