When buying shrooms, quite often they come in bulk. This isn’t a complaint – but it is important to know how to make them last.
THE BEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR SHROOMS LAST LONGER
Mushrooms are the new thing – not new, but the new popular thing. Ever since the legalization of weed in 2018 the interest in mushrooms has continued to grow. But mushrooms are still a ‘new’ substance too many of us, and it is important that you know the basics. Here’s the thing – when you buy mushrooms quite often they come in bulk. This isn’t a complaint – but it is important to know how to make them last.
PROPER STORAGE TO KEEP YOUR SHROOMS FRESH
In our post today we will take you through the best ways to store your mushrooms so that you keep them in prime shape for a long period of time. Our guide will take you through refrigeration storage to covering in chocolate – options for everyone!
STORING YOUR SHROOMS
If you are an experienced shroomer, you most likely already know that shrooms are most potent when they are fresh. But, keeping your shrooms fresh is a difficult task. No matter the type – the reality is that fresh mushrooms do not stay viable for long. Since this is the case – it is highly recommended that you dry your mushrooms as soon as they are picked. But we may be jumping ahead here – you may be asking, where do I get started? Let us help!
It is important that before you get started you have all of the necessary tools.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DRY YOUR SHROOMS
- A brush
- Disposable gloves
- A large sheet pan or wire rack
- A gentle kitchen towel
- A fan
- Clean mason jar with lid
- Packets of food grade silica
You will also want to make sure that you have a clean and sterilized place to work. You want to make sure not to contaminate those wonderful mushrooms you just picked.
HOW TO STORE FRESH SHROOMS
Fresh mushrooms are sensitive – all fresh mushrooms are at risk of mold, contamination and oxidation. So let us get started – we highly recommend that you wear the disposable gloves when you are picking your mushrooms. By doing this you are guaranteeing that you are not contaminating the fresh shrooms with any pathogens. If you don’t want to use gloves – washing and sterilizing your hands is another option. After you have your shrooms, then you will use your brush to remove any dirt or debris.
Place the somewhat clean mushrooms in a paper bag or light woven basket. If you think there is still too much dirt on the mushrooms you can run them under a gentle stream of cold water and then lay them out flat on a kitchen towel. Allow them to air dry for 20 to 30 minutes , and then gently pat them dry with a towel. Now that the dirt and debris is gone and the shrooms are generally dry you can move them to the fridge.
CAN I STORE SHROOMS IN THE FRIDGE?
If drying your shrooms is not an option – than you can always go for the fridge option. Placing them on an unbleached paper towel inside a paper bag in your fridge should do the trick. You want to make sure the paperbag is tightly shut around the shrooms to avoid decay. Fresh mushrooms can be stored like this in the fridge for 5 to 10 days. We recommend checking for any signs of decay, like mold, after 3 days. All mushrooms have a different shelf life based on the moisture level – so it is better to be safe. This style of storage is best suited for short term storage.
HOW TO STORE WET SHROOMS
It shouldn’t be a surprise when we say – wet shrooms have a shorter shelf life. Wet shrooms equals more moisture and therefore a higher chance of decaying. Before you put your wet mushrooms in the fridge you will need to pat them dry with a towel. Remember to be gentle! The over-handling of mushrooms can damage them and reduce their potency.
HOW TO DRY YOUR SHROOMS
As mentioned many times before – you will want your mushrooms to be as dry as possible. But let us explain exactly how to do that! The great thing about drying mushrooms is that it is easy and there is no fancy equipment needed. Here is the quick 1, 2, 3 for drying mushrooms.
- Place your mushrooms on a flat sheet or wire rack.
- Space out the mushrooms so that none are touching.
- Then place the mushrooms in front of a gentle fan and let sit.
The mushrooms should begin to dry within one day and within three days they should be almost cracker dry. It is important to remember that the length of time it will take to dry your shrooms will depend on the climate they are trying to dry under. The dryer the climate – the faster the shrooms dry.
HOW TO STORE DRIED SHROOMS
Now that you have your dried shrooms – you will want to make sure that they are properly stored. There are many different ways to store shrooms. You can choose to seal your shrooms, put in honey or even capsules – some processes are easier than others. But if you are not looking for anything fancy or different – the best way to store your dried shrooms is in jars with silica gel packs and put in a dark cupboard out of direct sun.
If you don’t have access to the silica gel packs that’s ok. You can also store shrooms in a tightly sealed mason jar. Don’t forget – silica gel packs are easily and quickly purchased online and will help with the longevity of your shrooms. You may be wondering how long your dried shrooms will last like this – it is estimated that they can last up to one year. This way is highly recommended!
HOW TO STORE SHROOM TEA
Perhaps you have chosen Shroom Tea as your method of consumption. Excellent choice! But you may be wondering what is the best way to store it. Mushroom tea is considered one of the easiest ways to consume mushrooms. Once you have made the tea you can store the brewed shroom tea in a sealed pitcher in the fridge. It can keep for up to one week. For the tea packages you haven’t brewed yet – storing in an airtight container in a dark cupboard is ideal.
HOW TO STORE SHROOM CHOCOLATES
Shrooms have always been known for their not so great taste – so one of the most popular ways to consume mushrooms is in the chocolate form. Shroom chocolates are exactly what they sound like – dried mushrooms covered in chocolate. It is important to remember that this form of mushrooms doesn’t not have a long shelf life due to the manipulation of the shrooms and preparation. So how do you best store them? An airtight container in the fridge is your best option. Any tightly sealed tupperware will do the trick! Keeping the mushrooms chocolate cool will help them keep their potency and slow the rate of oxidation. These can last for up to one month!
HOW TO STORE SHROOM CAPSULES
When it comes to mushrooms – like cannabis there seem to be endless options for how to consume your shrooms. One of the growing in popularity methods is using capsules. For some this helps avoid that not so pleasant taste many of us are familiar with and for others it offers an easy option for microdosing. The storage of these capsules is quite simple – store these the same way you would store any nutritional supplement. Then place the container in a cool and dark space. If stored properly – capsules can have a shelf life of up to one year.
HOW TO STORE MAGIC MUSHROOMS – CONCLUSION
As the cannabis community grows – so does the mushroom community. It is important that as a community member that you stay up to date on the important information so that you are getting the most out of your products. Following our guideline for mushroom storage will not only help you to keep your mushrooms around longer but also to enjoy them at their greatest potency. Happy shrooming!