Here's the Catch: Tips on Preserving Your Seafood with FoodSaver®
Whether you prefer freshwater fish or saltwater fish, there's nothing quite like the taste of freshly caught seafood to pull a meal together. To preserve that straight-from-the-water flavor so your family can enjoy it anytime, store your catches using the FoodSaver Automatic Vacuum Sealing System. Serve delicious, fresh fish all year long by following these tips:
To prepare your fish for storage, first remove the internal organs, head, tail, and fins. Rinse the remaining meat under cold water and pat dry. Small fish, like bluegills, perch and crappie, can be stored whole, while larger fish like grouper, sturgeon, and catfish should be cut into chunks prior to freezing.
Before you vacuum seal your fish, place it in the freezer for about two hours. By pre-freezing the fish, you can help it retain the moisture, flavor, and firmness you crave from freshly caught seafood.
Once you've pre-frozen the fish, put it in your FoodSaver vacuum seal bags, then seal and freeze. Preserving your fish with FoodSaver can keep it fresh for up to two years, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your catches. When you decide to cook some of your frozen fish, place the bag in the refrigerator 24 hours in advance. This allows the fish to thaw without losing any of its freshness.
Foodsaver makes it easy to preserve delicious varieties of shellfish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Here are some of the most popular types, and how to store them:
- Lobster tails: To keep a lobster tail fresh, first remove the spine from the shell. Place it into a FoodSaver vacuum seal bag, then seal it and put it in the freezer. It will be perfectly fresh and ready for you to enjoy up to several months later.
- Shrimp: Start by rinsing the shrimp and patting it dry. Keeping the shells on, place the cleaned shrimp in a flat layer in a FoodSaver vacuum seal bag. Seal and freeze.
- Clams and oysters: Preserve raw clams and oysters by first shucking the meat and rinsing it thoroughly. Place the meat into FoodSaver vacuum seal bag with an inch of either fresh or salt water. Once the bags are sealed, place them in the coldest section of your freezer and enjoy them up to three months later.
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You can also preserve sea vegetables such as seaweed, kelp, Irish moss, and nori. These marine-sourced veggies are rich in minerals, perfect for use in smoothies, and can add a piquant flavor to your main dishes. Preserving them is easy with the FoodSaver Automatic Vacuum Sealing System. Simply place the sea veggies into a FoodSaver vacuum seal bag, seal it, and put it in the freezer. Buying marine vegetables fresh, and preserving them with FoodSaver, will ensure that you always have these nutrient powerhouses close at hand.