CURING HINTS FOR SKINS


PURPOSE OF CURING:

The purpose of curing is to protect freshly flayed hides and skins from attack by organisms and to render them storable for a prolonged period of time.

There are many methods to follow, but remember, to delay curing, will ensure your disappointment at the end of the day.  It only takes six hours (on a normal day) for the bacteria to destroy the root hair, causing hair slip.

Should the field preparation be done properly, there can not be any hair slip to a skin, therefore we can not take responsibility for any hair slip or damage to a skin.


METHOD:

  • Skin the animal as soon as possible after shooting,

  • Remove all excess fat, blood and meat.  Make sure that the membrane covering the skin is also removed.  Salt does not penetrate this membrane!

  • Wash off all blood and dirt,

  • If possible, soak the skin for a minimum of 3 hours, or overnight, in a saturated salt solution (about 20kg salt per 100 liters of water),

  • As you remove the skin from the solution, open and flatten the skin on a clean surface with the flesh side facing up, and cover the skin with salt.  Make sure that the salt makes contact with all fleshed surfaces.  Be liberal with salt!

Flesh / Meat left on skin                                      Membrane not removed



HINTS:

It is important, as a guideline, to use the equal quantity of salt to the weight of the skin.  The skin must then lie in salt for at least three days, after which the skin should be dried out.

There is nothing wrong in drying the skin in the sun.  The sooner the skin is dehydrated, the better.  If someone does not have the time to do this, the skin must be rolled in the salt and dried at the destination.


DO NOT...

... drag the animal or leave it in the sun after it has been shot,

... salt a skin that has already started to dehydrate.  Rather soak it in a strong salt solution and start the process from the beginning,

... leave blood, fat or flesh on the skin (salt does not penetrate fat!),

... store a skin in a plastic bag.

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