So you’ve landed some good fish, way to go! It’s important that you also land them in the freezer the right way or else you’ll be sad come dinner time. My methods will keep you from freezer burn and flavor issues. It comes down to a simple principle, if fish live in water, then why not freeze them in water also? And when you do it right, they thaw-out perfectly every time. And finally, my method has only been tested on head-less trout less than two feet in length because without the head they store easier and less then two feet because, well, that’s all the fish I can catch in my area.
Let’s start by reviewing two ways to freeze your fish. The first way is to get freezer bags of different sizes and match up a bag with your filet. Next, fill the bag with cold water only enough to cover the filet, leaving much space for the water to expand. In case you didn’t know this, all water expands when it freezes so you have to leave some gap for that. Basically don’t fill your bag up to the top with water, rather just enough water to completely cover your filet. When you put the bag in the freezer, make sure you set it in such a way that the water still completely covers your filet.
Okay the second way to freeze your fish is by using old ice cream tubs. I’m talking about the large ice cream buckets you buy at the store that are completely plastic and have a plastic lid. I like them the best because you can freeze multiple fish over time with them. You start by placing your first fish at the bottom and just enough water to cover over the fish. Then later in the following days or weeks or months, when you catch another fish, simply place that fish atop the frozen layer and add another layer of cold water, just enough to cover the next fish and freeze. Before you know it, you’ll have tubs with layers and layers of trout perfectly kept for your consumption.
I’m not sure how long you could keep them frozen like that, but since they are completely surrounded by ice, you can’t get freezer burn and I’d bet they would be perfectly edible even a year after you froze them. Actually I’ve never known of them to go bad when you freeze them by full immersion.
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