COOL DESICCATION (drying) OF MUSHROOMS

The immature specimens are the best in quality, digestibility and potency. They are characterized as being very light in color with white stems and light colored caps. The cap will spread out after the veil breaks. Just before or right after the veil breaks is a good time to harvest. The gills on the underside of the cap will be light in color. The mushrooms will be conical shaped and sporulation hasn't really begun yet. These are the mushrooms that are the best for harvesting.

1. The easiest way to dry the fungi is to place them on a wire screen with air available to all sides. Never dry them in an oven or use hot air dryers. The heat leaches the chemical constituents and reduces their quality.

2. Using a frost free (dehumidifying) refrigerator works but it is time consuming and then everyone doesn't have a frost free fridge.

3. Using desiccant to cool dry mushrooms is overall, the best drying technique.


MATERIALS NEEDED - Desiccant - Wire screen - Plastic tub or container - Plastic bag with tie off.

DESICCANT SOURCES

1. "DRIERITE" desiccant. (chemical and science supply retailers). It is the universal lab desiccant.
2. Silica Gel granules - desiccant. (Chemical and science supply)
3. "DAMP GONE" - (looks like kitty litter - for drying closets and damp places in the home) - available at well stocked hardware stores. This is inexpensive desiccant but works as well as any.

Note: These products might have toxicity warnings - (don't breathe the dust and try not to touch it directly - it dries skin.). Follow those rules, but know that desiccant in an airtight box and under a screen will do nothing to the fungi except dry them. It is completely safe for this use.

What desiccant does, is absorb moisture out of the air. As the fungus transpires moisture, the moisture is immediately absorbed back into the desiccant, drying the fungi. Desiccant can be reused and lasts indefinitely. After use, the desiccant is heated, dried and stored for future use. Store it in an air tight container so that it stays dry and ready for use. Heat the desiccant in an oven as instructed by the manufacturer. This preheating should be done before the desiccant is used because when it is purchased - it is usually somewhat damp which will thwart its function for drying air.

In drying a medium sized mushroom such as Psilocybe Cubensis, use a 1 inch layer of desiccant on the bottom of the container, under the mushrooms. Place the mushrooms on a wire screen and lay them on the desiccant that is in the container. Put the container with the shrooms and desiccant into a plastic bag. A garbage bag type wire tie is sufficient to close the bag. If a clear plastic bag can be found, use that to observe the drying process. After 24 hours, a little shriveling of the shrooms can be seen. About 4 or 5 days later, the shrooms will be dried rock hard. To check the drying - the stem should snap cleanly when bent.

For the best alkaloid preservation technique, the desiccant box can be put into the refrigerator and the mushrooms dried at near freezing temperatures.

Pre drying the mushrooms in the air on a wire screen works very well if the the room humidity is not high. After a couple of days, the shriveling fungus can be quickly and completely dried in the desiccant box.

Mushrooms dried in this way lose hardly any chemical constituents and their truly desiccated state preserves them in their prime for months.

Store them by sealing them in plastic bags or keep them in canning jars with the rubber edged canning lid on tight (as in the photo - dried shrooms in little bags stored on top of desiccant). The freezer is a good place for preservation, but make sure the fungi are tightly sealed in their containers to protect them against the moisture in the freezer.




Grow Mushrooms from Spores
PF-Tek for Simple Minds PF-Tek voor de gewone man | La PF-Tek pour les nuls PF-Tek für einfache Gemüter | PF-Tek απλ?ς λογικ?ς | PF-Tek Senza Fatica | PF-Tek iesacejiem | PF-Tek Paprastoms Mintims | PF-Tek for Lavpanner | PF-Tek pentru oameni simpli | PF-Tek na jednostavan nacin | PF-Tek za telebane | PF-Tek para Mentes Simples | PF-Tek för latmaskar |
Laminar Flow Hood - Build a HEPA filter flowhood | Hotte de ventilation laminaire - Construire une hotte avec un filtre HEPA |
Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation | Culture extérieure du Psilocybe azurescens | Psilocybe azurescens buitenkweek |
Grain for Simple Minds | Graan voor de gewone man | Método para torpes de preparación de grano | Granaglie Senza Fatica | Le Grain pour les nuls | Grudai? |
Importance of Gas Exchange | Het belang van gaswisseling | Oro kaitos svarbumas | L’Importance des Échanges de Gaz |
Polyfil filter lid for Simple Minds | Polyfil filterdeksels voor de gewone man | Polyfill for Simple Minds italiano | Método para torpes de elaboración de filtros de fibra de poliéster | Dangtelis su filtru | Couvercle avec filtre Polyfill pour les nuls |
Pouring Agar for Simple Minds | Agar uitgieten voor de gewone man | Versare l'Agar Senza Fatica (...e senza condensa) | Método para torpes de llenado de placas petri con agar | Couler l’Agar pour les nuls |
Cloning for Simple Minds | Klonen voor de gewone man | Método para torpes de clonación de setas | Le clonage pour les nuls | Clonagem para Mentes Simples | Klonavimas |
Pressure cooker test | Snelkookpan test | Test della pentola a pressione | Test para comprobar el correcto funcionamiento de ollas a presión | Teste para a Panela de Pressão | Test de cuiseur sous pression |
Pressure Cooker Use |
Homemade Tyvek filter discs test |
Mycelium Inoculation Technique | Technique d'Inoculation de Mycélium |
Casing PF-Cakes | Het Bedekken van PF-Cakes | PF-Tek pyrageliu aptaisymas | Casing pour gâteaux PF-Tek | Casing pentru prajituri PF