Steelhead egg with what works.

Roe Cures - Roe Brines

Which roe cure you decide on just depends on your personal experience and opinion.
There are many commercial egg cures available to choose from, many are well known brand names such as Pro Cure, Shur-Cure and Atlas. 

There is also the simple basic cures which consist of sugar, salt and Borax.  Some recipes include extra things for color, either food coloring, colored jello, or a small amounts of commercial dyes.
When you research the home cures you find one thing in common…most of them contain the same three basic items, but the proportions are all different.
My advise is to pick one and try it for a season,

Here are a few that I picked out that are similar to what we use in our fishing guide service. None are the quite the same and of course, we add those additional ‘trade secret ingredients.’

Note: I have had baits store as long a three years without any loss of quality when vacuum packed. If you are an avid fisherman and you use roe as bait, consider one of the various vacuum packing machines on the market today. Without a doubt this is the best way of storing your cured eggs in the freezer. The Foodsaver vacuum packer has been in use for us for 5 years without any problems.

Dry cures

Plain Jane eggs…No added color

1 ½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup Sea Salt or non-iodized salt
4 cups Borax
Mix ingredients thoroughly

Butterfly your egg skeins, If these are large cut them in half as well.
I use common snap top plastic boxes just for my egg curing, you can also use Ziploc bags.
Place your eggs in the dry mixture and store for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove eggs from the mixture, shake any excess off.
Rinse and then air dry for 12 hours in the refrigerator.
Vacuum pack or vacuum jar the skeins.

Simple Borax

Butterfly egg skeins and work Borax into the skeins making sure all the crevices have the powder worked into them.

Place at least 2 layers of newspaper on your counter
Place several layers of paper towels on the newspaper and then place a layer of borax on your towels. Place the skeins on top and cover with another layer of Borax.

Wrap the skeins and Borax  It is wise to place this bundle into a large pan or container. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Turn at least once during this period.

Unwrap and cut into large clusters. Place these in a container (Ziploc bags work well) layer eggs with a layer of fresh borax continue until all eggs are covered. Remove as much air as possible zip closed and freeze.


Plain Brine

1 cup Borax
1 cup non-iodized  salt
1 cup sugar
4 cups distilled water

split the egg skeins and place in brine….20 – 25 minutes for small eggs, up to an hour for large eggs

remove eggs from brine drain and allow to dry to touch.
You can use a set of raised window screens covered with paper towels.. A fan will speed drying up dramatically

You can add color to the brine or a couple of tablespoons of a prepared egg cure. If your choice is a commercial roe cure, this will color and add the chemicals to help prevent mold. I've used Pro Cure with good results.
Place in borax or vacuum pack and freeze.
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