The Holiday Gift Box Tek

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1/4 pint 4 ounce jars  13 01/23 02:14pm Bob Smith

By ion ewe (Ion) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 09:22 am:

It just occured to me (after that post to "invitro speed record") that this micro tek may be pretty popular right now. So I'm going to write it up and post it under this heading. Stay tuned...
Meanwhile, send in your favorite holiday magic recipies for everyone's perusal!

By ggg (Ggg) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 11:15 am:

Nothing beats the gift of class 1 narcotics during the holiday season.

By quote: (Quote) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 11:25 am:

sounds good.
let's hear some details.

By ion ewe (Ion) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 12:18 pm:

The Holiday Gift Box Tek

This is a micro tek. This means tiny cultures and tiny working spaces. The idea behind a micro tek is to out-speed any other contaminants that may try to grow in your substrate.
And it's cute�


1. Tiny jars with decent lids. (You can find these in those gift boxes sold all over the place during holidays�hence the name. They may also be found at thorough craft stores and the like.) You can also use shot glasses or other similar (1oz or less) glass containers. You'll need to cover them with foil.

2. Honey water mycelial syringe; fairly rich in honey and full of mycelia (see Honey Tek)

3. Brown Rice (grains, not flour)
4. Pressure Cooker
5. Distilled or Natural Spring water
6. Latex or Polyethylene (for those allergic to latex) Gloves
7. Good quality masking tape, paper tape (doctor's), or gauze tape


Remove all jelly (it's usually pretty bland, anyway) and clean jars thoroughly with good antibacterial soap. Poke a hole in the center of each lid and cover with a spot of masking tape. (If using foil, just poke a hole in the center over the mouth and put tape over that.)

Now comes the artistry. You must cook the rice half way. The times vary for different rice brands and altitudes. Just experiment. You basically want it so that it just starts to soften. If you eat it, you say, �Man, this is really undercooked! It's chewy and hard!�
One idea is to get a recipe from your rice bag and just cook it until about half the water you put in the pan is gone.

Now just drop the *wet* rice in the jars. Leave the rice loosely packed and leave about a half centimeter of head room in the container. A millimeter of water at the jar bottom (with rice) is a good idea. The rice will expand a tad as it cooks in the PC. Put the lids on tight, and loosen the tape a little (You want it barely on-- just press on both ends, but not the middle). The hole will act as a vent.

You want the jars to steam sterilize in the purest sense. You must devise a way to keep them out of the water. You can use water-filled, unlidded, half pint jars as spacers for a rack above. Put in your first rack; place the half pints evenly; fill PC with 1.5 inches of water; fill the jars with water (or substrate for the �efficiency� types among us ) to weight them; place a second rack on these; and finally, put your mini jars on this top rack. Allow a good head of steam to get up before dropping the weight. Zap for about 30 minutes at 15 psi. When cooled, loosen the PC lid, put on your gloves, dip a finger tip in bleach, and shake semi-dry. Slow and steady, open cooker with other hand and press down any loose tapes on the lids. Let jars cool to room temp, if not already.

At this point, it's good to have a flow hood or glove box, but... eh.
Inoculate the jars with a quick lift of the tape. Make sure there's a wad of mycelia in the needle before each injection. Do the old �doctor's squirt� downward to get some in the shaft. You only want a tiny amount of water in these jars (like a quarter cc or less), as they can obviously get waterlogged easily. Secure the tape.

Place jars in a well lit area; warm to about 85-90 deg. F. They should be fully colonized (depending on the will of the gods) in about 2-3 days. If the jars you're using have shoulders, you should let them colonize about a week so they shrink sufficiently. You can let them sit for a week or so anyway, so they really start developing magic.

Pop them out (or cut them out if they're stubborn) and enjoy! Depending on the race and your tolerance, one morsel gives a mellow �mind high� with enhanced sight. Two can be pretty colorful. Three is just about right.

Dip them in warm (approx. 100 deg. F-- use a double boiler!) chocolate and place on wax paper in the fridge! You can do this with fresh or slightly dried morsels.

Sprinkle or roll with cinnamon powdered sugar!

For those with no sweet-tooth, dip them in nacho cheese or sprinkle with tabasco!

Be creative! These are a novelty delicacy, and you worked very hard for them! Treat them with love� and share!


By ion ewe (Ion) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 12:23 pm:

Any questions or corrections are welcome. It was pretty late when I wrote this...


By gnas (Psystep) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 12:47 pm:

What a great TEK !! Only if there were people who loved me enough to send me a box full of these little wonders. Ahh.. fuck it, I'll just make me a hundred of them all for myself.

