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|Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 02:27 pm||
|If I am not using these premium baits such as bonnies, frigates and mackerel within a week or two of catching them I preserve them by the following method of glazing.
You firstly start by freezing your bait fish on a rack, open (not in a bag) for about 12-24hours depending on the size of your bait fish.
Then when your baits are frozen absolutely solid take a bucket of water and place this in the bottom of your chest freezer and wait for it to get as cold as possible with out freezing you can help it along by adding some ice or ice bricks.
Now lay out some plastic inside the freezer, next you need to dip your bait in the water for about 5-10 seconds and then place on the plastic for a couple of minutes to freeze solid again. You can repeat this 2-3 as needed.
The end product is a bait fish preserved in a thin (1-3mm) film of ice, which if done properly will keep all air/freezer burn away.
I still wrap these in cling film or if I want to keep them for a really long time vacuum pack them.
If you go buy prawns from the supermarket you will find they are preserved in a similar way.
Last edited on Wed Mar 14th, 2007 02:30 pm by GOJ