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Offline StinkyPete

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Vacuum sealing fish
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:50:10 PM »
It's August, and in that glorious month most of the animal hunting that I get excited about opens up. Halibut are in, Deer season opens for rifles, yellowtail are in SoCal, etc.

Every year I run into an issue with my vacuum sealer when it comes to bones. Maybe I can get some help.

Anyone vacuum seal whole fish or t-bones? I'm having trouble with pointy things like bone fragments and fish spines/bones poking through my bags and ruining the seal.

I've heard of people using freezer paper, butcher paper, paper towels, and ziplock bags, but never tried those methods. Anyone had success going those routes?

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Offline IceColdChuck

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 02:52:20 PM »
When I vacuum seal lobster tails, I take a pair of kitchen shears and clip off the points on all the spines.
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Offline Rick W

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 03:12:57 PM »
I have the same problem -- pin bones stick through.

What I started doing with my fish is freezing individual fillets on a flat pan with plastic wrap over/under. I then package up the frozen fillets in ziplocks so I can take out just what I need. I never know if it's just me or the whole family and few friends.

I think if you pre-freeze the fillets the meat won't compress so much and the pin bones might not protrude enough to puncture the bags.

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Offline IceColdChuck

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2014, 03:32:14 PM »
Also, I sometimes use duct tape to cover the tips of spines that poke through during the vacuuming, then re-vacuum
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Offline IceColdChuck

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2014, 03:33:52 PM »
When I'm really having problems, I bust out the plumbers epoxy.
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Offline Malibu_Two

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2014, 03:45:47 PM »
For white seabass, I filleted one side and steaked the other. The steak side had the spine, ribs, etc. I had to use pieces of paper towel - folded multiple times and placed carefully - to keep the bones from puncturing the bag. It worked pretty well.

Offline StinkyPete

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 04:46:46 PM »
Cool, I'll try it out with the paper towels and also the ziplock/plastic wrap option

I've got some spare butcher paper around so maybe I'll try putting some of that near the bones.
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Offline DG

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 05:02:04 PM »
I bought thicker bags in 50' rolls on amazon and they hold up better than the regular ones.  Don't use ones that barely fit the item. Go a little bigger on the bag if possible and it will flex better over the item. I have the game saver from bass pro and it allows for bigger bags.  My next purchase will be a commercial grade sealer because mine over heats if I seal a lot at once. 

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2014, 06:19:58 PM »
When I'm really having problems, I bust out the plumbers epoxy.

I'll have to try that.

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Sincerely,

Jim

Offline Rob102

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2014, 06:24:29 PM »
I started cutting the pinbone section and all of the ribs out of fillets after finding freezer burned fish.  That is the only thing that has worked for me.

Pre-freezing helps get a good seal when the fish is wet, but if there is a hard sharp point, it will put a hole in the bag when you stack it.

You could freeze in water fillets in milk in a ziplock.

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Re: Vacuum sealing fish
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2014, 07:29:16 PM »
The solution is pretty simple.

1. Give me the halibut.
2. Jerky the entire deer.

 

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