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Freezing Crappie


Beau Butler's picture

By Beau Butler - Posted on 26 May 2010

Ok, wondering how all you guys freeze those wonderful filets we all catch. Would like to see some discussion on this. Let's hear it.

danny malone's picture

Beau, we freeze 8 to 10 fillets depending on size in FREEZER Bags with water added to nearly fill bags. works for us.

Ray's picture

We do the same as Danny said. We put 8 to 10 fillets on a quart freezer bag and fill with water. The important part is making sure there is plenty of water to cover the fillets. When I freeze large portions say 16 fillets I put them in a Gallon bag and also fill with water. The crappiei will keep a long time this way but 6 months is my time limit.

Ray

danny malone's picture

Beau, let me complete my report, i used qt. size freezer bags and the reason we put 8 to 10 is that's the amount wife and i eat at one time.

Beau Butler's picture

I use to do the same thing. However, fish seem to get mushy when you thawed them out. Started using a vacuum sealer, Food Saver, I wash my fish, pat them a little drier, then vacuum seal. So far, fish are just as flaky (why I love crappiei) as when you first catch them. They thaw a lot quicker as well. I am hoping this will be the case this winter, after being in the freezer for 6 months. Friend of mine claims they will be the same 2 yrs from now.

Ray's picture

Hey Beau which model do you have? I would like to try one. The space that this could save in the freezer seems like it would be a big deal. What is the longest you have kept crappiei froze this way and ate them?

Ray

Beau Butler's picture

Ray, Right now I can only say a couple of months, because that's how long I've had it. I can already tell you it works great, not mushy and saves a ton of space in the freezer. I got the Deluxe Plus Model, mainly because our local store had it on sale for $134.00 complete with the rolls of material and bags. With the rolls you can make any size bag you want.
As a side note, I even keep my boat papers and fishing lic. in a vacuum sealed bag on the boat with no worry of moisture getting to them.

Ray's picture

I am ordering me one. Thanks for the tip. I have wondered about these in the past but just wasn't sure they worked as stated.

Ray

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