Originally Posted by Srobocop
sorry, but i used to only use wax worms for whitefish fishing, but got a king this fall so i decided to keep one of the skeins. Now is boiling just a way to cure it then? what if i don't flavor it and what if i don't color it?
thanks, and sorry for being a noob haha.
Egg Cure ingredients
Mix 1 cup each of sugar, borax, and salt into 1 quart of water.
Cut eggs into bait size. Place in solution for 1 hour.
Let air dry overnight on paper towels.
Place in baggies and freeze until ready to use.
Optional: Red food coloring
Split your egg skeins lengthwise and quarter them. It's easiest to cut down the portion of the skein without the membrane and lay the sac open.
Next, with THE EXCEPTION of the eggs, bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a large pan. Make sure to stir frequently.
After the mixture has been boiled and all contents are dissolved, cool the mixture to a luke-warm temperature and then place your eggs in the brine. Allow the eggs to soak for about twenty minutes, stirring about every 7 or 8 minutes.
Then, remove the eggs from the mixture and drain in a strainer for several hours. Following this step, you will want to lay the strained eggs out in a cool place on a plastic screen or thin piece of wood for approximately 12-24 hours to dry depending on your personal preference of hardness.
Once the eggs are done to your liking, roll them in plain borax and store in a plastic container. NOTE: for loose eggs, let dry for just a few hours ... or else they will turn out like a dried pea!
You can keep them in the refrigerator for a month or so, if you plan on keeping them any longer than that, freeze in an air-tight container!
These eggs seem to milk much longer and are more rubbery, than some of the commercial cures providing you with better bait durability.
Experiment with adding shrimp oil, anise, garlic powder or other scents to the brine mixture.
Egg Cure ingredients
1 quart water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of NON-iodized salt
1 cup of borax (20 Mule Team type, not commercial quality