How long do you keep fish in freezer - what does your freezer look like?

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  1. geebee

    geebee My Member is Well-Known

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    so how long do you keep well sealed vacuum packed fish in the freezer - and eat it - before you toss it

    Mine seem to sit there after a couple months

    I just fed the eels and seagulls my 2017 tuna and yellowtail at sunset cliffs

    What do serious fishermen's freezers look like

    Here’s mine with pieces of two bluefin on ice (I’m a lightweight)

    I did my own vacuuming sealing

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    Hopefully you don't attract sharks i'm surfing there this weekend.
     
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    No pics, but my 5 Star processed fish is good for a year or longer if handled gently. I’ll go through my packs looking for packages where the integrity is not at 100%. Those get eaten first.
     
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    use a manual-defrosting freezer and you'll be good for over a year. the auto-defrost function works via freezing/thawing/freezing/thawing...….
     
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    gently helps maintain the vacuum integrity - right

    if you are eating frozen fish a year later - you are doing something right

    i think my freezer may be crap - it doesn't help i left the door open a few times
     
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    Three years......no problem cooked. For Sashimi 6 months max.
     
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    I have successfully kept albacore up to four years. Vacuumed packed in very good bags, quick frozen (salt-ice bath) and stored in a no-defrost chest freezer at 9 to 10 degrees below zero.
     
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    Having a dedicated frost free freezer is the ticket. It stays well below freezing and as long as the vacuum is maintained, the fillets will have zero freezer burn.

    Unrelated- one time we were evacuated from fires for a few weeks. The electricity was out. Got home and the smell of approx 150# of rotted fish greeted me. On the bright side, insurance covered a new freezer and reimbursed the fish at market rate.
     
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    I just made fish tacos with some wahoo from my trip last December and the fish was great right out of the bags. I have a freezer just for fish to keep it in
     
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    As others said, manual defrost freezer and vac sealed, you get a couple of years no prob
     
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    I try to give all the fish away when it still fresh to all my friends! If I have leftovers I vacuum seal it and freeze it and then I pass it out and use it within a few months! But most the time I don’t freeze the fish as it does change the taste for me! That being said I’m looking for a canning system for the holidays!
    That way I have to go fishing more often!

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    Chamber sealer is a deal changer
     
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    Vacmaster sealed. Looks perfect for months and months.

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    A dedicated freezer helps.

    The frost free feature on most home models is not good for long term storage
     
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    That is probably the only "legal" way to collect money for sport caught fish.

    Well done, but sorry you lost you frozen fish.
     
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    If your making tacos with it,frozen for a long time doesn’t matter,as salsa,cabbage,onions,Mexican cream,lime,and maybe even some guacamole removes all freezer taste! JS
     
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    After a year in the freezer I like to smoke what is left.
     
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    at $1000 on amazon - sweet

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    my reefer is definitely the problem

    it runs on the warm side of safe freeze zone
    self defrosting type (intermittently heats up to defrost)

    i've been very lightly freezing the meat before vacuuming it to help keep the juices from running out and interfering with the seal

    but i'm wondering if the best way is to first wet the meat to help form a water layer around the meat - then lightly freeze to harden the outer ice layer - then bag, vacuum and seal??
     
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    i'm also wondering - tuna - if you:

    seal the filet with the bloodline intact, or
    cut or peal it out, then seal

    do you cook it with the bloodline or peal it out after it's cooked

    some people may like the bloodline taste - too fishy for me
     

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