Do the eggs have to be fresh?
Q1: Do the eggs have to be fresh?
A: Yes. We recommend that you cure your eggs as soon as possible. Eggs should be bagged and iced as soon as they are removed from the fish, and they should be cured within 24 hours. After 24 hours, the egg starts to break down and leak out of the membrane. It is impossible to finish with spectacular bait if you start out with a leaky, spoiled egg.
Q2: Can I freeze my fresh eggs until I have time to cure them?
A: NO. When eggs are frozen, the fluid inside of the egg freezes and the egg cells are ruptured. Once the egg is thawed, the fluid will leak out, and you will not have a quality egg to start the curing process.
Q3: Do I wash the blood from the egg skeins?
A: NO. We recommend that you wipe away as much of the blood as you can with paper towels. Water will weaken the scent and the milking ability.
Q4: Should I cut my skeins into bait size pieces or should I cure them as full skeins?
A: Quick Cure can be used either way; however, it is very important to make sure that you get cure in all the little spaces of the skeins. It is best to open the skein up if you decide to cure a full skein.
Q5: Do my eggs have to be at room temperature when I cure them?
A: YES, if you want a drier egg. Quick Cure absorbs better when used at room temperature.
Q6: How much Quick Cure should I use?
A: By trying different amounts, you will learn to custom cure your eggs. Use more Quick Cure if you like a dry bait, and less if you like your bait moist. The picture to the right is just a convenient amount to work with. Your project may take more or less depending on the "dryness" you wish to achieve.
Q7: Can I mix the Quick Cure colors together?
A: ABSOLUTELY. You can make your own custom bait color.
Q8: Can I add scents during the juicing process?
A: You can add scents if you would like, but Quick Cure eggs do not need anything added to them in order to catch fish.
Q9: Does Quick Cure stain surfaces?
A: YES. Quick Cure will stain some surfaces and clothing. Usually, it washes off of skin with soap and water.
Q10: Is Quick Cure poisonous?
A: NO. If it is ingested in a large quantity, then you should call the poison control center. If your pet should ingest Quick Cure, then he/she will probably experience digestive discomfort.
Q11: No matter how hard I try, I canít get a dry egg: what am I doing wrong?
A: You may need to blame it on the weather! The moisture in the air may affect the curing process. Try placing your eggs in front of the refrigerator while they are juicing so they can have a small amount of heat. DO NOT EVER PLACE THEM IN FRONT OF A HEATER. You should also make sure that you are letting them juice for only an hour and a half before you drain them. During the draining process, you can rotate your container by picking it up and turning it horizontally a few times. This will add air to the eggs and will help you to end with a drier bait. More information on draining
Q12: Once I have cured my eggs, do I need to freeze them?
A: NO. They will remain fresh for a couple of months in your refrigerator. For longer storage, we recommend storing your cured baits in vacuum-sealed glass jars. These jars can then be either refrigerated or stored in a cool dark place. Eggs pictured to the right are one year old.
Q13: Is it better to store my cured eggs in plastic or glass?
A: GLASS. The chemicals in Quick Cure can absorb the plastic odor.
Q14: Where can I purchase cured eggs like the ones pictured on this website?
A: Limited quantities are available from Carol's Bait, 3603 Third Street, Tillamook, OR. 97141 or call 503-842-5550