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Making cheese paste

Richard Garbett

Active Member
How do you guys make up nice cheese pastes for Chub? I've got a fridge full of bits of cheese left over in fridge from christmas and some of it is quite potent.... Be interested in what you use, and do Barbel like it too? I think I possibly caught one in the early 90's on a cube of cheese but I'm not positive on that.
 

Derek Funcks

Senior Member
Hi Richard, have a read of this old thread 👍

 

Richard Isaacs

Senior Member
How do you guys make up nice cheese pastes for Chub? I've got a fridge full of bits of cheese left over in fridge from christmas and some of it is quite potent.... Be interested in what you use, and do Barbel like it too? I think I possibly caught one in the early 90's on a cube of cheese but I'm not positive on that.
My absolute favourite no 1 winter chub bait is cheese paste
No special recipe from me just a conventional one that’s been widely used for donkeys.
my step dad and I made this when I was a kid. Chub love it.
1 large egg
A few slices of stale bread and leave the crusts on and blend
Grate A strong mature cheddar (must crumble easily which helps with the binding)
A little bit of red cheese and cumin to give a bit of colour
Add the bread and cheeses to the beaten egg in moderation to form a nice thick paste. Keep kneeling it till the cheese has completely squashed in and it’s all one colour/texture.
nothing new or special about it just a good cheese paste.
 

Derek Funcks

Senior Member
50% short crust pastry
25% Danish Blue
25% Extra Mature Cheddar
1 teaspoon Turmeric

Just use any cheese you have 50/50 ratio with the pastry
Hi Neil, this was your recipe from Oct 2012,

50% short crust pastry.
25% Danish blue
25% Mature Cheddar
2ml Richworth blue cheese flavour
1 tea spoon of Turmeric

spotted it in the old thread link 🙂👍

so youv'e ditched the 2ml of Richworth. 😃
 

Neil Blood

Senior Member
Hi Neil, this was your recipe from Oct 2012,

50% short crust pastry.
25% Danish blue
25% Mature Cheddar
2ml Richworth blue cheese flavour
1 tea spoon of Turmeric

spotted it in the old thread link 🙂👍

so youv'e ditched the 2ml of Richworth. 😃
Can't get it anymore and it still stinks without it 😜
 

Mark Swaby

Senior Member
What I like about cheese paste is that its very easy to add a flavour,colour or spice to make the bait very individual to you. I tend to change the bait flavour every 6 weeks to give the fish something new. Aldi do 1kg blocks of cheese for £3.99 either mature or mellow, when grated with liquidised bread a spice and margarine this makes about 1.5kg of bait . A very cheap quality bait which most fish love,grow fat on very quickly and bream tend to avoid.
 

Bob Watson

Senior Member
Mark Erdwin has a good youtube video on cheese paste.

Personally I don't like the pastry variants as they go hard in cold water, although I did use it for years because it was the first and only recipe I tried.
 

Stephen Goderski

Senior Member
Bob, perhaps you need a bit more cheese if your paste hardens too much in cold water?

I use ready rolled shortcrust pastry and have no problems.

As has been said on this thread it's an easy bait to experiment with and I can't help adding a colour or a flavour (invariably both).
 

Bob Watson

Senior Member
Perhaps, to be honest it's been a few years since I made it, my preferred winter chub bait being bread, a big piece of!!
 

Richard Isaacs

Senior Member
I would say all pastes in cold water get tougher and a bit of forward thinking can resolve this simply by making a softer paste than Ideal to start with and let the cold water temp bring it to a usable consistency.

Unrelated but similar principle.......
When I fabricate something that I want to be square I know as soon as I apply heat to it through welding it’s going to pull and be out of square.
The trick is to start with it out of square and let the process pull it true for you.
A clean strike should always see that hook pull through paste every time in any water temp.
My cheese pastes are always too soft to start with
 

Terry Simner

Senior Member
My guiding principle is ...if you keep it in the fridge (i.e. @ ~3'c) and it feels a nice consistency straight from the fridge, it'll stick around your hook and be soft enough to strike though in the coldest of water. Generally, if it feels too hard then it's not got enough oil in it (I prefer oil to fat, that is, fat that's liquid at 3'c e.g. hemp oil)
 
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