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#12752164 - 05/11/18 06:33 PM Freezing Crappie Filets
Buz Offline
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Registered: 02/26/14
Posts: 104
Loc: Frisco, Texas
I rarely catch enough crappie to worry about freezing for future use. That said, on those rare occasions when I want to freeze crappie filets for future fish fries I'd like to know that I'm freezing them in a manner will make them enjoyable for family and friends when cooked. I've heard from some that when freezing almost any fish filet, they freeze them in a container of water. Any recommendation on how to freeze and store them for future use would be much appreciated.

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#12752169 - 05/11/18 06:38 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
JCBfromTHF Offline
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I have always just froze mine in ziplock bags filled with water and burp the air out of the bag before sealing them up. Not sure if that's the best way, but it hasn't killed me yet.

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#12752547 - 05/12/18 06:49 AM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
DLALLDER Offline
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Registered: 08/23/02
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Loc: pittsburg,tx
Ziplock bags (freezer type) work great! Fill till water runs out when you close the bag. Do not allow any air to remain in the bag. Fish will be good for a long time. I always date the bag and eat the oldest first.

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#12752576 - 05/12/18 07:41 AM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
Buz Offline
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Guys, your comments are much appreciated.

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#12753128 - 05/12/18 09:05 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: DLALLDER]
Spiderman Offline
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Registered: 09/04/06
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Loc: EAST TEXAS
Originally Posted By: DLALLDER
Ziplock bags (freezer type) work great! Fill till water runs out when you close the bag. Do not allow any air to remain in the bag. Fish will be good for a long time. I always date the bag and eat the oldest first.


I do this too. Use ziplock (brand) bags and leave no air bubbles in the bag. Filets will last 3 years and taste just like freshly caught.
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#12759355 - 05/17/18 02:30 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
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I vacuum pack mine for two reasons, they thaw faster and take up less room in freezer,

I froze in water for years , but now I really prefer the vacuum method


MO
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#12764127 - 05/21/18 05:14 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
SoonerDG Offline
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Loc: Joshua, TX
I second the vacuum sealer if you have one. If not the freezing in water is the next best thing.
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#12770609 - 05/26/18 05:44 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
cantcatch5 Offline
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Registered: 06/15/06
Posts: 1725
Loc: Tyler, "Tx
I vacumm pack them and thaw them in a colander inside of a big bowl in the fridge. Quite a bit of water comes out of them and it makes them less mushy. Crappie is about the only fish I prefer after being frozen to fresh...it is a texture thing not taste.

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#12772402 - 05/28/18 06:25 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Mo]
FishingGuy Offline
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Registered: 11/27/05
Posts: 211
Loc: Dallas
Originally Posted By: Mo
I vacuum pack mine for two reasons, they thaw faster and take up less room in freezer,

2 more reasons:
3 - meat freezes faster which is better.
4- no soaking in water make crappie less muchy.

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#12773739 - 05/29/18 11:07 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Mo]
TreeBass Offline
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Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 45676
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: Mo
I vacuum pack mine for two reasons, they thaw faster and take up less room in freezer,

I froze in water for years , but now I really prefer the vacuum method


MO


Same here, we place the fillets on a sheet pan and place in freezer for about 15 minutes or so then vacuum seal. So much better than bag and water we used to use


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#12789830 - 06/12/18 05:08 PM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: TreeBass]
dwmoore Offline
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Registered: 10/23/07
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Loc: teague,tx
Have never added water to mine put as many filets ias possible in bag squeeze out air freeze.We eat about 500 filets a yr an always good.
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#12790537 - 06/13/18 10:59 AM Re: Freezing Crappie Filets [Re: Buz]
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Registered: 03/10/12
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Loc: Palestine
Same here, I quit adding water years ago!
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