Bait Secrets #3: Frozen, Salted, or Canned? What is better?!
Which type of preservation is really the better...
...and are canned boilies as much worse as many carp anglers claim?
We'll explain the difference and show you what's better or worse!
Difference: Freezer Baits (frozen boilies), salted and preserved!
Freezer Baits (frozen boilies)
This type of preservation is the first choice for many "professional" carp anglers.
Advantage: Freezer Baits are boilies that are neither preserved nor salted. These types of boilies are often offered by companies that produce to order. (Rolling service) So you always get 100% fresh bait.
Disadvantage: On the one hand, a refrigerator or a freezer is required in which the boilies can be stored. Depending on the quantity ordered, it can sometimes get pretty cramped here or you have to buy a separate freezer in which you can freeze the boilies.
On the other hand, the shelf life of the boilies is greatly reduced and varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Often a period of only 3 months to a year is given here. However, this can deviate greatly, as it also happens that the boilies are simply stored incorrectly by the angler and the baits either lose their taste and nutritional values or, in the worst case, start to mold!
100% naturally preserved. These boilies are salted before packaging and then sealed. This variant is often offered by smaller boilie manufacturers, as it is sometimes the simplest and cheapest method of preserving a boilie.
Advantage: The boilies are preserved in the most natural way and can therefore be kept for 6 - 12 months. This is inexpensive and easy for the manufacturer. Salting the bait makes it rock hard very quickly. Some (Big Fish) anglers prefer this type of boilie because they are easier to feed with a throwing rod and other fish species do not like to eat them!
Disadvantage: The salt removes all moisture from the boilies and makes them rock hard. Even if this makes them better suited for selective fishing for big carp, they lose a lot of their attractiveness and attractiveness.
Another disadvantage is that salted boilies have to be shaken in the packaging from time to time so that the salt is redistributed. It is therefore not possible to store these boilies without hesitation over a longer period of time.
These boilies are preserved by adding certain substances.
It must be said in advance that there are now major differences between different preservatives.
With cheap boilies, artificial additives are added to the bait, which makes it bitter and therefore the carp do not like to eat it.
These are usually priced between €2.50 and €4.50.
In contrast, higher-quality boilies also contain high-quality preservatives, which are 100% tasteless and odorless and also completely harmless to fish or the environment! From a price of approx. 6 € per 1 kilo of boilies, such preservers are used.
Advantage: Boilies can be kept for at least 24 months without any loss of quality! If they have still not been used up after this time, they can still be used for a long time to come. After this time, the flavor and nutrients only take off very slowly. Mold will hardly ever form on the boilies as long as they are sealed in the original packaging! It also does not require any special storage. The boilies can also be dried in the air so that they harden and are therefore in no way inferior to salted boilies!
Disadvantage: unfortunately discredited by many anglers!
What do we use:
For us, simplicity, practicality and high quality come first!
In addition, we would like to offer the angler the security that his bait can be stored for a longer period of time without having to fear any loss of quality!
And for exactly this reason we preserve our boilies exclusively with the highest quality preservatives!
Our preservation process is as follows:
1st step of preservation for fishy or spicy boilies:
With these boilies, there is already an optimal salt content in the basic mix, which offers the first step in preservation. In addition, this salt makes the boilie even more attractive, as it acts as a flavor enhancer and carp like to eat salty baits.
2nd step of preservation for sweet or nutty boilies:
Here we use the sweetener Neohesperidin DC. This is also used in the food industry and is known as E959. It is tasteless and odorless and does not make the boilies bitter but only sweeter, which in turn has a positive effect on the popularity with carp!
3rd step of preservation (we will go into more detail on this in a separate article!)
With us, boilies are still boiled and not steamed! (You can find out why in another post!) The water in which we boil the boilies has a salt content of 20%, which further preserves the bait!
4. Packing according to the latest standards
After cooking, our boilies are air-dried and then immediately packed and securely sealed airtight and can therefore be kept for at least 24 months and ready to be used anywhere!