Magic mushrooms won’t stay for too long after picking them. It’s impossible to maintain its freshness, but what matters most is keeping potency for the psychedelic ride. Good thing that you can keep the important psychoactive substances, psilocin, and psilocybin by drying them out.
There are different methods of drying magic mushrooms, and each of them equates to the period on which they can remain fine for consumption. Doing it by yourself will ensure that you make your supply last longer.
Different Methods of Drying Magic Mushrooms
This process gets rid of excess moisture from the magic mushrooms, and it’s the way to protect them from getting molds. These mushrooms contain 95% water, so they won’t be in a fresh state for too long.
There are two methods of pre-drying phase:
1. Put the magic mushrooms on the plate and let a piece of cloth to provide covering. Then you can make the plate rest in a sunny window with the provision of necessary ventilation.
2. If there’s no presence of the sun, a fan will be handy. It would be the same thing with the shrooms on the plate as the fan blows on it.
Both of these methods need a few hours to come up with magic mushrooms that are wrinkled and leathery. This form is only good for a short period of storing. It would last up to several weeks.
Pre-drying is a pre-requisite of the following methods.
If you want to obtain cracker-dry mushrooms that can last a year or more, you should settle for this method. It can be expensive, and you would have a large number of magic mushrooms. However, you will be given an easy alternative for you to get the outcome of this process.
Get to Know Desiccant
It is something that you use to absorb water in the atmosphere, just like silica gel, which is the common source. This kind of gel is used for industrial packaging and to keep some food dry.
You can make your own desiccant which is environment-friendly and cost-efficient. Baking Epsom salt from the local pharmacy is what you need to do. Here’s an explanation of why you need Epsom salt.
Epsom salt is made of MgS04-7H20. In this chemical compound, there’s water (H20), as you can see, so there are seven water molecules. It forms Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate, which allows water molecules to evaporate when it’s baked. So you will only be left with MgS04.
MgS04 gas has a nature of wanting to retrieve the seven water molecules. It will vacuum the water it can find from the atmosphere until saturation takes place. So when the magic mushrooms make contact with MgS04, the water that it contains will be dissolved.
Before you can proceed to bake your Epsom salt, you need to finish the pre-dry process first.
Using Epsom Salt for Desiccant
After pre-drying and getting the most amount of water but the mushrooms are not cracker-dry like what desiccant can do, you can proceed to your main goal. You can make it at home, and you need to collect these things:
Epsom salt or Magnesium Sulfate
Steps to follow:
1. Spread the Epsom salt in one-cm thickness on the baking tray.
2. The oven should be preheated around 204 – 250 degrees. It will be better if you get near 250 degrees.
3. You can then place the tray with Epsom salt in the oven and bake it for 2 hours. The moisture within magic mushrooms is taken away.
4. Ahydrous Magnesium Sulfate will start to collect moisture in the air once you get them out of the oven. You don’t need to wait for it to cool down to hammer and break what you baked into small pieces. If not, it will turn into a solid cake.
Once they’re broken apart, place the pieces into an airtight container. It’s okay if they are still hot.
There’s no need to worry about re-humidifying the Epsom salt, but you need to be quick with your actions. Doing all of these things will make you secure your home-made desiccant.
The Last Necessary Step
Once you have the home-made desiccant, you can thoroughly dry the magic mushrooms.
Tools you Need:
Home-made Epsom desiccant
Pre-dried magic mushrooms
Plastic container with an airtight light (It should have enough space to hold all of the mushrooms and the desiccant.)
Steps to follow:
1. The bottom layer of the plastic container is the desiccant.
2. You have to cover the desiccant with a paper towel.
3. You can make a platform as the holder of the mushrooms over the paper towel by bending the metal mesh. It should be done on the sides and place of the container.
It’s necessary so the mushrooms won’t touch the desiccant. You don’t want to take any risk in this situation.
4. You can put your mushrooms atop the metal mesh.
5. Close the container by turning the airtight lid.
6. The desiccant will begin to sip the moisture from the mushrooms. The importance of an airtight container is due to the function of desiccant. It only needs to collect moisture from the air inside the container and the mushrooms.
