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Meat dilema

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  • Meat dilema

    Just wondering if anyone has any ideas regarding preserving luncheon meat?

    Now that its cold, i feel reluctant to open a tin of meat as i only want a few pieces for hookbait.

    If anyone has ever tried it, you will know that freezing meat makes it float!

    Has anyone ever tried freezing, defrosting and pumping the meat in a pellet pump? just wondered if it would make it sink?

    Failing that, how long can you keep meat in the fridge for once it has been opened?

    Its a bit expensive to just use a bit and throw the rest away dont you think?
    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  • #2
    hi mate,
    i would have thought if you keep it in an air tight tub in the fridge,it should keep for a few weeks between sessions. i often just freeze it,and as long as i let it thaw out properly it doesn't float. are you using a meat with a high fat content?
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    • #3
      If you freeze it then defrost it try giving it a light fry with some spices as they all get absorbed into the meat and it sinks again
      Last edited by jaybagpuss; 22 November 2010, 12:23 AM.
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      • #4
        been freezing and defreezing luncheon meat for years with no problem, never had it float not once. but l dont think you could call spam etc expensive, 1 tin is roughly equal to half a pint of maggots price wise

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nutmeg View Post
          been freezing and defreezing luncheon meat for years with no problem, never had it float not once. but l dont think you could call spam etc expensive, 1 tin is roughly equal to half a pint of maggots price wise
          The point i was making nutmeg was that its expensive to only get a few pieces out of a full tin
          To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

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          • #6
            Try frying it with garlic and chilli ,extra flavours and the meat becomes a little firmer so stays on the hook better.
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            • #7
              make a couple of butties with the left over for your lunch

              at this time of year l agree the amount of bait you need for a pleasure session drops dramatically, but like l also said l have been freezing luncheon meat for years and have never had it float not once, and l have never had to resort to pumping it. the cubed meat l have frozen at the moment is covered with vision baits amino complex liquid, the bloodworm version l have had some cracking results using this for silver fishing.

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              • #8
                I freeze it all the time and never have a problem, wouldn't fry it as it wants to be soft!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NathanWatson View Post
                  I freeze it all the time and never have a problem, wouldn't fry it as it wants to be soft!
                  What brand do you use Nathan?
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                  • #10
                    I use Bacon grill and as someone said i use half a tin for bait and make butties with other no waste lol

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                    • #11
                      Bacon grill all the way.
                      Great stuff.
                      In the winter be sure to cut all of the excess fat off the meat before fishing.
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                      • #12
                        Plumrose but in winter, for punching out at close to medium range, I prefer Polony, normally the Sommerfield or Morrisons 1 but Tesco, Asda, Co-Op all good and it's cheap!

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                        • #13
                          ye well cheap natan 99p for a load in b and m bargains.Natah how many times woul u rebait and cast on the feeder in winter

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                          • #14
                            After every fish if i was using punched meat
                            Dont want to spook or overfeed them
                            If i was fishing small feeder would put about 12 maggots in a 3/4 ins home made feeder pugged both ends with micros
                            and chuck it every 1/2hr
                            My theory is the fish get used to bait lying there before picking it up
                            Would think Nathan would do something similar
                            Colin

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                            • #15
                              One of the best brands used to be Tulip
                              but we struggle to find it round here lately
                              Colin

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