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walleye question

Post By: panfishin      Posted: 3/13/2018 12:06:15 PM     Points: 7049    
How long would they stay fresh in the fridge? how long would the fillets still be good for? For example if I go out this weekend and bring home 2 walleyes and fillet them up, will the fillets last until Friday for a fish fry or would I be better off putting them in the freezer for a couple days? I know the best case scenario would be to go out and catch them the night before or day of the fish fry but I can't get out as often as i want.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Mar. 13, 12:39:38 PM     Points: 1298    
I would put them in the freezer right away. 5 or 6 days seems like a long time to hold fillets in the fridge. It would probably be OK, but why risk it? By the way, to test if a fillet is still “fresh”, push your finger gently on the fillet. If the flesh springs back, it’s still good. If it doesn’t, the fish is beginning to turn. MYO
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Mar. 13, 12:58:03 PM     Points: 33081    
I'm with ski, Maybe 2 days in the fridge. If your not going to use them that quick ide freeze them. Ive heard of freezing them in water. Ive never tried it but might this season.
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: Mar. 13, 1:01:31 PM     Points: 202    
freeze them in water immediately. it prevents freezer burn and they are super easy to defrost. it keeps well and doesn't affect the quality.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Mar. 13, 1:29:07 PM     Points: 7049    
right on, thanks guys!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 13, 4:21:37 PM     Points: 1794    
I freeze them in water,but I add water after I freeze them because a small part always sticks up from the ice and will freezer burn if its not covered with ice.
After I wrap the fish in ice I remove it from the tupper ware and bag it with a lable,so I know whats in my bag.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: Mar. 13, 7:19:14 PM     Points: 1210    
Get a vacuum sealer.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Mar. 13, 7:56:59 PM     Points: 4829    
Agree with the vac sealer. Easy to use and great to keep them fresh. Use on eyes, trout, perch crappies kokes etc.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Mar. 13, 8:22:54 PM     Points: 33081    
I like the vacuum sealer idea. Does it keep it from freezer burning? Do you add water?
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: Mar. 13, 8:50:10 PM     Points: 2071    
yes and no you dont add water. Works great. Can find them cheap these days as well. keeps the fish so fresh.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Mar. 13, 9:43:15 PM     Points: 1298    
I agree. I use a vacuum sealer for just about everything that goes into the freezer.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: Mar. 13, 10:25:36 PM     Points: 59338    
Just zipper the fillets and salt them good and make sure they are covered with water in a bowl and they’ll be fine in the fridge for 5 days or so. If you don’t zipper them they will be so strong you can’t eat them.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Mar. 14, 10:01:02 AM     Points: 3936    
I've had them in the fridge up to a week tightly sealed in Tupperware and kept damp, not immersed in water. They tasted just fine and nobody got sick or anything.
 Reply by: Twilly73      Posted: Mar. 14, 10:22:42 AM     Points: 346    
Easiest way to keep fillets fresh is to put them in a two tiered tupperware process where the fish are on top of a sealed plastic bin on top of a paper towel, which is then on top of a layer of ice. The top bin should have holes in the bottom, then placed inside the bottom bin. This allows the water to melt off and not accumulate inside the top bin, and drainage is easy. Just keep the ice fresh, and it'll keep for about a week. Done this many times with no adverse reactions to taste or firmness to the fish. Love them 'eyes!
 Reply by: ratdog      Posted: Mar. 14, 3:45:52 PM     Points: 146    
Maybe you should not keep so many and let them stay fresh in the lake.

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