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Drying these bad-boys
    #2722492 - 05/24/04 01:36 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Hey, I was wondering what the quickest way to dry out my mushrooms would be. I don't have a dehydrator at my disposal so that is out of the question, but what would the next quickest way be?

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Re: Drying these bad-boys [Re: zyme333]
    #2722618 - 05/24/04 02:01 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

put them in front of a fan
they won't get 100% dry though I think

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Re: Drying these bad-boys [Re: zyme333]
    #2722988 - 05/24/04 03:28 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

take some thread & tape securely across the open end of a cardboard box...
take the fresh shrooms &, holding the cap, saw halfway through the stem & then pull towards you a little...
this should leave the shrooms hanging sorta "upside down" from a thread...
put the open face of the box in front of a fan & let the fan blow on them for a day or two... (you could cut an opening into the backside of the box for better airflow)...
when they are pretty dry, you could put them in a VERY low heat oven, or into a sealed vessel with a quantity of dessicant (fresh silica gel packs, or oven-dried epsom salts, or calcium chloride, or even table salt, or commercial dessicants ("B-dri", etc.)...) until they snap like a fresh cracker...
then store them someplace nice & dry & dark & safe until "it's time!!!"

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Re: Drying these bad-boys [Re: gnrm23]
    #2748712 - 05/31/04 02:59 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

1/4 inch wire mesh
old wash cloth or rag
carton of Damp-Rid or Damp-be-Gone (Anhydrous calcium chloride)
Medium or Large size Tupperware bowl with sealing lid
Several pounds of calcium chloride can be purchased for a couple of dollars at any large building supply outlet. It will usually be found in the paint department because it is used to dry the air in musty closets before painting and things like that. If possible, get the bulk refill containers. It will be cheaper than the calcium chloride that comes with the units to hold it and the moisture pulled from the air. You won't be using the unit, so don't buy it unless you have to.

The drying chamber needs to have a space at the bottom for water to collect. This allows the calcium chloride to function well for extended periods of time. As it pulls moisture from the air, it drips to the bottom of the chamber. The calcium chloride is held above the water by a circular section of the 1/4 inch wire mesh with a wash cloth spread out on it. The wash cloth keeps the calcium chloride from falling through the wire mesh but any water that forms can drip through it to the bottom of the chamber.
The calcium chloride should be spread out evenly. If you use too large of a Tupperware bowl, you may have to add some structural strength to the screen in order for it to support the calcium chloride. You can simply lay a stick or ruler underneath the mesh and use tie wraps to secure the mesh to it.
Cut another circular section of mesh so that it fits above the calcium chloride and leaves a nice air gap. The mushrooms will be placed on this mesh in order to dry them. Make sure the calcium chloride is not touching the bottom of this screen. There should be an air gap between the top of the desiccant and the bottom of the screen. You do not want your mushrooms to touch the calcium chloride while they are drying because some of it will dissolve into the mushroom if this happens.

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