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Curing and Preserving Salmon or
Trout Eggs for Bait, Technique #1

     Friday, October 24, 2014
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How to cure and preserve eggs
from salmon or trout for bait.

For the best bait possible cure and preserve only the best salmon and trout eggs. You are wasting your time if you did not properly store the eggs prior to the curing process. You should cure the salmon or trout eggs within 24 hours of catching the fish. The eggs are like poultry eggs or meat you buy at a store will go bad if not kept cool and refrigerated. If possible bleed the fish prior to collecting or removing the the eggs from the fish. The best method is to cut one or two of the gill plates. Blood in the eggs can ruin the eggs in less than an hour if not stored properly. Curing the salmon or trout eggs allows you to store the eggs in the refrigerator for a month or freezer for up to a year.

eggs from female brown trout   We collected eggs from a Brown Trout. Blood in the eggs can ruin the eggs in less than an hour if not stored properly. If there is excessive blood mixed with the eggs use river water to gently rinse the eggs. Drain all water. All blood must be removed before curing the eggs. The eggs must then be kept cold.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 1
You will need a two large plastic bowls, a plastic spoon, eggs, paper towels, a plastic paint strainer, and a quality salmon egg cure.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 2
Drain all fluid from the eggs. If there is any trace of blood, rinse the eggs with distilled or river water. Do not use tap water.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 3
Trout Eggs ready for curing.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 4
Follow the directions on the product label. Generally you will sprinkle the cure on the eggs. Do not use your hand or a metal spoon.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 5
Gently stir the eggs to distribute the salmon egg cure evenly to all the eggs.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 6
The eggs now must rest for at least 1/2 hour or more. Follow your cures directions. We usually refrigerate the eggs at this time.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 7
During the curing process, fluid will be removed from the eggs.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 8
Drain the fluid from the eggs using the plastic paint strainer. Discard the fluid, be careful as with most cures the fluid will stain most items. We use a plastic paint strainer because the curing fluid will ruin metal strainers.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 9
Drain the eggs for 5 minutes and stir gently with the plastic spoon during the draining.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 10
Gently pour the drained cured salmon or trout eggs on paper towels. Discard the curing fluid carefully it will stain most clothing.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 11
After air drying for 10 minutes the eggs will become firm and tacky. Gently spoon the cured eggs into plastic bags.
 
cure salmon eggs   Step 12
Curing salmon or trout eggs allows storage in the refrigerator for a months or frozen for up to a year.


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