Keeping prawns...

Discussion in 'Recipes, Storage and Preparation of Seafood' started by AndrewH, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. AndrewH

    AndrewH Active Member

    Well I am running out of freezer space in a fast way with all the recent hunting and prawning.

    I have been tossing the prawn tails in containers, filling with water and freezing.

    Has anyone simply tossed them in a chamber sealer and not worried about freezing in a block of ice? How does it compare?

    CIVANO Well-Known Member

    I freeze them in water from the ocean and they end up much firmer and none are mushy when cooked. Try it. Much better than fresh water.
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  3. Capt_Ed

    Capt_Ed Crew Member

    I container mine in water also but my buddy chamber seals his with no issues . he scissors all the little pokies off the tails though. Way too much work in my opinion but takes up way less freezer room.
  4. Onchy

    Onchy Member

    I bring home enough ocean water to freeze them in as stated above an use double sandwich bags, and naturally vacuum them by dipping in bowl of water. Bag them by the dozen with enough ocean water to cover. Way faster and cheaper than vacuum sealer bags. Been using this method all season with no issues. Just handle carefully until frozen so spikes dont pop bag.
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  5. Reeltime

    Reeltime Well-Known Member

    I've tried so many different ways

    *laying them all flat in size and even then vacuum sealing them, looks nice but way to much work.

    *in zip lock bag freeze, then vacuum seal zip lock, to many air pockets and spike pops the seal

    *double vacuum bagged

    1 So now it's Zip lock bag filled half way with prawns and freeze.

    2 Then remove frozen bag, grab another zip lock bag and put the frozen one into the new one and pour water to
    the top, bend zip lock part to remove air then freeze, water gets into all the air pockets of stacked prawns and
    incapsulates it in water from the air, stopping it from getting dried out, easy n fast do all at once and most of all
    it saves a lot of room. At $40lb i treat it like BC Gold

    WATER i just do fresh water with sea salt it works great, i don't trust the top layer of ocean water, with all the boats and whatever
    else is in there, after watching a commercial prawn boat get there salt water with a hose over 100' down where it's pure salt water, the
    surface water is a mix of fresh and salt.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  6. the fog ducker

    the fog ducker Well-Known Member

    sea salt water only for us out west

    as told by a commy, never use city tap water on prawns , or any fish actually ,
    out west we have lake water pumped down to our cleaning stations ,
    salmon doesnt change in color or texture ,
    but processing any fish back at home with city water , would immediately change the color , peachy/pinkish
    chemicals i would guess , really notice it on prawns ,

    i use 5 gallon pails of sea water when cleaning on the boat , way better product imo
    could understand not wanting to use Van Harbor sea-water on anything lol..... i wont go there...;)

    my experience ,

  7. Bows Up

    Bows Up Well-Known Member

    Well water, sea salt and two liter plastic milk jugs. Lop the top off the milk jug. I do 18 large per, more if smaller. Once frozen they nest inside each other. Does eat freezer space but hey, don't you want another freezer?
  8. trophywife

    trophywife Well-Known Member

    sea water and milk jugs. best

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