1. Sprinkle 1 ½ to 2 tblsp. cure onto egg skeins (per pound of roe), getting between flaps of skein (sprinkle with skin side down/eggs up.) Whole skeins can be folded open and cured whole, or cut up into clusters. 2. Place eggs in container, allow to develop juice. Let skeins stand in juice for 30 min. to 1 hour. Roll eggs around several times to make sure juice totally penetrates eggs. 3. Remove skeins, shake off excess juice and drain in a strainer 1 to 2 hours. 4. Set skeins out on screening and allow to air dry for several hours or longer. (Times vary significantly due to temperature, humidity.) 5. When eggs are of desired firmness or texture, package in glass, plastic containers or zip bag. Store in fridge for weeks, in freezer up to 1 yr.
1. Sprinkle cure onto skeins, cut clusters, or single eggs, using 2 ½ to 3 tblsp. per pound of roe. Immediately place roe in glass jar. 2. Seal Container, allow juice to develop. Turn jar over, leave for second day. All juice will be absorbed into eggs. Use eggs immediately or store in refrigerator or freezer.
1. In a plastic container, mix 1 cup of PRO-CURE into 2 qrts. Water. Add 1 cup non-iodized salt, a cup sugar (white or brown), 1 cup powdered borax. Mix well until all dissolved. 2. Place skeins, clusters, or sections of skeins (3” x4” flaps) in brine, mix well. Soak 20 min. to 1 hour maximum. Remove from brine, drain 1 hr. Place in strainer, drain overnight. Use or store in cool place. Brine cures 15 to 20 pounds of roe. If scum develops, remove with strainer.
Listed below are some other cure's you may want to try!
BASIC SULFITE CURE
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:
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.
JESSE'S WIZARD CURE