By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 02:29 pm:

So Ion, you are impressed with the potency of the mycellium? That is interesting, I have wanted to try eating just mycellium but have yet to do so. I have always had the fruit available when I wanted to trip. I think I might try it now that I have read your tek. Brilliant!

Say, have you considered letting one of these small cakes fruit? That would probably set the new time to harvest record. Regardless of the small cakes and, most likely, small fruits.

By plinkerdink420 (Plinkerdink420) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 05:10 pm:

i was thinking about taking a small gold-fish bowl and using it as somewhat of a terrarium... you know, flip it upside down and use some sort of lid there with a cake on it for christmas presents... the gift that keeps on giving

By ion ewe (Ion) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 11:19 pm:

Thanks, gnas!

The potency of the mycelium is comparable to fruits, Jim. PF works well; I suspect most cubies are the same in this respect. However, some species don't seem to produce a great deal of magic in the mycelium before fruiting. Experiment if you wish...
These little guys will sometimes pin in the jar, but fruiting is a matter of having enough food and moisture. Even for one sporocarp, this amount of nutrients is usually insufficient. They end up aborting if there's more than one pin, but you could feasibly get one fully developed small shroom, I suppose. You're welcome to try this tek with larger jars, though! As a matter of fact, I recommended this in another post somewhere for producing pseudo-sclerotia with cubie myc. They must be kept in rather extreme conditions for this, though. If you're interested, I can give you some further details.

That's a great idea, plink! I would say you can use perlite in the bottom, set the cake on it, and cover the top hole with foil. Just sterilize the stuff as best you can. Cool!


Let's see some recipes, people!

By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 01:47 am:

Could ya pour melted chocolate strait into the jars over the mycelia, then cap and freeze?!?!
Ill have a Tampanensis, pleeeze!

By ion ewe (Ion) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 02:29 am:

Well, not unless the cake was dried out. Freezing will do the same thing to fresh mycelia as it does to fresh shooms. Ickyfy'n!
Besides, they wouldn't coat as nicely and it would be hard to get them out. Also, you couldn't decorate with a secret code (like chocolatiers do) to denote the strains...


By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 02:55 am:

Chocolate Mushroom-rice doesn't sound too appetizing anyway.

Maybee a little soy sauce.

By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 03:46 am:

Sounds good to me!! Ya, forgot bout freezin it- what a slimy mess!! I remember years ago when the girlfriend tossed the lot in the freezer!
But then again...I dont mind a little peat or poop on mine--

By ion ewe (Ion) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 03:49 am:

Soy is gooood...

You may be surprised, though. These aren't mushrooms. They're less fibrous, and the taste is milder. Chocolate really kills the bitter, and the rice adds a bit of chew. Ever had chocolate rice pudding? Or coco crispies? Also, you must remember that the honey water was rich. They're going to have a hint of honey flavor...

Yeah! Throw 'em in a bowl of milk all chopped up! Throw on a bit of sugar and add some bannana slices! Part of this complete reality!


By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 03:55 am:

Myc. cakes smell like mushrooms.

Gotta taste like 'em a little bit.

Chocalate-rice-mushroom pudding still doesn't sound too good to me.

Thats just me.

Maybee sweet and sour sauce.

Yes, I like Chinese food.

By Chuck Dicey (Dirtywop) on Saturday, December 29, 2001 - 06:26 pm:

I have a question regarding jars...

In starting my second grow attempt I went and purchased some 4 oz Ball wide mouths - half the size of the 1/2 pint pf suggestion. I can think of no disadvantage to using these with just half the substrate. Has anyone done this? is it ok?
These jars are perfectly proportional to 8 oz jars and since I plan to direct these cakes toward casings for my second grow...I think it might actually be quite beneficial to do as long as someone hasn't tried this and run into probs. Wouldn't they colonize half as fast?

any help is appreciated - The Nook is the best

By plinkerdink420 (Plinkerdink420) on Saturday, December 29, 2001 - 07:36 pm:

i know that they will be fine as long as they have a wide mouth at least if not tapered as well for birthing... i thought that there was a tek involving these jars but could not find it... they will just colonize a hell of alot faster

By Bob Smith (Maliki) on Sunday, December 30, 2001 - 09:23 pm:

I have a foaf doing that exact thing right now inoculted on the 24th did standard 1cc injection for each jar regardles of size, figured it would speed colonization. And sure enough it worked all jars minus 3 are 50% colonized the other 3 are 90% colonized they got 2cc spread over the side at injection. Now the thinking on this was that if you go looking around the board youll find refrences to cakes being split in half and cased and each produecing as much as the whole cake would have. Now my foaf decided to use an inner resivoir tek for them instead of casing so we will see what transpires for her......

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