Herring Brine

My favorite herring brine recipe! It’s best prepared the night before and leaving the herring in the brine, only removing a few to have pre-cut. After herring has been in the bring for 24 hours, it can all be removed and kept cold until it’s too soft to fish. This will brine 3-4 dozen herring

  • 2 qts purified, non-chlorinated water or river water
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs Mrs. Stuart’s Bluing – for SHINE and bringing out the blues, greens, and purples in the scales
  • ¼ cup powdered milk - to keep the scales set and in tact when the herring gets ‘burnt’ from the salt

Sometimes I might add Bad Azz Bait Dye to a small Ziplok bag and dye a few herring to try something new. I never add dye to an entire batch of herring in case that color isn’t what the fish want.

I also will inject scent into herring on occasion to see if that strikes more bites than no scent or a different option

In case of a time crunch or when I’m traveling and need more brine quickly, I’ll use Pro Cures Brine-N-Tight if I don’t have time or the ingredients and I’m on the go