Alternate drying methods

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By Ben111000 (Ben111000) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 07:14 pm: The Nook

just threw away a perfectly good shroom because i let it sit on a fan all day, then, thinking it was totally dry, put it in a bag, let it sit. next day it was a shrivelled up brown disaster. (all other fruits i've ever produced are currently in the freezer after going through the same drying process) i've heard of people using an oven to dry... what temp and how long? i dont have a food dehydrater or dessicant and cant get either because of time constraints
any suggestions?

By Nanook of the North (Nanook) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 09:35 pm: The Nook

Never heat dry shrooms, heat steals the magic. I dry 48-72 hours under a fan, then I put them in desiccant for further drying and storage.

Sorry about your shroom, but the standard dryness is "cracker dry", and you have to desiccate in order to get it. If you figure out a better way, post it, but in the meantime, stick with the tried and true to get reliable results. What else can I say?


By Vitticeps (Admin) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 10:02 pm: The Nook

Think you said it all nan. I used a similar procedure: split stems in half longways, fan dry with a high velocity fan for 24 hours then transfer to desiccant for another 24 hours. Gave me nice, crumble in your fingers, dryness in 48 hours. Then went go to a pint jar with a small desiccant pack for storage untill Cap-m-Quick time came. :)

By monkeyod (Monkeyod) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 10:59 pm: The Nook

I've been lucky I guess. I just chop them up a bit then stick them under a fan (blowing across the shrooms) for a day or two. Then I stick them in my coffee grinder then into a ziplock in the freezer. Works ok for me...but I think I'll go test a couple of grams right now to make sure. :)

By I feel so weird (Phishgrower) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 06:23 pm: The Nook

After fan drying my mushrooms for one day many of them were already cracker dry. At least the caps were. So I put them into my desiccant chamber, but I put them inside a ziplock baggie first, but I kept the baggie open. When I checked on them today they were no longer as dry and I can feel moisture in them. Is the ziplock bag the cause of this moisture? How is this possible? I feel as if I'm going to loose potency now. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated. peace.

By Nan (Nanook) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 06:28 pm: The Nook

Moisture is trapped in the shroom tissue with just a day or two of fan drying. When you dry the outside, water migrates from within to the outer surface...

Remove them from the plastic bag. The plastic is trapping the moisture. Leave them over desiccant for a 2-3 days and the rest of the water will be removed.

By UnkyHerb (Notapplicable) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 11:57 pm: The Nook

I just threw out 14 grams of what looked to be rotten shrooms. I ran out of desiccant, and fan dried them.. then put them in a freezer inside a freezer bag.. I took them out later and they were BLUE, like REALLY BLUE because of the water that was left crystalizing and bruising them. Anyways, I stuck them in my desiccant chamber when I refilled it, and they had a musty odour when they were completely dry..

Err.. what I meant to say, it's not worth risking it :) If it doesn't look healthy, it goes in the garbage.

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