Freeze Dried crappie
Aug 15, 2021 at 9:33 am #3724850
I had freeze dried a mess of raw crappie fillets awhile back, thought I’d post it here.
Using cold water to rehydrate seemed to need several hours, I just left them in a bowl in the fridge overnight. I was really impressed with the fillets after they reconstituted, you really couldn’t tell them from fresh ones. They were easy to bread and fry, and delicious!Aug 15, 2021 at 9:44 am #3724851
Wow… those look incredible, especially given the freeze-drying!Aug 15, 2021 at 10:31 am #3724853Dan YBPL Member
They turned out nice. Nice eating size. Thanks for sharing your project.Aug 15, 2021 at 10:40 am #3724857
Thanks! I was pretty surprised myself at how well they did.
How are you making out on the food? I’m digging through freezers this afternoon looking to fill a few more trays to run another cycle. I cooked a couple PF chang style frozen meals my wife had bought to try as camp meals and loaded on a tray, and have 4lbs of those small cooked salad shrimp on a couple trays.
We have a big trip coming at the end of September, we want to prep up some more meal choices for that just for variety.Aug 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm #3724880
I’m making my way through it; meant to text you on that, just this morning. Ham mac and cheese was a win, fried rice was a win too; taking the beef stew and potato soup on a trip this weekend. 👍Aug 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm #3724881
I don’t remember what I sent, but if its “homemade beef stew” thats one to look forward to after a long hike! I made like 400 tiny 3/4″ seasoned meat balls to make the stew with, instead of using stew meat chunks. We had noticed adding (too much) instant potatoes in with things seems to complicate rehydration a bit. I was banking on the hamburger meatballs rehydrating easier, and that they did.Aug 15, 2021 at 8:49 pm #3724929Tom KBPL Member
WOW, a blast from the past! I haven’t heard anyone mention Crappie since my childhood days in Michigan. Fun to catch – we used long bamboo cane poles, bobbers and minnows – and good eating.Aug 16, 2021 at 6:57 am #3724942
I don’t remember what I sent, but if its “homemade beef stew” thats one to look forward to after a long hike! I made like 400 tiny 3/4″ seasoned meat balls to make the stew with, instead of using stew meat chunks. We had noticed adding (too much) instant potatoes in with things seems to complicate rehydration a bit. I was banking on the hamburger meatballs rehydrating easier, and that they did.
You sent a TON of stuff! ;) Beef stew is amongst the many packages, and that one is definitely going on the weekend trip. Also biscuits and gravy. Ironically, I haven’t made ramen yet, so the shrimp are still on the “haven’t tried it yet” list!
Crappie are one of my favorite fish to catch…and I so often see them in little lakes and coves when I’m hiking near water. It makes me wish, yet again, for a lightweight and quality telescoping spinning rod that I could whip out and use on a whim.
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