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#11386450 - 02/02/16 11:37 AM Freezing Crappie
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Registered: 02/09/12
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Loc: Forney, TX
Just curious as to how others preserve their fish.

How do you freeze your crappie? Do you put them in a ziplock bag with water or without water? Or do you vacuum seal them? How long are they good for if you freeze them in water -vs vacuum sealed? And how many months are considered old before you toss them out?

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#11386467 - 02/02/16 11:42 AM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Always with water - no air in the bag.

After cleaning and before bagging, I run them under cold water and firmly press the fish between my hands, with a hand washing motion.
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#11386492 - 02/02/16 11:51 AM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Vacum seal . Only way to go in my opinion .

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#11386533 - 02/02/16 12:05 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Loc: Paris Texas
Been freezing in water for 30 years, never had any that wasn't good when thawed out.

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#11386555 - 02/02/16 12:15 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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I want to vacuum seal, but haven't spent the money yet. I place mine in a freezer bag and then fill with water. Make sure you get the air out as much as possible! Works well no freezer burn!
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#11386559 - 02/02/16 12:18 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Water and freeze. Never had fish go bad. I use table salt (not much) in my water. Helps keep the meat firm when thawing.
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#11386594 - 02/02/16 12:35 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Frozen in water. I've kept them for more than a year and they were just fine.
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#11386612 - 02/02/16 12:44 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Registered: 12/30/09
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Loc: west texas
Like others have said, freeze in water. Vacuum sealed from my experience does not work near as well.

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#11386821 - 02/02/16 01:59 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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I like to vacuum seal, they take up much less room in the freezer. You can also thaw them
out much quicker than a block of ice.

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#11387026 - 02/02/16 03:13 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
smak90 Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
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Loc: Round Rock, TX
Freeze in bag with water. Just beware, if your freezer dies in July while your on a 2 week vacation, you will have a mess on your hands. Don't ask me how I know...

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#11387032 - 02/02/16 03:15 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Frozen in water. Have enough fish fries they never last longer than a year or two. But that said I'm prolly getting low or low for me as tough as Palestine has been this winter. That's usually been my winter time freezer. They never go bad or get freezer burnt if you leave em in the lake till its time to cook em!! food

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#11387086 - 02/02/16 03:36 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: shut-up-and-fish]
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Loc: Forney, TX
Originally Posted By: shut-up-and-fish

Water and freeze. Never had fish go bad. I use table salt (not much) in my water. Helps keep the meat firm when thawing.


Good suggestion by using a little salt. I'll give this a try on my next bag...

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#11387105 - 02/02/16 03:39 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: Slewfoot]
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Loc: Forney, TX
Originally Posted By: Slewfoot
Frozen in water. Have enough fish fries they never last longer than a year or two. But that said I'm prolly getting low or low for me as tough as Palestine has been this winter. That's usually been my winter time freezer. They never go bad or get freezer burnt if you leave em in the lake till its time to cook em!! food



Thanks Slewfoot. I was asking this question because somehow I have picked over a bag from July & Aug and I was wondering if they were still good or not. I'll make sure they next in line for the grease...

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#11387216 - 02/02/16 04:20 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: smove]
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Loc: Black Dog, TX
Never catch enough to really worry about it but what does make it in the freezer is usually vacuum sealed.
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#11387226 - 02/02/16 04:24 PM Re: Freezing Crappie [Re: Fooshman]
dwmoore Offline
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Registered: 10/23/07
Posts: 4187
Loc: teague,tx
I have never added water just fill the bag mash out air freeze.Never had any burn.Darrell
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