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Sun-dried shrooms?
    #6038947 - 09/07/06 06:27 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I know there are loads of threads around about drying methods (i've read loads!) but i was wondering why nobody suggests laying them out on a windowsill or somewhere similar? does direct sunlight break down the active compounds? the leaving-in-a-drawer method isn't working that well... the central heating's broken so the house is kind of damp... and our oven doesn't really do 30-40 degrees... more just big-fire or no-fire...


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Re: Sun-dried shrooms? [Re: tinyclanger]
    #6039053 - 09/07/06 07:00 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

It's ideal to stay at 90 degrees or lower and gradually dehydrate the fungi of their water content. The window ledge is an option but modern methods usually teach us to use an electric dehydrator, or desiccant, or fan-drying followed by light oven drying to finish 'em off.

After a certain temp is reached (approx above 95 degrees for a fairly prolonged amount of time) the active constituents degrade.


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Re: Sun-dried shrooms? [Re: tinyclanger]
    #6039108 - 09/07/06 07:13 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Tiny if its only libs you want to dry and you or one of your friends has a radiator do what I still do (drys em nice and slow). Cover a flattened cardboard box with kitchen foil shiny side out and stick it down on the reverse. Lay your wet libs singly (takes a while but it's a good vibe!) on the foil and place it on the floor under the rad, run it for a good while, back off for a few hours run it (turn 'em once in the middle) again etc. till they dry airtight bag 'em and freeze 'em. The foil will also help the shrooms not to stick, lay 'em down gently and they will resist adhering. Turn 'em all at the right time and you will get many fewer "hangers on". Don't use paper (yeuk!).


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Re: Sun-dried shrooms? [Re: tinyclanger]
    #6040392 - 09/08/06 04:00 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I do dry mine by laying them somewhere usually. Having a fan going in the room helps. They don't have to be sitting in direct sun light. Just in my room works fine for me.
Some species (only a select few - usually the bigger ones) may require being hung by a piece of very thing string - because if they lay on one side too long they might rot on the bottom. I'm mainly talking about edibles here though.


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Re: Sun-dried shrooms? [Re: eris]
    #6040395 - 09/08/06 04:02 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I break or slice Really fat and thick shrooms in quarters to dry fast enough. But it's not 100% necessary, just helps


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