Try This Cure to Get A Perfect Red Egg
By: Kyle Deavers
I know it seems like I constantly change up my favorite cure – and I do. The truth is I’m always playing with different recipes and recently have found one that is my new favorite. My goal was to find a recipe where I could easily cure many skeins at once and make a bright, vibrant, red egg. This is it.
This cure is a liquid cure and it’s different than most I’ve used in the past. It’s also not as simple as many of my previous cures – and it takes more time than the others. However, the eggs come out perfect, and more important, you really can’t mess it up. If you follow the steps below you’ll end up with skeins with exceptional red color that milk extremely well.
Here’s how to do it:
Make sure you have no blood on your skein. Many anglers overlook this. Meanwhile it’s important not to. Blood can contaminate the eggs, and also make them spoil sooner. After removing the blood I lay them on paper towels for about 30 minutes to make sure any excess blood or foreign objects come off it.
Flip the eggs so they are egg side up on the paper towel. Then sprinkle Red Fire Cure over the top of the eggs. Keep in mind; this sulfite-based cure is powerful. You don’t need to overdo it. Use just enough Fire Cure to cover the top of the eggs.
This is where I prepare the wet brine portion of this process. Pour Natural Fire Brine into a container large enough for your skeins. For this recipe I used two entire bottles, but that’s because I’m curing a lot of skeins, sometimes eight at a time.
Pour an entire bottle of Pink Fire Dye on top of the Natural Fire Brine. This helps color the eggs. It also brings a color that doesn’t wash out quickly. What’s interesting is I’ve found the Red Fire Dye makes your eggs a purplish color, whereas the Pink Fire Dye makes them dark red.
At this point I add up to a half bottle of Fire Power. For anglers that don’t know what this is the power is pure powdered krill and the salmon love it. I also like that the brown color of the Fire Power makes the brine a darker red color, which is what I prefer for my skeins.
Add a half-cup of sugar. Remember, Fire Cure is a sulfite-based cure so I add some sugar to make it sweeter and it’s been working great.
Before I put my skeins the container in I stir the contents well. You want to make sure all the ingredients have dissolved into the liquid. Once that’s done I’ll place the skeins (that have been sitting out with the Fire Cure on them) in this liquid egg side down. I let them sit in this for 10 hours at room temperature.
After I let them sit for 10 hours I’ll place them in a strainer and let them sit for 45 minutes. This is so all the juices drain off the eggs. It’s like air-drying them.
Lay the eggs, egg side up, and sprinkle Natural BorX O Fire on them. This helps firm up the egg and using the natural won’t alter the color. I’ll let the BorX O Fire cure the egg overnight. You’ll notice the eggs become more firm and tackier. They are also easier to put on the hook and also stay on the hook better when casted.
*Special Note: You can re-use the liquid portion of this recipe. However, you’ll need to add the Fire Cure and BorX O Fire to the next set of skeins you cure. One thing to consider is if you are going to reuse the liquid brine make sure to keep the container in a cool place or it will spoil and become ineffective.