After harvesting, magic mushrooms can’t stay its freshness for too long. When keeping them for a long time, it’s essential to dry them first. However, these are very expensive, difficult to get, and often poisonous. Luckily, there are natural alternatives for how to store magic mushrooms.
What Is Desiccant?
Desiccant is an element that consumes water from the air. One of the most generally found desiccant is Silica gel. It’s often encountered in business packaging as well as in foods they need drying for a very long. The most profitable and eco-friendly technique of drying mushrooms is your DIY desiccant. It is much easier than its name; basically, you’re baking the Epsom Salt from the local drugstore.
The chemical science behind is this: Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate with formula MgSO4·7H2O. Keep in mind that H2O is water, so see the 7H2O in Magnesium Sulfate formula? There are seven water particles included, which compose the Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate.
Hence, if you cook the Heptahydrate, the seven water particles will disperse, which leaves you with the MgSO4, Anhydrous Magnesium Sulfate. As MgSO4 needs to achieve these seven water particles back, it will consume water in the air until it is drenched. If you put the magic mushrooms with MgSO4, it will remove all the magic mushrooms liquid.
Pre-Drying of Magic Mushrooms
At the start, it’s a good thing to “pre-dry” the freshly picked mushrooms. This will have plenty of excess dampness in them and avoid them going mildewed. To achieve this, put the magic mushrooms on the plate and have a ventilator or fan blowing over the shrooms until they become a little withered and dried when touched.
In such a state, your shrooms will be useful to keep for a couple of weeks. If you want to keep your magic mushrooms a bit longer, you have to go the extra mile.
Desiccant-Drying the Magic Mushrooms
Once the excess humidity is removed from the magic mushrooms, you have to put them to the period called “cracker-dry” to stash them to become long-lasting. The most useful means consumers have discovered is by changing drugstore Epsom Salt into a make-it-yourself desiccant.
- Local store Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)
- Baking tray
- Sealed container
- DIY Desiccant Using Epsom Salt
- Fill the baking tray with 1cm of Epsom Salt.
- Heat the oven within 204 to 250 °C. The nearer you get to 250 °C, the better.
- Place the Epsom Salt in your oven, and cook them for 2 hours. This gets rid of all the moisture in them.
- The Anhydrous Magnesium Sulfate can start gripping dampness from the atmosphere once you remove them out of the oven, so you need to be fast, don’t wait for it to cool off. The Epsom Salt will become one thick cake, you get your hammer and start breaking them up to pieces. Store them in a sealed container immediately while it is still hot. Don’t worry about the Epsom Salt re-moistening entirely in this period; however, the earlier you perform it, the better. Your do-it-yourself desiccant is ready.
The Last Step
Since you already have your DIY desiccant, it’s now time to do the final step and methodical drying of the magic mushrooms or how to store magic mushrooms.
So, you need materials such as:
- DIY Epsom desiccant
- Pre-desiccated magic mushrooms
- Paper towels
- Plastic container with sealed lid big enough to stash your shrooms and desiccant.
- Metal mesh
- Put the desiccant in the plastic container as a lower layer.
- Clothe your desiccant with a paper towels layer.
- Curve the metal mesh close to the sides and put in the container, so the mesh makes a surface to keep the magic mushroom over the paper towels. This is essential as you don’t want to have any problem with the magic mushrooms into direct contact with your desiccant.
- Put your shrooms at the top of your metal mesh.
- Put the sealed lid on the plastic container.
- The desiccant starts absorbing all the humidity of the magic mushrooms. The plant container must be sealed, so the only dampness around is from magic mushrooms and air secured.
Check again after several days to identify how drying shrooms have become. They are ready when they’re “cracker dry,” and when they break when you bend them.
If you have a vacuum machine at home, the most effective way to avoid new humidity from entering the now dried shrooms is to vacuum it. If not, zip locks are also useful, but they’re not as sealed as the vacuumed bag.
Your shrooms are now ready for longer-lasting, keeping in a cold, dark, and dry area.
How to Store Dried Magic Mushrooms
If a long-lasting storage option is required, magic mushrooms can be dried and safely keep in a cold, dark, and dry area for around 2 to 3 years or even longer. The only issue is the insect infestation, and the possible reduction of potency because of too much exposure to heat, moisture, and light. This works since without the humidity content, and magic mushrooms stop disintegrating.
The technique with drying magic mushrooms for long term storage is don’t use any heat. It’s an easy mistake and always used to hasten the process. The main ingredients of shrooms can be susceptible to extended heat, extinguishing them and weakening their potency.
The drying process of your first harvest includes pre-drying to eliminate any excess humidity, through a systematic drying out using your DIY desiccant. This gets rid of all the moisture left and makes your shrooms ready to be kept for an extended period of storage.
Stashing your dried shrooms is very easy, but ensuring that they are scorched before stocking is the most challenging part of the process. If your well-dried magic mushrooms are ready, congratulations, and we are hoping our blog on how to store magic mushrooms helps. Hence, make your desiccant, start drying out your magic mushroom and keep them. Have fun!