Big Al, those vacuum seal bagging units are to storing crab meat and crab cakes as what chicken is to catchin' crabs.
Here's how to do it.
First, and foremost, the crab meat or crab cakes must be quick frozen before placing in the bag to vacuum. If not frozen, the vacuuming process will cause the crab meat and crab cakes to become crab pancakes. SO, form the fresh crab meat and crab cakes (make from your favorite recipe) into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet into your freezer for about 1 hour, until the crab meat and crab cakes are very firm (press down on them and if they begin to collapse, put them back in the freezer for another 30 minutes...you want them to retain their ball shape). When hard enough, place them in the bag and separated by space. The bag should look something like this:
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I still have 4 bags of crab cakes (with 6 cakes per bag)
in my freezer from Jul-Sep of last year. Not a sign of freezer burn, dryout, or frost inside the bags. I put the package date on each bag. The crab cakes taste just as great as the day they were made -- maybe a little better because the ingredients have mingled. So, just remember to quick freeze first. Oh yeah, I forgot. Your son and you are gonna have a falling out. You're never gonna give him back the vacuuming unit. Guaranteed!
So, go out and buy one. They range in price from $90 to
around $140. You're gonna love it!