It’s well known that frozen boilies require a little more effort to ensure they maintain freshness. But how long do frozen boilies last once thawed?
The truth is, it depends on a number of variables and your own personal preference.
However, typically if you were to take them out of the freezer and not return them, they will probably last a few days before they begin to lose some of their attraction and nutritional value.
But how can you make your frozen boilies go even further?
Let’s find out more.
Why don’t frozen boilies last as long as shelf life?
Frozen boilies are typically made with fresh ingredients.
They contain no preservatives, unlike shelf life boilies which can last for up to 12 months.
This means that as soon as they are out of the freezer, they begin their process of breaking down, exactly like fresh fruit and vegetables.
You can however keep them frozen for months at a time without worrying about them going off.
And that’s why carp bait companies advise that you put them in the freezer as soon as you receive them.
How long will frozen boilies last whilst I’m fishing?
Frozen boilies will typically last a few days when you’re out fishing, considering you store them correctly in a cold environment, away from direct sunlight.
If you’re fishing in hot weather, you may start to see them lose their freshness much sooner.
With that in mind, you need to keep them as cool as possible on the bank.
A good cool bag along with some ice packs will help to keep them fresh for longer periods. Just remember not to overfill whatever cool bag you put them in.
If they do start to go off slightly, you’ll notice that they may gain a gooey consistency. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
But it can take away from their primary flavour. In this instance, you can simply glug them in their matching food liquid.
How long should it take to defrost frozen boilies?
It depends on the conditions but in general you can take them out for around 24 hours before your session.
You can cut this time down by leaving them in a warmer place or putting them in an air dry bag.
If you want to defrost boilies quick, it’s best to add them to an air dry bag and leave them outside in a dry place.
Giving them a shake to help move them around will help speed up the thawing process too.
If you are going for a longer session, it makes sense not to defrost them all at once. Take them with you in a cool bag and gradually air dry them as and when you need them.
Can I make frozen boilies last longer?
With boilie prices skyrocketing, they’re not longer a cheap carp bait.
Luckily, there are a few ways to make your frozen boilies last longer once thawed, including:
- Air drying them to remove the moisture completely, then storing them in an air tight container
- Rehydrating the baits once they’ve been air dried, to increase their attraction
- Simply put them back in the freezer if you have only returned from a short fishing session
Like it or not, using frozen boilies does require some extra preparation.
Production of shelf life boilies has improved and whilst they might not be the freshest, they most certainly catch their fair share of carp.
About the writer
I’m Rob, Carp Squad’s main contributor. I’ve been carp fishing on and off for 15 years, but the bug is well and truly back at the moment. Hopefully the articles I write on here help you put more carp on the bank!