Fixing freezer burned salmon

Discussion in 'Recipes, Storage and Preparation of Seafood' started by Sangstercraft, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Ian wagner

    Ian wagner Member

    ever since I stopped washing my fillets and freezing I have a much better product but the way wolf does his on a cookie sheet and puts in fridge or freezer works to because the dehumidifier in your fridge dries out the fish
  2. trophywife

    trophywife Well-Known Member

    water wash? not packing before drying it tho, unless it was a marinade. I do dry rubs and marinades with all kinds of meat with the vac chamber. good stuff.
  3. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Two words... Time Machine.
  4. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    I freeze my prawns in water. Works awesome. The thread is getting complicated why do commercial flash freeze everything if it sucks?

    Maybe another way to not get freezer burn is only take enough seafood each year for a year? That way it never is a problem?
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  5. baddogg

    baddogg Crew Member

    I rinse all my fillets in the sink. I then place them on old clean towels and cover them with another. Let them sit for a bit and then pat dry and seal. No real issues with freezer burn.
  6. Sangstercraft

    Sangstercraft Well-Known Member

    I do the same, but get freezer burns after about 6 months in the freezer. I have been experimenting, and the best I've found is to soak the fillets in milk overnight. Then rinse and cook as usual.
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  7. Reeltime

    Reeltime Well-Known Member

    Smoke it or a sea salt, water and herb brine in a zip lock or
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019
  8. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    Wow interesting I never done this.
  9. triplenickel

    triplenickel Well-Known Member

    Have you tried it, does it work? Pretty cool if it does.
  10. saanauk

    saanauk Active Member

    I rinse the fish well then fillet fish. No water contact to the meat. Kills me when I see people blasting the meat with water at cleaning stations. Use paper towels to soak and blood up and pat dry both sides of the portion of fish. Then wrapped dried fish tightly in Saran Wrap meat side down so the meat side has a tight seal on it. After wrapped in Saran Wrap the fish gets vacuum sealed. I have found this gives the best long term care for fish. Costco sells big rolls of Saran Wrap and also good paper towels. I go through lots of paper towels but makes for the best product. With halibut it is important to get all the slime off. The Saran Wrap can end up being very tight and have had people not even notice it in the fish. Seasoning and then baking the fish to only realize the Saran Wrap on is not the recommended way to cook fish. :)

    Prawns work great if you put them in Tupperware then fill with water. Freeze and then pop out the prawn ice cube, wrap in Saran Wrap and stack neatly in the freezer. Freezing in milk vs water also works well.
  11. Bugs

    Bugs Active Member

    A simple solution has been a game changer for me... I have a food saver, it is crappy, and will only fillet and freeze if I plan to eat within a month. When I am lucky enough to have enough fish that I plan to keep for longer I exclusively freeze chunks. If a seal breaks on a bag it is next to impossible to shave the freezer burned surface off a fillet. However, if a seal breaks on a chunk it is not a big deal. When you take the chunk out you fillet off the two sides, and if the fish needs trimming it is simple to trim 1/4 inch off the ends of the fillets you produce. I usually do this even if the seal has not broken if the fish has been frozen 6 months or more. That exposed surface will always give a very slightly off taste. Normally now I eat middle sections fresh and freeze front (with collar still on) and tail. This means you are freezing pieces with least exposed surface. This also considerably reduces processing effort after a long day of successful fishing. The only disadvantages I see are that it takes a bit longer to defrost a chunk and a little extra bit of processing on the day of cooking.
  12. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    It does did a few nights ago. Fishy smell gone.
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  13. eldplanko

    eldplanko New Member

    Not that I’ve very tried, but isn’t that what your supposed to do with dogfish also?
  14. wolf

    wolf Well-Known Member

    So you say not to wash fish YET letting it sit in milk is ok for 20 mins??? hhhhmmmm ok
  15. sir-vivor

    sir-vivor Well-Known Member

    Wow, thank for the milk tip Reeltime

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