How to Dry Shrooms Using a Home-made Desiccant

Drying magic mushrooms is the best way to preserve it. Here is a guide on how to dry shrooms and make it last. 

Fresh magic mushrooms or shrooms do not last long. It is why preserving them is necessary to increase shelf life. There are many ways to preserve shrooms, as indicated in the Shrooms Index. But the best option is by drying.

Drying helps remove the moisture in the mushroom. Take note that shrooms are generally composed of 90 percent water. The moisture on magic mushrooms causes it decomposes quickly. The drying preserves the structural quality of the shrooms, as well as its potency and aesthetics.

If you recently bought a bag of fresh magic mushrooms or have cultivated some in your area, here is a guide on how to dry shrooms.

Step #1: Clean the Shrooms

The first step is to dry the mushrooms you bought or harvested. Get rid of the dirt and debris on the shrooms. Also, clean the bottoms of the stem and cut the substrate areas.

Step #2: Pre-Dry Fresh Shrooms

Pre-drying fresh mushrooms help in removing excess moisture and prevent mold growth. Pre-dry the shroom by placing them on the plate and have a fan blow over them. Do this until the shrooms slightly shriveled and dry to touch.

Step #3: Make Home-made Desiccant

There are two methods of drying magic mushrooms. You can choose a desiccant or a dehydrator for the drying process. Both procedures work effectively, it is up to you which among these options are more convenient.

In desiccant drying, you’ll have to prepare a desiccant. The most commonly used desiccant is silica gel found in industrial packaging. A safer way to dry mushrooms is to make prepare DIY desiccant. This alternative is more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.

For DIY desiccant, all you have to do is gather these materials:

  • Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)
  • Baking Tray
  • Hammer
  • An oven
  • Airtight container

Fill the baking tray with store-bought Epsom salt for about 1cm deep. Then, preheat the oven to 204 – 250 degrees Celsius. Place the baking tray with Epsom salt in the oven and leave it for about 2 hours. Remember that magnesium sulfate begins absorbing moisture from the air once you take it out of the oven. Thus, be quick, or else the salt will cool down. The salt will turn hard, use the hammer to break it into pieces. Next, place the broken pieces of salt in an airtight container while still hot.

Step #4: Desiccant-dry the Mushrooms

Pour your homemade desiccant in an airtight plastic container as a bottom layer. Cover it with a layer of paper towels. Then, use a metal mesh and place it in the container. The mesh will serve as the platform for the mushrooms. Make sure the shrooms won’t come into physical contact with the desiccant for the substance will damage the mushroom.

Lock the container’s lid once the shrooms are placed on top of the metal mesh. The desiccant will immediately absorb the moisture of the shrooms. Check back the shrooms daily to see their dryness. The mushrooms are ready when they reached the ‘cracker-dry’ level. Lastly, place them on a vacuum-sealed bag or container. Zip locks also work, but it is not as air-tight as the former.

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