You can monitor every other day to check the mushrooms’ level of dryness. Try to bend a piece, and when it snaps, it’s what you call cracker dry. It’s ready for long term storage in a dry, dark place.
3. Drying Magic Mushrooms with Silica Gel
Drying magic mushrooms with silica gel would give you the crisp of a cookie. If you want to skip on the making of Epsom salt, it’s another resort. Make sure you get a non-toxic silica gel and free from cobalt chloride.
400 grams of Silica gel
A cardboard, glass jar or small chest
Steps to follow:
1. Place the newspaper at the bottom part of the case of your choice. It can be cardboard, a glass jar, or a small chest.
The next layer is the silica gel then add more pieces of paper for you to put the mushrooms on top of it. Be very careful not to touch the silica gel.
2. Close the case or the container, and don’t move it. Moving the box from time to time can let the humidity escape. The outside humidity will go inside, and it will slow the process. Leave it for 48 hours.
3. After 48 hours, check the appearance of the silica gel. The color changes into a dark green shade from the original orange color. When it shows a dry color, it means that the magic mushrooms are completely dried.
There’s a need to have a regular check-up as the mushrooms can be dried without allowing the silica gel to use up its capacity.
You can keep your silica gel for future use. You can use its properties again by exposing it to sunlight or putting it in an oven with the temperature around 120 to 160 degrees Celsius. But it will come to the point that it’s depreciated and you need to buy a new one.
4. Drying with Freon
Freon is a dust-removal product, and it can also make the air conditioner cool. It can be used to dry magic mushrooms too. Drying your mushrooms with this thing is way faster than the previous methods.
What you need:
A canister of Freon-based dust removal
Steps to follow:
1. You need to preheat the oven at 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Put the mushrooms in the oven, and it needs 10 to 15 minutes or until they become dry and crispy. Make sure you don’t expose them to too much heat.
3. Take out the mushrooms from the oven.
4. You need to place the mushrooms in each unit, which is equivalent to a unit of 5 grams. Each unique is good for a single dose.
5. Put the doses in the Ziploc bag.
6. You need to flatten the Ziploc bag and insert the nozzle of the Freon container. Zip the bag as far as it goes.
7. You have to inflate the bag around 75% full. Close and shake it. You need to leave an opening and let the gas out. Once the air vacates the bag, it will be the Freon’s turn for occupation. It needs to be done 6 or 7 times.
8. It’s time to take off the nozzle and fold, starting from the lower end of the bag to release the gas.
9. You have to completely seal the bag.
10. Do the same steps with other bags.
You can get a bigger plastic bag and put the Ziploc bags in it so you can make two layers filled with Freon. It is to block moisture and make the mushrooms’ life longer.
Every time you get a Ziploc bag and open it, you have to re-blast it with Freon. The products from Freon can be good until 12 to 18 months.
5. Using a Food Dehydrator
If you’re not sure of the heat from the oven, you can purchase a food dehydrator to help you get drying magic mushrooms done. You will need the following things:
Steps to follow:
1. Wash the magic mushrooms thoroughly as you should shake off the false belief that mushrooms absorb all the water that touches them. Don’t soak them as you only need to wash them. You can use a vegetable brush and apply light pressure when using the tool.
Cut any bad sections or parts of the mushrooms by a knife. Don’t cut off too much as you will put them into waste. Slice the mushrooms for drying about 1/8-inch thick.
2. The dehydrator has a tray where you will place your sliced mushrooms. You have to leave space for around a single piece as they lie on the tray for air circulation. It’s vital for the drying process. Don’t let the pieces overlap each other.
When your arrangement is made, you can put the tray back to the dehydrator. Don’t let the pieces of magic mushrooms move even a little, so it’s necessary to be extra careful.
3. The dehydrator does the main job for you. You can check the instructions of the manufacturer, but you will likely dry the mushrooms in 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
The drying process will take 4 to 6 hours, and it depends on how thick you cut the mushrooms. It’s done if there’s no sponginess when you press them, and they appear crispy.
You have been given ideas on different methods of drying magic mushrooms. You have enough guides to follow the method that works best for you and the one that is convenient for you.
It’s important that you do the steps properly as the life and potency of the magic mushrooms are at stake. Dried magic mushrooms should be left to cool down before you can place them in the container.