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I wanted to thank all of you in the past who helped me identify mushrooms i posted as pics, and to explain to me the difference between them. I could not have gained this information without ya'lls help.
I consider myself an expert Cube hunter now. Once you know what these things look like, there is no mistaking them. The season as been great weatherwise, and the pickings in my 'secret field' have been incredible. Yesterday I went and after a 45 min stroll i had ONE POUND of cubes weighing down my little shrooming sack.
Im in the proccess now of collecting these things and drying them out nicely to save them for the winter season when shrooms are scarce.
I have been experimenting with cleaning these shrooms. Face it, when you pick them out of the dirt they arent too clean, sometimes with streaks of shit along the cap. At first I tried running them under water in a spaghetti rinse basket, but shrooms are usually so fragile that sometimes eve the force of the running water will bust up a shroom.
So here is what I have been doing to cleam them. First I seperate the caps from the stems, and lat them on some paper next to a fan to dry them out. (and leave some massive spore prints) Once the caps are dry, I take the dirty ones and use a brand new soft-bristle toothbrush to simply brush off the yuck. This also works good and dislogeing any grass or dead bugs that might have dried out in the gills of the cap.
Tehn i package them in some brown paper bags and stick em in my cool, dry closet.
What fun! Could not have done it without you guys.