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      I have been salt curing shiners for a few years/. I make a brine with pickling salt leave them in the brine for 5 hours in the fridge. Next they get dried on paper towels.
 then they get packed in course salt and back into the fridge.
   The longer they are in the salt the drier they will get. after they are the right consistency (for me about 6 hours) I bag them in zip lock bags on top of paper towel and store in freezer. These stay good all winter and do not fall apart like regular frozen minnows after a few thaws.
 They hold on the hooks better and the fish seem to like them.
 I have heard of people using winter grade windshield washer fluid to get similar results.
 Have any of you tried the washer fluid method? Would probably be less work.
    If you have I would like to hear your method and what your results were. 


Hoo boy, bad idea, regardless of what some people say, Winter fluid is a concentrate of methyl alcohol, aka Methanol, and that is....

Methanol (CH3OH) is a very toxic alcohol that is found in various household, automotive, and industrial agents. Methanol exposure can be extremely dangerous, with significant morbidity and mortality if left untreated. 

Besides possibly being illegal, and introducing this into a waterway, I sure wouldn't do it.  Just my .02

ice dawg:
You can put them in a bag with rv antifreeze and put them in the freezer. The antifreeze may only become slushy, but the minnows will be frozen.

Do you guys catch minnow for this purpose? Or just buy them to cure?

I just buy the frozen shiners and salt cure them when they are fresh. Once cured they can be kept in the freezer for at least a year. they do not  go bad and stay on the hook better.  I bring a few zip lock bags of them along for every fishing outing even in summer.


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