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Drying with silica
    #1723856 - 07/17/03 03:44 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

My friend recently bought some silica gell/sand at the local craft store. Its used to dry flowers, and not edibles as it says you have to actually cover and submerge the flowers in the stuff.

So this in mind, my friend poured some of the silica in the bottom of a tupper-ware container, and suspended some mushrooms above the silica with a metal screen. The mushrooms arent sitting in the silica, just above it. Is this still safe, and has anyone tried using silica before like this?

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Re: Drying with silica [Re: m0rb]
    #1723862 - 07/17/03 03:47 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

THis is the way to do it, yes.
You should pre- dry the mushrooms using a fan before that for 24 hours, they will dry faster this way. And the silica gel will keep longer.


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Re: Drying with silica [Re: Anno]
    #1723875 - 07/17/03 04:05 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

Hi Anno, what a pleasant surpise to have my question replied to by a master!

I forgot to mention that my friend pre-dried the mushrooms on top of a fan for 24-36 hours in a medium-low humidity room before placing them in the container with the silica. :smile:

So the silica should be OK as long as the mushooms arent sitting in the stuff?


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Re: Drying with silica [Re: m0rb]
    #1723876 - 07/17/03 04:08 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

Would it be a bad thing to leave your dried mushrooms in the drying chamber for several days at a time, even a few days after they've fully dried?


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Re: Drying with silica [Re: m0rb]
    #1723931 - 07/17/03 05:01 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

>So the silica should be OK as long as the mushooms arent sitting in the stuff?

Yes.

>Would it be a bad thing to leave your dried mushrooms in the drying
>chamber for several days at a time, even a few days after they've
>fully dried?

No.



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Re: Drying with silica [Re: Anno]
    #1723938 - 07/17/03 05:09 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

Is a dessicent necessary for short term storage? After a day in front of the fan, they seem dry enough for governemnt work.


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Re: Drying with silica [Re: Discordja]
    #1723944 - 07/17/03 05:11 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

No, it is not absolutely needed.


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Re: Drying with silica [Re: Anno]
    #1723945 - 07/17/03 05:11 AM (17 years, 9 months ago)

Damn! you're fast. Thanks.


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