How to freeze fish while preventing freezer burn by encasing in ice

Freeze Fish without Freezer Burn How to freeze fish so that it keeps longer. When freezing fish the biggest problem…

Kahawai steaks enclosed in a think layer of ice to prevent freezer burn.

Freeze Fish without Freezer Burn

How to freeze fish so that it keeps longer. When freezing fish the biggest problem can be freezer-burn. This is caused by air coming in contact with the surface of the fish. You can vacuum pack your fish which works well to keep out the air but requires a pump and bag sealer.

Here is a good quick way of dealing with kahawai steaks, or any other fish including fillets, at the same time, preventing freezer burn. Best off all it requires no special equipment. It involves glazing your fish in protective ice.

I often turn kahawai into steaks. Start off by scaling the whole fish. Then cut straight across the body cutting steaks about 25mm thick.

Then freeze on a wire tray covered with a plastic supermarket bag (stops some of the water dripping into the freezer). A few hours later after they are frozen take out of the freezer and dip each steak in cold water, then freeze again. Do this several times so that a thick layer of ice encases the steaks completely preventing freezer burn. Finally, you can tip all the steaks into a bag so they are free-flow packed. Shutting out the air in this way with a thick layer of ice keeps the fish in better condition.

I wound not keep fish in the freezer intended for human consumption for longer than a couple of months. If you find yourself with a lot of extra fish it is a good idea to make it into cooked fish cakes. These will last longer in the freezer than uncooked fish.

Bottling is a better way of preserving fish like salmon, or mullet. Bottled fish lasts a long time and required no refrigeration. I have heard of people opening and using ten-year-old bottled salmon.

Kahawai steaks enclosed in a think layer of ice to prevent freezer burn.

This post was last modified on 08/03/2017 9:22 pm

Share

Recent Posts

Dressed Jigs for Monster Trout and Salmon in the Twizel Canals – Video

Dressed Jigs - How to Tie Your Own by Allan Burgess  Dressed jigs are a type of weighted trout…

02/05/2019 10:21 pm

Surfcasting Tips for Beginners NZ – Tackle, baits, when, where & how to catch fish!

Surfcasting Tips for Beginners New Zealand with Allan Burgess In Surfcasting Tips for Beginners New Zealand, we'll cover what you need to…

12/04/2019 11:42 am

Waitaki River Salmon Fishing Contest Winning fish weights since 1984

Waitaki River Salmon Weights During the 1990s I spent a good deal of time salmon fishing the lower Waitaki River,…

12/04/2019 6:58 am

Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris – the right bait is key to moki fishing

Blue Moki Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris The profile of blue moki is much the same as a trumpeter. They…

11/04/2019 8:44 pm

Glimmy Brass Spoon Trout Spinner – An Oldie Very Effective Fish Taker

Glimmy Brass Spoon by Allan Burgess This brass spoon was known originally as a Glimmy, or Record Little Glimmy was…

11/04/2019 2:25 pm

Egg Rolling Fishing Method in the Mackenzie Country Canals

Egg Rolling in the Mackenzie Country Canals When you consider that a large trout or salmon hen fish can produce…

06/04/2019 1:36 pm

All Rights Reserved © fishingmag.co.nz 1999 - 2019