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Offlineedisnione
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Drying with damprid
    #2836158 - 06/28/04 01:19 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

A friend of a friends of a friends

is trying to dry his harvest with small tupperware containers.. hes using about half an inch of damprid with a piece of aluminum foil so the mushrooms wont touch the damprid.. will this work?


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2836174 - 06/28/04 01:25 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I use foil. works fine.


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2836272 - 06/28/04 02:04 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Yes,you will be fine.

I always fan dry mine for at least 24 hours before putting them in the damprid container to finish drying.

They usually are dry the next morning!


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2836303 - 06/28/04 02:14 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

be sure the mushrooms do not touch the damprid by keeping them in a tray proped above it. also if its a small container be sure not to move it around too much 'cause it will splash on the shrooms. here's my setup



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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2837157 - 06/28/04 07:39 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Definately fan-dry first, otherwise you are wasting the damprid. A half inch of damp rid on the bottom of an 8 inch diameter container will dessicate many, many ounces of fan-dried mushrooms (depending on the ambiant humidity in your area).


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2837647 - 06/28/04 10:46 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

remember, damprid can be recharged in the oven, so you cant really waste it


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: sublimesubmind]
    #2837714 - 06/28/04 11:05 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

damp rid cannot be recharged in the oven. it turns into a liquid which you pour down the sink. however, epsom salts and some other dessicants can be recharged as you say.


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: houshroom]
    #2840970 - 06/29/04 08:12 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Actually, you can recharge it, if you want. You dump it into a pan, bake the shit out of it, and then go outside with a hammer and break the stuff up.


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: houshroom]
    #2841043 - 06/29/04 08:38 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

yes, theyre like glass beads, they dont turn into water. I dont think youve used damprid before or you are confused


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: sublimesubmind]
    #2841348 - 06/29/04 10:54 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

The glass bead-like stuff is silica gel, and while it is a water absorber, its not a very good dessicant due to its very limited capacity. Its really only useful for keeping dry stuff from picking up water from the ambiant air in a closed container. A small percentage of the beads are impregnated with an indicator that changes colors as the material absorbes water (usually cobalt chloride). Baking the beads after they turn pink will drive off the water, turning them blue, and ready for use again.

Damp Rid is calcium chloride, which will turn into a liquid when it has absorbed enough water. Leave a few beads of it out in the open for a while to observe this.

As a previous poster noted, damp rid can be reused by baking off the water, but its a big pain in the butt. Stir the pan frequently and skim off the crystals to make it easier.


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: csuidae]
    #2841361 - 06/29/04 10:58 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah.  At the cost of a small bucket of damp-rid, and for the amount of stuff it will dessicate, it's really just not worth it to recharge it.  You -can- do it, but it's a giant pain in the ass to save a few bucks.  :wink:


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2842048 - 06/30/04 01:58 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

My setup is very similar to houshroom's. I have a small tupperware container with silica gel in the bottom, like a one inch layer. Then I got a cookie drying rack and formed a piece of screen around it and it fits perfectly on top. Usually takes 2 days to completely dry without any air circulation on them, but I've found that this works much quicker than foil or paper towels.
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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: doc34]
    #2842063 - 06/30/04 02:01 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

> I always fan dry mine for at least 24 hours before putting them in the damprid container to finish drying.

I fully agree, or even 48 hrs, then you don't end up with soaked damprid.


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2842500 - 06/30/04 05:03 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

grandma uses silica, it works great and its NON TOXIC.


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Re: Drying with damprid [Re: edisnione]
    #2842708 - 06/30/04 07:42 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Fan drying your recently picked harvests for 12-24 hours will SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the amount of damp-rid, silica gel, or other dessicant material you may need to use to bring mushrooms to that "cracker dry" state. Placing recently harvested mushrooms on a plate infront of a constantly moving stream of air from a fan on a "Low" setting removes the majority of the moisture in under 24 hours. We've even found those "Vornado" model fans will fit nicely over larger tupperware bowls and the air is forced directly down and over the mushrooms when using this method. Then you can place the "almost" dry fruits in your dessicant chamber for complete drying, without requiring the dessicant to completely dry.

When drying with this method we've seen little to no flavor loss when drying boletes, oyster mushrooms, and shiitakes (other than the typical minor flavor loss associated with some gourmet mushrooms).


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