How to Dry Magic Mushrooms

Like most plants, magic mushrooms do not stay fresh for a long period. Therefore, if you are planning to keep them for a long time, you will need to dry them to preserve their potency. If you don’t dry your mushrooms, you might find that the stems and caps of the mushroom gets dry and brittle. By drying them as soon as they are harvested, you get to preserve their potency and enjoy your mushroom for long periods.

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The idea behind drying magic mushrooms is to remove any forms of moisture from them. Moisture retained in the mushroom can cause the mushroom to decompose. If a mushroom has a 90% moisture content, the mushroom spoils rapidly. It can also lead to microbial destruction of the whole batch if you refuse to dry the mushrooms quickly. To know if a mushroom is well dried, check the stem and cap. Its caps will be golden while the stem will have a bright white coloration.

It is clear that drying immediately after harvesting helps to preserve the aesthetics and potency of the magic mushrooms. However, to do a good job at drying mushrooms, you will need a desiccant.

Steps Involving in Drying Magic Mushrooms

The first step is to clean the end of the stems by cutting off the bottom where the mycelium grows into the substrate. Thereafter, you need to pre-dry the mushrooms. This helps to remove molds and extracts a lot of moisture from the mushroom.

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The best way to go about the pre-drying process is to place the mushrooms on a plate and let a fan blow next to them. Keep this on, until the mushrooms look shriveled and a bit dry to touch. At this point, you can keep the mushrooms for some weeks. However, if you are looking to keep the mushrooms for longer periods, you will have to go a bit further with the drying process.

Using the Desiccant

As much as you can purchase a desiccant, it is advisable to make yours. This is because most of the desiccants manufactured and sold are toxic due to the presence of cobalt chloride used as a coating for the desiccant. You can make a homemade desiccant from a baked Epsom salt. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate and it is quite easy to get Epsom salts from your pharmacy.

There is simple chemistry behind baking Epsom salts to form a desiccant. Epsom salts have 7 water molecules. So when you apply heat during baking, the water molecules evaporate forming an Anhydrous Magnesium Sulfate. This compound wants to gain its water molecules back, so it absorbs water from any item placed in its sealed container until it is fully saturated.

Desiccant Dry

There is a stage in mushroom drying known as cracker dry. This is the highest level of dryness and this is the stage where the mushroom can be kept for a very long time without having to worry about the potency or freshness. To make the homemade desiccant, you will need the following items;

  • An airtight container
  • An oven
  • A baking tray
  • Metal mesh
  • A hammer
  • Paper Towels
  • Epsom Salt
  • Pre-Dried Magic Mushrooms

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Process Involved

  • Put about 1 cm of Epsom salt on the tray
  • Turn on the oven and set it at 250 degrees Celsius
  • Place the tray with Epsom salt in the oven to remove all traces of moisture
  • The Epsom salt will form a cake, break this cake up with a hammer
  • Before the salt cools off and starts absorbing moisture, put the salt in an airtight container
  • Cover the salt with a paper towel
  • Place the wire mesh suspended above the paper towels. This is to prevent the mushrooms from coming in contact with the desiccant.
  • Place the airtight container’s lid on the container. This will ensure that the desiccant is only absorbing moisture from the mushrooms and nothing else.

 Other Methods for Drying Magic Mushrooms

Sunlight

Use a sushi mat on a paper towel, before putting the pre-dried mushroom on the mat and place them directly under the sunlight with good ventilation. Ensure that the mushroom is cracker dry as any form of moisture will destroy the batch.

A Dehydrator

You can also employ the use of horizontal and vertical dehydrators to dry your magic mushrooms. Many people claim that the horizontal dehydrator works better than the vertical one.

Conclusion

Mushrooms cannot stay long without spoiling, especially if there is a substantial amount of moisture in them. Thus, to prevent your mushrooms from going bad, you need to dry your magic mushrooms using the methods discussed in this article. You can get your quality magic mushroom from Shroomswholesale. Our collection of high-quality mushrooms is available at affordable prices. What’s more, you get a 25% discount on your total purchases if you use the promo code 25BLOWOUT. There is also a promotion ongoing for first time buyers who buy bulk magic mushrooms where they get 15% discount on their purchases.

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