This is a batch of eggs I made using a custom sodium sulphite cure. These basic curing steps will work across the spectrum of readily available commercial cures too.
Got your eggs, cure, cutting board, knife, latex gloves and bucket. If your allergic to sulfites don't use this cure. If your unsure about sulphite allergies be extremely cautious and use the cure in a well ventilated area.
Push the blood out of the skeins with the back of the knife.
Fillet the skein length wise so the skein lays open.
1/2 the skein and on the small end you can save the tip for a bait
Finished tip with extra bait tip
Alternative baits cut at every 3rd fold before filleting
Sprinkle the bait like its in need of a heavy salting. Be sure to work the cure into the folds. (Put the gloves on or your hands will stain)
Eggs beginning to juice almost immediately
fully juiced eggs sitting in liquid. At this point you can pour off some excess to produce a firmer bait. Add oils for absorption phase or let the natural juices reabsorb. Which is what I did on this batch.
Freshly removed from refrigerator 12 hrs after cure sprinkling
At this point I flipped the eggs over in a fresh container to soak up the remaining juice for another 24 hrs. They are now cured and can be frozen or prepped for use later.
Prepping for use ,remove bait from container and cut to size. Roll in borax and let dry to touch or bag immediately depending on how tough you want the bait.
I prefer my clusters to be firm so some air drying works best for me. Some folks will skip the borax step, but I prefer the drier eggs on my hands while fishing.
This is what we want!!