|Mmmm... Spicy boilies!|
Most of it went straight into the wheelie bin. I did salvage the almost new looking rolling tables and the chip basket. This sat around for a while until I had a chance to do a bit of research into what I needed to get going. My! This is one weird subject. There seems to be several schools of thought out there ranging from "Don't bother, buy a bag of ready made" to recipes that include dozens of ingredients. After a while, I came to the conclusion there is no definitive answer to what should or should not be included in the mix. I decided to settle on a mix and have a go.
The recipeI found a basic recipe published by the guru of boilie making Ant Wood. He has probably published more recipes for home-made boilies, and all sorts of other bait, than anyone else I could find. He has written a few books and I have ordered one for further reading. My recipe, although based on others, is made using my own ground-bait mix.
The basic recipe:
- 200g Ground-bait
- 100g Semolina
- 50g Rice Flour
- 50g Dried Skimmed Milk
- 225g Eggs in their shells
The ground bait mix is made up from 50% very dry and fine, sieved, breadcrumb. I have taken up using a pestle and mortar for this - very therapeutic! This is mixed with 25% gingernut biscuits and 25% custard cream biscuits. These can be bought very cheaply from the supermarkets, have a hunt around. I bought mine for twenty-odd pence for 300g packs. These were whizzed in a food processor until they are really fine. The sticky stuff in the custard creams (which, incidentally I can't stand the taste of) adds a bit of moisture to the mix and a very pungent smell. I have used this mix with or without 'additives' and it seems to work well. Mixed with lake water and balled up onto small golf-ball sized lumps it makes a nice cloud as it descends. Unfortunately the swans seem to like it too.
|The strawberry paste is ready|
Off we go...For each batch all the dry ingredients were thoroughly mixed together. The eggs were whisked in a separate bowl. Colour was added to the egg mix, dry or wet and flavours were added, dry to dry and wet to wet. The dry ingredients were gradually added to the wet while being whisked in using a fork. As the mix became stiff, the fork was abandoned and it was in with the hands to knead the mixture to a stiff paste, while adding as much of the dry ingredients as the paste will take. When it will no longer stick to the hands, it is ready. I still had a few grams of dry mixture left. This was added to my 'been to the bank' groundbait stock, so that nothing goes to waste. I have not bothered to show these mixing stages as there are plenty of step-by-step articles and videos on the internet already! Powder and liquid being combined in a mixing bowl do not make exciting still photographs!
|Water at a vigorous boil|
|Cooking about thirty boilies at a time keeps the water close to the boil|