Egg Cures

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It's easy with PRO-CURE Custom Egg Curing Supplies. Just follow the suggested recipes, or experiment on your own to come up with your secret "can't miss" egg cure.

Basic Sulfite Cure
Customize Premade Egg Cures
Hot Cure
Jesse's Wizard Cure
Steelhead Cure
Wizard Egg Cure
Chinook

 

BASIC SULFITE CURE

  • 1 cup     white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup     non iodized salt
  • 1 cup     Pro-Cure Sodium Sulfite
  • Add 1/8 to 1 Teaspoon     Pro-Cure Bad Azz Bait Dye to get Fluorescent colored eggs.

Mix well until all ingredients are blended.

This is a great basic cure. It should cure about 1 pound of eggs for every 2 to 3 tablespoons of this cure. This is a heavy milking, durable egg cure. Of course with no dye added your eggs will come out a natural egg color. Here are a few hints to improve it.

Add 1 cup Pro-Cure Plain Borax (or Pro-Cure colored Borax) to the above recipe. The borax will not only toughen the individual egg 'shell' but also toughens the membrane (skein) that holds the eggs together. Adding the plain white borax will give you a nice natural colored egg. By adding the colored borax to your basic cure you can put some really neat subtle colors into your eggs (reds, pinks and oranges.) By adding the borax you can omit the salt, or cut down the amount you are using. Also don't be afraid to mix the colored Borax with the Fluorescent Bad Azz Bait Dyes. You can get some really neat custom colors this way.

Adding dye: for the traditionally bright fluorescent colored eggs try adding some of PRO-CURE's new Bad Azz Bait Dyed to the above curing formula. Experiment until you get the color egg you want. Start by adding small amounts of the dye to your formula. For example start by adding 1/4 teaspoon of the Brilliant Fluorescent Red dye to your basic formula, shake it all up and try it on a few fresh egg clusters. If it's too pale a color add more dye to your basic formula until you have the color egg you want. With the new Bad Azz Bait Dye you can cure eggs into fluorescent red, pink, purple, orange, chartreuse and blue. (note: if you have dark eggs or previously frozen or salted eggs you are best to stick to the dominant colors like red, purple and blue. To get the best results with the orange, pink and chartreuse dyes its best to work with the freshest, palest eggs.

1 to 2 tablespoons Sodium Metabisulfite can be added to the above cure. Salmon really love the flavor of this "hot' Chemical, but be cautious. If you add too much it will fry your eggs. They will melt down in front of your eyes, and turn into deflated strings of goo, or your eggs may turn rock hard. A maximum amount for the above egg cure would be 1/8 of a cup.

1 Tablespoon of Sodium Nitrite can also be added to the above formula. It is a flavor the salmon seem to like, but it is also a powerful mold inhibitor. The Japanese use it a lot is their salt brines for eggs as it gives natural eggs a deep reddish color.

Bite Stimulants and attractants: add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Monster Bite to any of the above formulas. These powerful amino acids will really put lock jaw salmon and steelhead on the bite.

 

CUSTOMIZE PREMADE COMMERCIAL EGG CURES

If you don't want to mess around with building your own custom egg cure it's really easy to customize an existing egg cure to your liking. With all of the pressure from really good fisherman it is of vital importance to have an egg that is just a little bit different. Here are some suggestions:

Carefully pour out the contents of a 12 ounce bottle of PRO-CURE Egg Cure into a tight lidded plastic jar. The dye dust will float around so make sure you do this somewhere you won't be ruining your house, furniture, carpet, etc. Now add:
1 heaping tablespoon Sodium Metabisulfite
1 teaspoon Monster Bite

The addition of both of these ingredients will give your cure a totally different flavor. You can also add 1 cup of Pro-Cure Borax (white or colored) to get a tougher, less sticky egg.

 

HOT CURE

  • 1 cup       White granulated sugar
  • 1 cup       Pro-Cure plain white or colored Borax
  • 1/8 cup       Pro-Cure Sodium Sulfite
  • 1/8 cup       Pro-Cure Sodium Metabisulfite
  • 1 tablespoon       Pro-Cure Sodium Nitrite

 

JESSE'S WIZARD CURE
From Oregon guide Jesse Zalonis.

Jesse can be reached for further information at www.fishhouseguideservice.com He regularly fishes the Nestucca River and is very good at what he does.

Mix in equal amounts:

  • 1/3 Double Neon Red Wizard
  • 1/3 pure white cane sugar
  • 1/3 Pro-Cure Special Process Plain white Borax

Cut fresh skeins into bait size pieces or larger chunks. Layer into a plastic container: eggs, cure, eggs, and so on. Gently roll eggs in container and let soak in juices for 12 to 24 hours. Eggswill suck up most of the juice that originally forms. Remove and let dry on newspaper or paper towels to desired texture. At this point scents can be added to eggs. Recently I've been using the new Super Gels in Krill, Shrimp and Sweet Craw. Another favorite is to mix Pro-Cure Herring Oil and Herring Bait sauce 50 /50, then add a squirt of Anise Pus Oil to the mixture and dribble a few drops onto my eggs. I roll them around and put them up in plastic containers.

 

STEELHEAD CURE

  • 1 cup       White granulated sugar
  • 1 cup       Non iodized Salt
  • 1 cup       Pro-Cure Borax (plain white or colored)
  • 1 tea       Monster Bite
  • 1/8 to 1 teaspoon       Fluorescent dye if desired

 

WIZARD EGG CURE

Carefully pour out the contents into a tight lidded plastic jar. The dye dust will float around so make sure you do this somewhere you won't be ruining your house, furniture, carpet, etc. Now add:
1 heaping tablespoon Sodium Metabisulfite
You can also add 1 cup of Pro-Cure Borax (white or colored) to get a tougher, less sticky egg.

For a sweeter egg add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white granulated sugar to any of the above formulas.