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Old 09-07-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Can you freeze sliced smoked salmon? (lox)

This is a topic by Greg Who Cooks, I am trying to see if it will allow me to post it.

I moved about 20 miles from the San Fernando Valley to the Santa Clarita Valley. I love my new home but one of the things I had to give up was my local Super King international supermarket in Northridge. I have all the mainstream supermarkets (Ralphs, Albertson's, Von's, Vallarta, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market) within a short distance, but I miss Super King because they have a huge selection of international foods and really, really inexpensive smoked salmon, more than double the price at SK.

Local supermarkets sell lox for about $32/lb, SK sells nicer lox for $14/lb.

I get out to the SK area every week or 10 days, not worth driving out specifically to shop there. I visited a few days ago and bought about 4 lb. of lox. It seems to last pretty long. I've bought 3 packages before, ate lox on a bagel every morning, and it was still good when I ran out.

But it would be really good if I can buy it in bulk and just freeze most of the packages. (Packages are around a pound each.)

So my question: how does sliced salmon fare in the freezer? I would move a package from freezer to refrigerator a few days before I run out.

Will this work?
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Do you have a vacuum sealer? I know that here they sell frozen smoked salmon...I've never taken freshly smoked salmon and frozen it, but perhaps s/one has.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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I agree with CWS about using a vacuum sealer, if the packages aren't already vacuum sealed. I buy frozen, sliced Norwegian smoked salmon at Costco all the time.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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I freeze sliced smoked salmon with good results. If the package is unopened, I just freeze it as is. If the package has been opened, I wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap, then wrap in foil, and add to a ziplock freezer bag.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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Thanks folks and thanks Fi.

My sliced smoked salmon are already cryovac sealed but not frozen. I'll move a few packages to the freezer as soon as I post.

I hope we get the forum bug fixed that prevented me from posting this topic myself.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:39 PM   #6
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p.s. I hope it works out okay. I just tossed about $30 worth of lox (over 2#) into the freezer.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:54 PM   #7
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p.s. I hope it works out okay. I just tossed about $30 worth of lox (over 2#) into the freezer.
I have room in my freezer....
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:55 PM   #8
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The worst that can happen is some loss of quality. I'm sure if you thaw properly, it will be safe to eat.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:09 PM   #9
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I'm not worried about safe to eat. I'm sure they'll be safe. My worry was loss of quality.

Anyway I'm having lox and bagel, cream cheese and onion for breakfast tomorrow!

I sure hope Super King opens a supermarket in Valencia soon!

(If you live in L.A. you should check them out. So far they are a regional L.A. chain, perhaps several locations in LA/OC.)
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I have never noticed a loss of quality in the frozen smoked salmon that I buy. I've even partially defrosted the pack, removed half for current consumption, and refrozen the partially thawed part with no loss of quality. The reason I partially thaw is to be able to separate the slices.
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