Dreirite in the fridge? Good idea, if it works.

Nan's Nook : Archives : Drying/Storage : Desiccant FAQ : Drierite (CaSO4) : Dreirite in the fridge? Good idea, if it works.
  Subtopic Posts Updated Creator
How hot is too hot???  -    

By XUnkyHerbX (Notapplicable) on Saturday, November 10, 2001 - 05:33 pm:

Last night I couldn't find a spot to put my desiccant chamber (small, rectangular tupperware).. And then I had a though. Why about putting it in the fridge? That should slow down whatever the shroom is trying to do, rot, oxygenate, whatever.. My quetion is, how would damp-rid work in cold tempatures? From what I know it melts ice (or its cousin does) but I cant seem to figure out what exactly would happen in cold tempatures..

I know my fridge is full of mold etc. but I trust the tupperware i'm usuing to be air tight. I closed half the lid, pushed down in the middle, then closed the other half to create a suction, and see if the lid would pop back out over time. It didn't, so it's pretty damned airtight.

This could preserve the potency loss quite a bit, if it'll work.

By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Sunday, November 11, 2001 - 02:53 am:

From what I read on PF site, fridge drying with damp-rid works if you are worried about rot. However, I don't think it will save any potency because I don't think a drying shroom loses potency unless heat is applied. I think shrooms are fine drying at the same temperature they grew at.

By Fanaticus (Fanaticus) on Sunday, November 11, 2001 - 06:03 pm:

I used to dry my shrooms exclusively in the fridge in desiccant containers. The drying was just as fast as normal and you can know that the shrooms are the finest of quality.

Even if your fridge is contaminated, it matters not. The shrooms are safe in their desiccant box and will dry clean and rock hard.

I think it is probably better than freeze drying (a very expensive set up).


By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Sunday, November 11, 2001 - 07:34 pm:

Do shrooms lose potency at room temerature drying? Is desiccant drying in the fridge that beneficial?

By Fanaticus (Fanaticus) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 05:47 pm:

The difference in the fridge dried and room temp drying might be moot.

But the fridge will prevent the shrooms from beginning to rot from within until they get to drying.

I think that is what happens with nasty shrooms - they begin to rot from within. I have heard of people reporting black colors in the inside of the stem. That is the beginning of rot. The shrooms should be all whitish in the inside and no other colors allowed.

The fridge ought to prevent rotting like that.

But all in all, I think air drying to desiccant is great, but if you want to really max out the quality - fridge drying can't be beat.