How To Store A Fish Guide (Step-by-Step)
Once you learn how to fish and caught the big one and now you’re heading back with your fresh catch you need to learn the proper way to store fish especially if you don’t plan to eat it right away.
First, you need to remember to keep fresh alive or chilled with ice from the times caught until it stored. Always clean the fish as soon as possible to preserve its flavor.
A whole fish can be kept up for a day before cleaning if it’s iced or chilled. Once you have a clean fish you have to filet or steak it to your liking and there are several ways to store it.
Steps to Store Fish
The 3 mains steps in storing fish include icing, refrigerating, and freezing. The steps you take will depend on your end goal.
It’s very important to ice fish throughout all the processes of preparing it. It is especially important after fish is dressed. Icing fish is the best way to store fish for transport. Using an insulated cooler and leave the coolers drain-plug open so that the water can run out. Water spoils the flavor of the fish.
Before refrigerating a fish make sure you wash in cold water and dry it with a clean cloth. Then wrap the clean fish in wax paper, plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and stored in ice or in the refrigerator. You can usually store fish in the refrigerator for up to two days. Large fish or large pieces of fish will keep longer than small pieces. Lean fish such as panfish and walleye stores better than fatty fish such as trout.
Frozen fish can last from 3 to 12 months. However, the preparation for freezing is important. A fish can lose its flavor if it comes into contact with the air but here are a few methods for freezing:
1. Clean the fish and place it in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Before you zip make sure to remove all of the air or as much as possible.
2. Consider wrapping the fish in aluminum foil, then wrapping them again in the freezer paper before you freeze fish.
3. If you starfish often, consider buying an airtight package sealer. These work best if you remove all the air from the packages they are sealed and this prevents the fish from losing its flavor.
4. Another way to freeze fish is in a solid block of ice. Use a refrigerator container and placed a clean fish into the container and use only enough water to just cover the fish.
To thaw frozen fish put them in the refrigerator overnight or place the wrapped fish in cold water. Don’t ever thaw fish in the microwave because part of the fish will begin to cook and other parts are thawing. Don’t thaw fish at room temperature. To prepare fresh fish, consider the ways to cook your catch.
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