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OfflineZmann
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drying tek
    #389329 - 09/09/01 01:54 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

Hey all.... I've had a little difficulty using a drying agent (like Damp-Rid et al) for perserving my shroomies in the past. Would those food dehyrators be a good option?... I know they use some heat (I think around 155-180 degrees). Would this considerably take away from the potency of the shroom? Thanks so much for your help!




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Re: drying tek [Re: Zmann]
    #389358 - 09/09/01 02:41 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

How do you mean you have had trouble using Damp Rid? What kind of trouble?

Immediately upon harvesting, place the mushrooms in front of a standard room/floor fan for about 2 days - this will take out a very large % of the water content - then place in an airtight, sealed container with fresh, unused damp rid - they will be "cracker dry" as the saying goes within a couple days.

You want to use methods that you are sure will get them 100% dry if you are going to be preserving them for any time at all.



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Re: drying tek [Re: cantara]
    #389501 - 09/09/01 05:11 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

What happens if the babies are transferred immediately to the damp-rid tek and not fanned for 2 days? AFOAF of my cat is right at this stage and this is the first time he's hearing about drying w/ a room fan first. BTW, how do you keep them from blowing all over the place w/ the room fan tek?

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Re: drying tek [Re: Idxactly]
    #389507 - 09/09/01 05:17 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

When my friend tried to dry them immediately with DR without fanning first, he found that the damp rid tended to be "used up" much faster - i.e. it is absorbing a hell of a lot more moisture. The mushrooms get a strange shriveled, kind of limp texture and turn extremely blue. Overall my friend concluded that fanning for 2 days first then DR worked best.

About blowing all over the place - he puts a paper towel down, puts the mushrooms on it, secures it to the floor with a couple coat hangers, just turns the fan on its lowest or medium setting with something like a box or something behind it to act as a "backboard" - unless your fan is on really hard or the mushrooms are really damn light, they aren't going to fly off. You are the one who was born to fly.




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Re: drying tek [Re: cantara]
    #390128 - 09/10/01 12:00 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

I know a kid who goes from tank to drying chamber, sans the fan tek- Although its true they do get very blue, if cut us small enough, and a deep enough layer of damp rid is used, shrooms will be cracker dry between 3 - 5 days depending on how much product is being dried. (ie 100grms wet take 4 days)

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