Asa or anyone else: I am wanting to preserve some bait using 20M.T. Borax- what would be the recommended amount per pint and is it helpful to dissolve in water like sod. benzoate? Also, does the type of flesh make much difference in its preservation qualities?
I've heard of trappers using Borax but I have not personally worked with it. Sodium benzoate is best and does not cost much from a trapping supply dealer. However, if money is a problem, one can preserve quite well with plain pickling salt purchased for the grocery store. Unless one is prebaiting where they may not want a salty bait or trapping around livestock or heavily populated deer areas, then salt is just as good as anything. I have no idea what borax might taste like if one was prebaiting or if it would attract livestock and deer to the set. Personally I have not noticed any difference between bait preserved with salt or sodium benzoate. Use 8 ozs of sodium benzoate per gallon of cut bait and let the bait then age in a cool dark place for a while until it quits working completely. Otherwise the bait jars might still explode. If one intends to bottle and use right away, especially in warm weather, they should double the amount of benzoate per gallon. This doubling the amount applies to fish also. Disolving it in water first helps to ensure the preservative penetrates well, complete and quicker. When using pickling salt double the amount one would use of sodium benzoate. Ace
i read in a book that it is better to use sodium benzonite than borox becasue if a critter steals your bait and he eats it, it will taste like soap- making not come to anything that smells like that. just thought id let you know.
Here's my problem: sod.benz. is on the dealers shelf and 20 mt borax is on the laundry room shelf. I wanted to get it done Thursday evening before I leave town for a wedding.
As far as other preservatives, I am going to mix some fish this summer with phosphouric acid to preserve. Why? because I have a drum left over from ensiling eggs and I like the "soupy" bait produced. Anybody else ever tried that?
If you lower the pH enough you will inhibit growth of most organisms. However, there are some that are acidophiles. Concentration of acid is also a factor.
I'm sorry that I cannot be of more help on the acid and borax, which is infact, a basic substance. Can you chill your bait until you get some Nabenzoate? Borax preserves things to some extent but I associate its use in association with low of water content. I'm doubtful that the addition of Borax to bait will perform as you want it to.
I have experimented with chunks of bobcat meat preserved with pickling salt and found no negative effects. In fact, with that much salt the fox and coyotes dug up and ate the bait everytime anyway, it didn't seem to affect them at all. I also did the same with salted smelt preserved in barrels, layered in salt. Same thing, they ate them everyday anyway. I have concluded that the taste of food to an animal, within reason, makes no difference. It is the food value content that they are concerned about eating for survival. Ace
Maybe I'm mistaken , but I think most animals are not offended by salt and in fact will sometimes go out of their way to get it . (deer , rabbits ,etc) I will not argue the effectivness of different chemicals and their affects on bait , but if the salt will preserve it , I dont see that being a bad thing .
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