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Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc.
    #3046673 - 08/25/04 12:57 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

A friend has some ready-to-pick shrooms, and wants to weigh them to see how much she has fresh before drying. However, the store doesn't open for about 4 hours.

She says that about 50% have opened up, the other half look close. Should she wait unitl they are all open (or at least most) before picking?

Could she pick them, and put them into one of those plastic ziplock containers with the lid closed in the fridge? Would they stay fresh that way for a few hours until they are ready to have drying start?

Do you use latex gloves when harvesting? Or just nice and clean hands?

When drying, you just put them on a plate with a small fan blowing on them for 24 hours or so, and then put them in a container with dessicant, right?


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: myndreach]
    #3048096 - 08/25/04 12:32 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Try making the shrooms reach full growth. The yields should become a bit bigger before ready for harvest. To pick them just hold the stem and twist off slowly making sure you dont damage the surface of the cake. You might also get more yields after the first flush. Just use clean hands.

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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: myndreach]
    #3048463 - 08/25/04 02:15 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

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myndreach said:
A friend has some ready-to-pick shrooms, and wants to weigh them to see how much she has fresh before drying. However, the store doesn't open for about 4 hours.

She says that about 50% have opened up, the other half look close. Should she wait unitl they are all open (or at least most) before picking?

Could she pick them, and put them into one of those plastic ziplock containers with the lid closed in the fridge? Would they stay fresh that way for a few hours until they are ready to have drying start?

Do you use latex gloves when harvesting? Or just nice and clean hands?

When drying, you just put them on a plate with a small fan blowing on them for 24 hours or so, and then put them in a container with dessicant, right?




Correct on drying method.

Use Latex gloves if you want, it doesn't do any harm. Otherwise wash your hand thoroughly.

You can wait until they open up, the optimum time to pick them is when the veil breaks, just before they open up. When the veil breaks and they open up you can make a sporeprint with them so maybe you want to do that.

They will keep in the fridge for a few days so yes. Put them in a paper bag though, not plastic.


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: utopianglory]
    #3049390 - 08/25/04 06:46 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Why paper not plastic?


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: deafpanda]
    #3049412 - 08/25/04 06:52 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I think something to due with the fact that plastic breathes much more than paper, uhh...or something.

Great sig deafpanda, btw.


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: myndreach]
    #3051008 - 08/26/04 12:44 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

They will rot much quicker in plastic.


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: myndreach]
    #3051517 - 08/26/04 02:36 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

or just leave them on a plate, on top of paper towels on your counter, with another paper towel over them. They'll be fine if you're drying them tomorrow.  Try to get a dehydrator. They are awesome. :smile: GOod luck and have fuuuuuun!


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: Phishgrrl]
    #3051745 - 08/26/04 03:45 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Even after a day in room temperature they look worse.  Worse means they are decomposing which is never good.  Decomposition will not help in your quest to avoid the oxidation of the good stuff :smile:

Only leave them out if the fridge is not an option.


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Re: Help please...Questions about harvesting...drying, etc. [Re: utopianglory]
    #3051867 - 08/26/04 04:30 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah she set them on a plate next to a fan for 24 hours, they look to be as dry as they'll get (been humid here lately), so she put them into a tupperware container with a lid and a dessicant tube from mycosupply, and stuck it in a closet.


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