If you have ever bought ready-to-consume psychedelic mushrooms or magic mushrooms, you got a bag of dried-out mushrooms stems and caps that could snap into pieces with the gentlest twist. If you have never seen it before, you may get confused as, why magic mushrooms concoction of golden caps and white stems appear to be parched and a bit crispy.
They appear like this because magic mushrooms are dried out as soon as they are harvested to preserve the aesthetics and potency of your freshly grown shrooms, the drying process is the final stretch before you can experience the ineffable power of psilocybin.
How To Dry Magic Mushrooms?
Now we know why drying magic mushrooms is so important, let’s explore how to dry magic mushrooms? There are varieties of ways to dry out magic mushrooms, and varieties of equipment (dehydrators) to do this.
It doesn’t matter what equipment or method you have used, the first step of the drying process is common in every method, to clean the bottoms of the stems by cutting off the area upon which there is still some substrate. The substrate is the layer of material used as the base for the mycelium to grow. Although it played a critical role in the growing process, it’s no longer beneficial to the end-goal: getting your shrooms dried out and ready for consumption.
The next step of magic mushrooms completely depends on which type of dehydrator you will use. you can also dry magic mushrooms without using a dehydrator, but dehydrators are a very efficient and easy way to dry magic mushrooms. Here we will discuss the step-by-step method for both the vertical dehydrator and horizontal dehydrator.
How You Can Dry Magic Mushrooms Using Dehydrators?
- Place the largest mushrooms on the top ring tray and the smallest on the bottom ring tray
- If your dehydrator does not have any timer, set the temperature to 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Set an alarm or timer for two hours
- Once the timer goes off, check the trays and remove dried mushrooms, if they are cracker dry, means you should be able to easily snap the stem.
- If you have a vertical dehydrator, place the largest mushrooms closest to the fan and the smallest nearest to the door.
- Set temperature at 158 degrees Fahrenheit and timer for two hours
- If mushrooms are not cracker dry, increase the time limit.
Horizontal and Vertical dehydrators, both need some tricks when it comes to dry, but if you are thinking to purchase anyone, we recommend you to buy a horizontal dehydrator, it is more effective and the faster method to dry magic mushrooms.
Alternative Methods to Dry Shrooms
The Sushi Mat System is an alternative way to dry your mushrooms instead of using a dehydrator. This is done with a Sushi mat, paper towels, and some sunlight. Here’s how you use the Sushi Mat System to dry your shrooms:
- Place the mat on a paper towel in an open area where direct sunlight comes and has proper ventilation. Ensure that this location is far away from pets or high traffic.
- Place the cleaned magic mushrooms on the Sushi mat
- Depending on the weight of the mushrooms, it can take up to 24 hours before they fully dried out.
- Before storing the magic mushrooms, make sure they are cracker dry.
Besides these methods, you could also dry your magic mushrooms in different ways. Simply put the magic mushrooms on a window screen and use a tiny fan with an electric heater underneath. In this method, you will have to keep a close eye on the mushrooms to make sure they are fully dried. Your magic mushrooms may have some cosmetic damage means appear small grid lines on their surface.
How Long Does It Take to Dry Magic Mushrooms?
How long does it take to dry magic mushrooms, depends on several factors, including the dehydration method which is used and the size of your batch? Don’t follow any strict time limit for the drying process, it is better to use several identifiers to figure out whether your shrooms are properly dried or not. According to magic mushrooms growers, you should wait for your magic mushrooms to be “cracker dry,” able to snap the stem with ease. There should be absolutely no moisture left behind in a perfectly dried mushroom.
The ideal dried magic mushroom is a collection of extremely dried caps and stems. The color of the caps should be golden, while the stems should stand out with a white surface. After successfully dried magic mushrooms, you’ll want to make sure you know how to store magic mushrooms properly. So, Let’s take a look at how to store magic mushrooms?
How To Store Magic Mushrooms?
If you are a seasoned magic mushrooms grower, you already know that shrooms are most potent when they are fresh, but they are difficult to store for a long time. Due to this, it’s is recommended to dry mushrooms as soon as possible after picking or acquiring them.
But problem is that, where you should start from? That’s why we discuss a brief list of what you will need:
- Clean Mason Jar with lid
- A large sheet pan or wire rack
- Disposable gloves
- A fan
- A brush
- A flour sack towel or gentle kitchen towel
- Food-grade silica Packets
You will also require a clean and sterilized place to work. After all, you don’t want to contaminate your recently collected magic mushrooms before you enjoy them.
How To Store Fresh Magic Mushrooms?
Fresh Magic Mushrooms are more sensitive, and more prone to mold, contamination, and oxidization over time. The proper storage of the magic mushrooms starts just after picking, it’s best to cover your hands with disposable gloves before picking, which diminished the risk of contamination from potential pathogens. If you don’t want to wear gloves, just wash or sterilize your hands before picking fresh mushrooms. If there is any type of dirt and debris, use a brush to remove them. Now, store the mushrooms in a paper bag or light woven basket after collection and before processing. If the mushrooms have a thick layer of dirt, run them under a gentle stream of cold water and lay them out on a flat kitchen towel before storage. Allow them to air dry for 20-30 minutes, then gently pat them dry with a towel. Once the residual water has been whisked away, it’s time to move them to the fridge.
How To Store Dried Magic Mushrooms?
There are many methods to store dried magic mushrooms. They can be stored from vacuum sealing to honey to capsules, some processes are more expensive and complicated than others. But you don’t need to do these complicated things, the best way to store dried mushrooms is in “Jars with silica gel packs and in a dark cupboard away from direct sunlight.”
If you are thinking, how to store shrooms in jars, a tightly sealed mason jar often does the better job. You can buy Food-grade silica packets from an online store. These mushrooms can be stored for up to a year.
So, these are some methods and tricks, that will help you to dry and store magic mushrooms properly.