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best way to prepare a cake for casing??
    #3273341 - 10/24/04 11:55 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

what is the best way to prepare a cake for casing:

how do you "crumble"? ( just with latex gloves )
what is this about grating the cake i heard something about?
what size should the pieces be?
any other useful info????

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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: phantasm]
    #3273353 - 10/24/04 11:58 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I use a ziplock bag.
Don't know about grating, but sounds like a torture :wink:
Doesn't have to be any specific size as long as you can lay it out flat and evenly.

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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: phantasm]
    #3273358 - 10/24/04 11:58 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

grating is just like you'd grate cheese. of course use gloves to crumble/grate. Basically you just do exactly that and crumble the cake onto the casing layer in small pieces with gloves on. the sizes don't matter too much as long as it's even everywhere. so you could have a large piece in the middle but all around the large pieces you will want that filled in with much small stuff, but the smaller the pieces the better because this wont leave the possibility of big gapes between chunks.


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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: derx]
    #3273406 - 10/25/04 12:10 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

okay cool is there any real benefit between grating or crumbling cause i agree grating sounds mean and maybe damage myc

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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: phantasm]
    #3273420 - 10/25/04 12:13 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

grating isn't damaging the mycelium anymore than breaking it up. Grating isn't like tearing a leg off your dog. Mycelium grows through mitosis and doesn't consist of different organs like plants and animals. An analogy would be put a bunch of softballs into a container and put a bunch of marbles in the container. Both can take up the same volume, but which will be packed closer together?


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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: derx]
    #3273448 - 10/25/04 12:19 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

okay cool is there an advantage to either one

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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: phantasm]
    #3273459 - 10/25/04 12:21 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Personal preference basically.  I don't believe there is dis/advantages between them.  As long as either way the substrate layer is even, you're in good hands.  I was just trying to say make sure make sure make sure there is no big air spaces. :smile: good luck


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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: derx]
    #3273692 - 10/25/04 01:20 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I like to slice and crumble. Slice up a bunch of nice think chunks then crumble up a cake in a ziploc to fill in the cracks.


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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3274881 - 10/25/04 12:33 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

nobody recommends the blender. I read it somewhere here on the forum and it seems like it would give you a lot more even layer of substrate to case :])


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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: metasin]
    #3275235 - 10/25/04 02:39 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Crumbling into nickel sized chunks is all thats needed for an even casing! You do not want to totally scar your kids for life the least amount of shock the better they recover much quicker this way besides if your doing rye in the blender you'd rupture the colonized grains leaving contams an open invitation :wink: Here less is better to a point! :wink: GL guys


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Re: best way to prepare a cake for casing?? [Re: hyphae]
    #3275346 - 10/25/04 03:08 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

My mycobag is nearly colonized and I'll be preparing to case it soon. Would sterilizing an everyday butterknife by wiping it down with alcohol be sufficient to guard against contams? I'll cut the cake into slices within the mycobag, and then crumble. Any other suggestions?


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