STORING FRESH FISH IN THE FREEZER FOR WINTER USE – 2nd wk in August 2014

Certain foods just don’t lend themselves easily to even the most dedicated Grow It Yourself enthusiast – such a wild fish from the sea. In the case of sea fishing, it is generally more popular and often safer in the summer months than in the stormier wintertime.

With this in mind, we took ourselves off to Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford, down the road from Tacumshin. There the boats come in with their catches of the day. If fish fingers can be sold and kept for weeks and even months in the freezer, then why not buy some of the plentiful summer fish to freeze until such a time as the trawlers are tied up when the weather is rougher?

My favourite fish is fresh mackerel. I have yet to freeze it but I am told by local shore fishermen that they freeze their surplus catch and they are happy with it when it is cooked. In general I am told it is always best to fillet and clean fresh fish before freezing. Other fish in season (apart from mackerel) at present,

Buying freshly caught fish in Kilmore Quay, some to eat, some to freeze until local trawlers are tied up due to storms.

Buying freshly caught fish in Kilmore Quay, some to eat, some to freeze until local trawlers are tied up due to storms.

includes John Dory, Bream, Herring, Sea Trout and Turbot and in September one can add Brown Trout to that list.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Yep we freeze our mackerel once cleaned & gutted. Best frozen on the day it’s caught. For larger fish I like to freeze portions on the bone & take them out when I need them. One portion poached from frozen in milk makes for perfect fish pies with winter mash.

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on September 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Caitríona,
      I appreciate learning from your tried and tested experience of freezing fish, especially mackerel.
      Buon appetito,
      Trevor

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