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Drying...what's your method?
    #550685 - 02/14/02 01:26 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

What are your thoughts on the most effective drying method for these little babies. easiest, best way to keep the potency?? thoughts?


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #550860 - 02/14/02 05:52 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)



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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #550873 - 02/14/02 06:18 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

Use damp-rid , you can get it ANYWHERE (home depot, big supermarket stores,etc)

it'll get your mushies cracker dry within 2-3 days

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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #550888 - 02/14/02 06:34 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

Well,

The guys have given you some great options.

But.....I like my food dehydrator.
The Unit i have is called the Galloping Gourmet Snack Express.
It has temp control.....which is a must if you are using one.
I keep it set at 85 degrees.....and my shrooms are cracker dry in a day and a half...tops.
And i can honestly say this works just as good as the other ways.
The key is not to use too much heat.

You can get one on Ebay really cheap.

Alot of the dehydrators don't have a temp control....so be careful.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #550955 - 02/14/02 08:34 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

This may not be great for a larger operation but heres what I do. I put Anhydrous Calcium Chloride (Brand name silica in the kitty litter section of your local x-Mart) with the mushies in a closed container. With only a couple mushrooms they dry 100% in a couple of days. Make sure not to let any of the Calcium Chloride touch the musheis.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: Ed_e_o]
    #551038 - 02/14/02 10:47 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

read the faq

www.shroomery.org/faq

there is a good section on drying


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #551045 - 02/14/02 10:53 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

My friend has tried using dessicants before, but had little luck with them. She lives in a very dry climate and so she just sets the fruit out on a plate and puts them in front of a small fan. A day later they are cracker dry. Three days later the ones with the dessicant are half dry and starting to rot. She still stores them with dessicants, just doesn't use them for the initial drying.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: Seuss]
    #551051 - 02/14/02 10:58 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

I have had great luck with desicant. I get the flower drying kind. It has little blue cyrstals in it that turn pink when wet and you just throw it in the oven. I use a ceramic container, put about 3/4 in of dessicant in it. I use the ceramic container so I can just keep the dessicant, which can be very messy, in the same container I dry in. Then I put one layer of paper towel in, and put the mushies on top.
Works great. Cracker dry in two days.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #551055 - 02/14/02 11:03 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #551110 - 02/14/02 12:14 PM (15 years, 7 months ago)

I personally have just kept them out by the fan on some paper towels for 2-3 days and they turn cracker dry by themselfs...Course, if you had the money and wanted to play it safe, you'd buy the damp-rid stuff :smile:


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: ralphster44]
    #551120 - 02/14/02 12:24 PM (15 years, 7 months ago)

For the record... dessicant works... but is sloooooooooow.... the longer the mushie is wet the more potency it loses... damp rid usually takes about 48 hours to have the shroom close to bone dry.... if you get a big box fan and stick wire mesh on top of it and lay it down flat it will dry really great... takes about 12 hours for the shrooms to be pretty dry and in about 24 there bone dry.... THEN you should transfer to dessicant chamber if your planning on long term storage.... anyone who swears by dessicant try this method Once!


ps... came back to edit... thought i would mentiong the fan doesnt need to be on high depending on the type of box fan Medium or Low will work fine... it doesnt have be be blowing very hard... just experiment... basic rule is make sure the shrooms wont blow away when there dry... this can be eliminated if you construct some type of cage but thats kinda overkill and lame when you can just turn down the fan speed


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: vatoloco]
    #551362 - 02/14/02 04:12 PM (15 years, 7 months ago)

I just put 'em in the oven on some aluminum foil at 150F for about 2 hours (or until dry. Potency seems unaffected. Then store them in a baggie with dessicant. Quick and painless.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: Swami]
    #551560 - 02/14/02 06:25 PM (15 years, 7 months ago)

Can anyone else vouch for the oven drying techs? Id like to try it, but im anal about ruining my beautiful little friends.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: homage_etd]
    #551590 - 02/14/02 06:43 PM (15 years, 7 months ago)

dear god... dont put them in the oven... they need to be dried with NO heat... just stick them on a fan... it takes about 24 hours...


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: stantheman]
    #552140 - 02/15/02 03:41 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

I just lay them on paper towels with a fan blowing on them. Dry in a day, cracker dry in 2-3 days.


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: ]
    #552212 - 02/15/02 06:38 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

Ive been using window fan that blows upward for a few months now. Ive just recently started puting a bin of desecant beneath it to help dry the air that gets to the shrooms, but it still takes 3 days or more to dry the larger/meatier mushies and i dont like the idea of slicing them in half :[


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: homage_etd]
    #552219 - 02/15/02 07:01 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

I get a needle and thread and thread them all together. Then I hang the thread with all the mushrooms on it in front of a fan and leave it for 24 hours. After this, they're 80% dry, and then a few days in the dessicant chamber seems to finish them off completely. Then I just leave them in storage in the dessicant chamber until I'm ready to eat 'em. :smile:


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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: Stormdamage]
    #552331 - 02/15/02 11:06 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

Do you know this little bagies with silica gel that come along with hard disks or inside your computer case, i grab about 15 to 20 bags and put them at the bottom of a plastic tupperware, then i put the mushies on top of the baggies, the tupperware is then place under a light bulb, they dry on about 2 or 3 days.

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Re: Drying...what's your method? [Re: MAIA]
    #552361 - 02/15/02 11:47 AM (15 years, 7 months ago)

That really doesnt make alot of sense to me. Considering dessicant will absorb moisture from the air and be full up in a couple of days.
Unless you are baking the little baggies to dry the dessicant out.


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