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Old 03-22-2005, 11:56 AM
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How do you tuna fisherman put your steaks up in the freezer? Freeze in water vacuum seal, etc.?? I've got plenty of blackfin and yellowfin I need to put up in the next few days and want some info on the best way to do it. I freeze all of my fish in water usually but have never put up tuna. All I know is it's great fresh. Does it pick up fishy flavor once frozen? Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 03-22-2005, 12:01 PM
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Tuna holds up much better if you vacuum seal them. Freezing in water seems to do something to the texture of the meat, kinda like trout.
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Old 03-22-2005, 12:03 PM
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i vacuum seel as well ..

just FYI vacuum sealed and frozed tuna will lose it;s color .. but it will still taste great!!
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Vacuum seal them, No Water!
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I agree with pat. i have quite a bit of tuna that's vaccum packed and it stays great. when you defrost it and take it out of the package, it has no fishy smell at all. i actually vaccum pack all of my fish. plus it doesn't take up a ton of room like when you freeze fish in water.
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Old 03-22-2005, 12:26 PM
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Vacuum seal large chunks of loins (say about 5 inches thick) as opposed to steaks. It seems to keep better. I just trim a little off the edges of the chunk when its thawed, discard, and cut steaks and go to town.
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Vacuum seal and be sure to cut ALL the blood line out.
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Sounds like this is the ticket. Thanks for all of the info guys. Sounds like it must hold up in the freezer pretty good.
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James H is right on. Freeze them in a loin big enough for X steaks - however many you'd make in one meal. Don't cut the steaks until you defrost a bag. After a month or two the outside will lose it's red color and go grey, but the inside will stay more pink. It doesn't really taste too different, but the appearance is so much better.
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Bring em on over. I will show you how to do it? nShow you how to cook them too!
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