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Old 05-08-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default Vacuum Packing Shrimp

Hi:
Has anyone had any luck vacuum packing shrimp?
We just caught a ton of 'em, and I was attempting to vacuum pack 10 to a bag. The problem is that their sharp exoskeletons poke through the bag and break the seal.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-08-2009, 02:49 PM   #2
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We tried that also with the same result. I just use a zip-lock bag...... fill with raw shrimp and then fill with water push air out and seal. double bag if nessesary. this really does keep them fresh, frozen in a block of ice.
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Old 05-08-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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We do just like fishfiend and it keeps them for at least a year.

Then we can eat a batch all year long. Good as fresh I say!

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Old 05-08-2009, 06:50 PM   #4
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I perfer to use Glad or ziploc made plastic square containers. stack neater in the deep freeze. shrimp are covered in water.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: Vacuum Packing Shrimp

Thanks!
Do you cook them first or just put them straight in?
They look cooked in the photo.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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Thanks!
Do you cook them first or just put them straight in?
They look cooked in the photo.
Them be raw in the photo.

We put just 20 in each bag. Yummie.

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Old 05-08-2009, 08:25 PM   #7
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Sweet. Thanks again!
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:56 PM   #8
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Tell you what. . .give them to me and I'll show you how to pack them. . .what's left of them!
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:13 PM   #9
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Something that has worked well for me with rockfish might also be the ticket for shrimp.

I put meal-sized portions of fish in zip-lock freezer bags and don't seal them.

I then put all of those bags into a single vacuum bag, seal it and put it in the freezer. If the freezer bags aren't sealed the vacuum process will take the air out of them during the sealing of the vacuum bag.

When I need one or two bags for a meal I open the vacuum bag, take what I need and then reseal it.

This works well for sealing Dungeness too. Don't see why it wouldn't work with shrimp.
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:10 PM   #10
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Default Re: Vacuum Packing Shrimp

Thanks... I may give that a shot on the load we got today.
Also trying the solid freeze method.

I guess that's another good thing about getting so many shrimp... we can experiment.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:05 AM   #11
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Another vote for the raw, freeze in water method. I just put a couple of bags in some disposable/reusable storage containers. Keeps me from tearing the bags open, rumaging through the freezer.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:00 PM   #12
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I have very good luck glazing them we drain them in a clam bag after counting and drain thouroughly. store in the ziplock bag in salted ice on the trip home they r frozen when u arrive. put in freezer at least 1 hr. remove from deep freeze and spray with water in collunder shake a few times to keep seperate and lay on a cookie sheet 2 min to let freeze . store in a leakproof bucket from Sherwin Williams 1 gal. ate the last of my prawns two weeks ago good as fresh. just finished glazing some this morning. Now have 20lbs tripple glazed and ready to eat prawns twice a month 4 the next year. individually frozen. Want 10 take out 10. want 27 take out 27. Works great.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:24 PM   #13
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Just a thought, I hav'nt done shrimping before but I've vacume packed a lot of crab in the shell. My wife found that if you wrap a paper towel or two around first then that protects the bag while sealing. Seems to work well and crab are much harder.

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Old 05-12-2009, 08:30 AM   #14
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Default Re: Vacuum Packing Shrimp

I used to freeze shrimp in water like that. Works best if you devein them first so you don't get vein leeching into the water and coloring the shrimp meat yellow.

The last couple of batches I have cooked them, peeled them and then vacuum packed them already cooked and shelled. They are ready to drop in a salad, on a block of cream cheese, or into a california roll.

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