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Old 06-28-2020, 06:21 PM   #1
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In my spare freezer I discovered some ocean caught chinook very well vacuum packed, still bright orange, no freezer burn, but...dated 8/12/19. They look too nice to waste on crab, but with that ancient date maybe the crab might not want them?

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Old 06-28-2020, 06:27 PM   #2
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Eat them yourself. If they're still sealed they'll be fine. Worst case is to smoke em.
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Old 06-28-2020, 06:38 PM   #3
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If still sealed well and no freezer burn I would eat it. I ate some '18 halibut a few months ago, it tasted excellent.

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Old 06-28-2020, 06:45 PM   #4
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Eat em..... if they have a strong fishy scent to em when you open the package, soak em in milk while they thaw. Removing the skin is another option....
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Eat 'em, especially if they were very cold (chest/stand-up freezer on cold setting).

Ditto the suggestion to slick the skin off.

I find that the difference between a few months and a couple of years isn't that huge if it's well packaged and well frozen. I turn my freezers over every year, but still somehow manage to find two-year fish/game every once in a while (I just ate a pack of 2017 elk a couple of weeks ago...oops! Still tasty.).
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Old 06-28-2020, 06:58 PM   #6
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eat it. I have chinook from last summer in my freezer that I have been eating and will continue to eat.
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Old 06-28-2020, 06:58 PM   #7
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It’s just getting good. I wish I could eat all
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Old 06-28-2020, 07:17 PM   #8
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Old 06-28-2020, 07:52 PM   #9
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If vacuum packed for 1 year or less - Eat it without question.

One to Two years, cut off any freezer burn and eat it.
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:27 PM   #10
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Eat it, open up your mouth and feed it........Last week I found a halibut filet that was exactly two years old. Down the hatch it went.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:05 PM   #11
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Cut off any bad spots and make fish and chips with them! Deep fried anything is good!
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:12 PM   #12
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No freezer burn, it will taste fine. I eat 10-15 month old salmon often if it looks good. Milk bake the salmon, bake in glass pan, fill 1/2 way up the filet with whole milk bake, season as you like, top with frenchs onions or ritz cracker crumbs. Or like others have said smoke my favorite is a dry brine, brown sugar, salt, celery salt, onion salt.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:27 PM   #13
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Ditto on the milk and skin removal. If I found that I would be smoking some and not smoking some and making a salmon chowder with it.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:57 PM   #14
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Salmon chowder. Yum.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:01 AM   #15
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I ate some with a similar date the other day and they were great!
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:17 AM   #16
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Heck the Lox post I did had fish that was vacuum packed in July of 2019 and one package of two fillets was from 2018. No freezer burn no yellow thin edges.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:22 AM   #17
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All depends on whether or not you like the taste of rancid oil. Taste test. Deep freeze will preserve salmon much longer than frost free freezer.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:55 AM   #18
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A lot depends on how hungry you are for, or are anal about, salmon. I was recently gifted some coho from 2018, failed vac bag, freezer burn...Trimmed off the worst of the burn and it ate ok. Might have had to go a bit heavier than usual with the tartar sauce.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:29 AM   #19
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We pre wrap everything in clear stretch wrap ( buy 3000 ft roll from Costsco ) prior to vacuum sealing and have never had an issue with any fish or meat going bad over a few years in the freezer; even if you lose a seal you will have a month or so grace period with the stretch wrap.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:02 AM   #20
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I use a commercial vacuum packer and fish lasts really well. One of my late winter projects is to clear out last years salmon and smoke what is there.

I have even trimmed off freezer burn on a package or two. Cant tell after smoking.

If they look good, I'd just eat them
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:09 AM   #21
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Throw them in a Ziploc bag and add some 2% milk while they thaw. The milk will pull any out any of the fishiness that may have accrued. A cook on a long range boat offered that up. We were headed in with a few hundred pounds of filets and there was no way to avoid a little time in the freezer. It also worked in desperate times. Only caught a couple of Bonita (skipjack tuna) that are extremely oily and I was in charge of fish for dinner. My wife stopped in town grabbed milk and bags. Filets went right in milk after we docked, only spending a couple hours soaking before hitting the grill. Dinner was excellent.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:41 PM   #22
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Old 07-01-2020, 07:03 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone!
They look perfect (I have been salmon fishing for 50 yrs) so I will give them a try.
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:06 AM   #24
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Trim off any exposed flesh on the ends, brine and smoke. They will be excellent
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We pre wrap everything in clear stretch wrap ( buy 3000 ft roll from Costsco ) prior to vacuum sealing and have never had an issue with any fish or meat going bad over a few years in the freezer; even if you lose a seal you will have a month or so grace period with the stretch wrap.
I like that idea... Im going to try that
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:28 AM   #26
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Eat em..... if they have a strong fishy scent to em when you open the package, soak em in milk while they thaw. Removing the skin is another option....
Soak chinook in milk? only if you're making a milkshake. If they have a strong fishy scent they go in the crab pot.
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Old 07-05-2020, 06:41 AM   #27
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Soak chinook in milk? only if you're making a milkshake. If they have a strong fishy scent they go in the crab pot.
I'm with you on that. Yuk! I wouldn't even bank on crab eating "strong fishy."Same for "barely noticeable fishy" if there is a better choice in the freezer.

My Dad, bless him, grew up in the Depression and some attitudes persisted all his life. He habitually tended to grab the oldest meat in the freezer or the worst apple visible in the barrel, to minimize waste. Not that I would complain. This worked out great for me.

Later in his life, at times I would cull his freezer when he was away just so he could fully enjoy his food.

If you are down to "fishy", it's past time to go fishing.
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