The last of the root vegetables are out of the ground just in time for the snow to move in…seriously it’s October and snowing like December right now.
It’s time to settle in for a long winters nap… Not really it’s time for indoor activities, like ice fishing. Ok so I’m jumping the gun a bit. There’s still the national holiday of Deer Opener and pheasant hunting to do before the ice fishing begins. But it’s time to start preparing for it.
Tuck the boat in the barn for winter and make sure the ice house is readily accessible. Get all the ice rods ready and check the tip-up’s. Minnow bucket, heater, propane tanks may need filling, pickled eggs and Buttershots and of course the auger. Yes it’s a bit early but I like to know what I have that may need replacing or what I can’t live without this season. It gets pretty cold around here and as you can tell I like my outdoor activities indoors (sometimes) when it’s 50 below.
What? Why yes, I said “pickled eggs and Buttershots“. What else do you eat when your fishing?
My first experience with pickled eggs was years ago. My brother went on a fishing trip with my dad and friends out west, when he came home he was telling us how they ate pickled eggs and gizzards. Yum. Not so much, I still don’t get into the gizzards but pickled eggs on the other hand are pretty good.
The pickled eggs I make need a month or two before they are ready to eat. You can see why it’s so important to begin ice fishing prep so early now. It’s a very simple recipe I use and lends itself to so many flavors.