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Old 09-03-2019, 12:12 PM
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I think maybe if you have chlorine in your water it's worse. But like I said don't soak fillet tuna in ice water. I'm sure it will fry fine but definitely not for sushi or anything like that.
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:37 PM
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I had some starter vacuum devices for home use and was not happy at all with the performance. Then I pulled the trigger on a commercial device almost with 2.t feet width and a lot of bags w different sizes. And couldn’t be more happier.

so in short, never use fresh water to clean them only saltwater if and when needed.
- full size fish goes in without any cleaning or just scales off and gutted washed with saltwater and dried with kitchen towels.
- filets and steaks cleaned gently from blood etc with saltwater and tapped dry.

Everything is labeled with the date and put in the freezer. I try to consume them within 6 months and not later then 1 year.

Bonito strips are prepared accordingly and they go in after 3 or 4 days not touching each other. The sword or trolling squids are rigged if possible and dried a little bit and frozen separately. The smaller squids are 2 or 3 in one bag.

the chunks, chum etc in bigger bags and I am salting them before vacuuming. I also have some cedar plugs with some sardine or menhaden oil also vacuum bagged up freezer

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Old 09-06-2019, 05:20 PM
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What's 2 feet wide?
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:58 PM
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Best way I have found is to freeze the fish first on a cookie sheet then vacuum seal.
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:55 PM
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What's 2 feet wide?

In mm.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by tayfunmeric View Post



In mm.
I meant the brand/model...
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:41 PM
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I meant the brand/model...
I see, this is not usa made. I am living outside of usa 220volt. So, the model is called volvac but wouldn’t help in us.
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:18 AM
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I have literally vac packed hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish.

The foodsaver types are really just toys. All the drying, pre-freezing, yada yada is for the birds.

If you fish/hunt a reasonable amount (and honestly even if you don't) a commercial vac sealer is the way to go, and will pay for itself over time. It would surely last a lifetime under recreational/home use.

I have a vp215 at my home, the ones at the lodge are like 4 feet wide and weigh a couple hundred pounds so probably impractical for most home users. Although a minipack-torre mv-31 or 35 size might be ok for home use. They are little bigger than the vp215, and are really fast machines.

Worth every penny, there is literally no comparison.

Whatever vac sealer you buy, make sure it has a Busch oil pump (yes you have to change the oil in these).
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Old 09-07-2019, 10:32 AM
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I should also add that we have a "funnel" on a stand for filling the bags. Basically it makes it easier and faster to put fish in the bags, and it keeps the top half of the bags clean (where the seal is).

You can buy them at the same type of supply places that sell the machines, bags, etc.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
I should also add that we have a "funnel" on a stand for filling the bags. Basically it makes it easier and faster to put fish in the bags, and it keeps the top half of the bags clean (where the seal is).

You can buy them at the same type of supply places that sell the machines, bags, etc.
Handy, have a link? Tried looking on Amazon but don't know what to search for I guess.
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Old 09-07-2019, 12:28 PM
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Handy, have a link? Tried looking on Amazon but don't know what to search for I guess.
I don't have a link but I can tell you where it was purchased: Alaska Butcher Supply.

It was about $60 and they ship priority mail.

When I googled the terms I thought were relevant some items came up, but nothing I would buy as I feel the one we have is just "better designed".

I wish I was closer to it I could take a pic and post it, but it will be a while before I can do that (like March or April).

It's all food safe material, of course, and also easy to clean.
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And VanW I can also tell you I have seen some homemade "funnels" and the best one was made from an el cheapo, thin plastic tea pitcher from a big box store.

They heated it up (low and slow) until they could take it from round to oval shape. Then once it cooled they cut the top and bottom off to fit their bags.

I.e. the bottom was cut to easily fit in the bags (most common size for fish is 8x10 and 4mil iirc) and the top is personal preference. You can hold it with the handle, or screw it to a vertical surface.

Honestly I'd just spend the $60 and buy one, as it is perfect imho.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
And VanW I can also tell you I have seen some homemade "funnels" and the best one was made from an el cheapo, thin plastic tea pitcher from a big box store.

They heated it up (low and slow) until they could take it from round to oval shape. Then once it cooled they cut the top and bottom off to fit their bags.

I.e. the bottom was cut to easily fit in the bags (most common size for fish is 8x10 and 4mil iirc) and the top is personal preference. You can hold it with the handle, or screw it to a vertical surface.

Honestly I'd just spend the $60 and buy one, as it is perfect imho.
Is it like this with a funnel? https://www.hantover.com/cgi/hnt.wsc...item-num=98301
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Same idea, but I think the one I have is just a better design (and it is made for 8x10 bags).

Mine the frame is more offset from where the bag would hang down.

Might be splitting hairs on the funnel thing, but I pack a LOT of fish.

Just call AK Butcher Supply, if they can't get you what you need I will call them and they can look up my order history.
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Tried looking on their site but didn't see anything like that
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Tried looking on their site but didn't see anything like that
Call.

I didn't even know they had a website lolz
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I've seen all the ones yall have posted.

I'm sure they work fine.

The one I got from ak butcher is just a better design.

Trust me.

I've also seen some pretty dang good ones that were homemade as described previously.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
I've seen all the ones yall have posted.

I'm sure they work fine.

The one I got from ak butcher is just a better design.

Trust me.

I've also seen some pretty dang good ones that were homemade as described previously.
Post a pic if you ever find one. I've been wanting to buy something like that.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:13 AM
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Vacmaster 215 is the way to go. Will pay for itself in the cost of bags
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