A quick question I forgot to ask you in our conversation that I thought everyone might benefit from if you are willing to share: where do you get the vacuum seal bags that do not have the bumps on the inside? I plan to start doing this with all my fish to save room and gain visibility. Thanks!
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Freeze the fish first and then it does not matter.
freeze the fish first (I also put wet paper toweling on the fins and allow it to freeze to protect them from breaking when I seal them and store them in the freezer), and you don't have to worry about the bumpy surface. The foodsaver bags I get from the local grocery store are not completely smooth. I tried some smooth material and it would not vaccum seal. Apparently with this type of vaccum sealing the bumpy surface is needed for gripping to seal.
I just recieved a vacuum sealer and anxious to try it.
There are a few tricks I've come to learn while using mine.
One important tip is: Don't try and seal thawed fish! The fluids will get sucked into your machine. You can use paper towel as a barrier but it's still not the way to go.