How to Salt Herring

Written by keith dooley
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Salting herring refers to the process of preparing herring as a bait for fishing. The salting, or curing process typically involves a rock salt brine solution into which the herring is placed over night. Salting the herring helps to toughen the bait and set the scales as a bait. An additive can be included in the brine to provide extra brightness in the water. Salting herring is a necessary part of preparing the fish as a bait.

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Things you need

  • 1 cup rock salt
  • 1 quart water
  • Bait bright
  • Anise oil
  • Plastic container with lid
  • Herring fish

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  1. 1

    Place a shallow plastic container with a tight fitting lid, on a work surface. Pour 1 cup of rock salt into the container and spread it evenly across the bottom of the container.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 quart of clean water into the container. Allow the water and rock salt to sit for an hour or so as the salty brine solution is created.

  3. 3

    Add several drops of bait brightener and anise oil to the brine solution. Add the brightener and oil based on personal preference, keeping in mind that a little of both can go a long way. As a rule of thumb, begin with 3 to 5 drops and add more if needed.

  4. 4

    Place the herring in the brine solution in the shallow plastic container. Arrange the fish so that each is covered by the solution.

  5. 5

    Cover the container securely with a lid and set it aside in a cool location overnight. Keep the container from direct sunlight or direct heat as it cures.

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