After harvesting magic mushrooms, it’s very crucial to dry them out, To preserve the aesthetics and potency of your freshly grown magic mushrooms, the drying process is the final extent before you can experience the ineffable power of psilocybin. This is also an essential and time-sensitive endeavor, one that requires swift action and the right equipment.
There are some effective ways to dry out the psychedelic mushroom in the presence of heat and air, along with a little know-how. Here’s everything that you need to know about how to dry magic mushrooms.
Methods to Dry Magic Mushrooms
Here, we will discuss, how to dry magic mushrooms by using varieties of methods. The most effective ways to dry shrooms are using a vertical or horizontal dehydrator on hand, apart from these, there are other methods to dry out your magic mushrooms but they are slightly less effective compared to the vertical or horizontal dehydrator method.
It doesn’t matter which method or which equipment, you have chosen and ready to go, the foremost step of the drying process is to clean the bottoms of the stems by cutting off the part upon which there is still some substrate. The substrate is the layer of material used as the base for the mycelium to grow. But it is no longer useful for drying out your shrooms and ready for consumption.
The further step will rely upon which type of dehydrator you have chosen. You can also use other methods to dry magic mushrooms instead of a dehydrator, but dehydrator is preferred as the most efficient. Here, it is explained step-by-step methods to use both the vertical dehydrator and horizontal dehydrator for drying the magic mushrooms.
How you can dry magic mushrooms by using horizontal dehydrator trays?
Here are some simple steps that will help in drying out your shrooms by using a horizontal dehydrator:
Step:1- At first place the largest mushrooms on the top ring tray and the smallest on the bottom ring tray.
Step:2- Now, set the temperature to 110 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Step:3- Set an alarm or timer for two hours
Step:4- Once the timer goes off, check both the trays and remove dried mushrooms. If the stems of your shrooms are easily broken with cracking sound, then the drying process has been perfectly done.
How to Use Vertical dehydrator to dry out magic mushrooms?
Here are some simple steps that are used for drying magic mushrooms by using a vertical dehydrator:
Step:1- if you have a vertical dehydrator, place the largest magic mushrooms nearest to the fan and the smallest closest to the door.
Step:2- Set temperature to 158 degrees Fahrenheit
Step:3- set an alarm or timer for 2 hours
Step:4- check the magic mushrooms, are dried or not, if not, add more time
Which One is better Horizontal Dehydrator or Vertical Dehydrator?
Both the horizontal and vertical dehydrators are used for drying shrooms, but if you have not anyone, and thinking of buying one, you should consider investing in a horizontal dehydrator, they are more effective compared to vertical dehydrators. Horizontal dehydrators have more surface area and they take less time to dry your shrooms.
Other Drying Methods of Magic Mushrooms
If you have not a dehydrator machine, you can also choose some alternative methods to dry out your magic mushrooms. One of these is called the Sushi Mat system, in which you need a sushi mat, paper towels, and sunlight. Here’s how you use the Sushi Mat system to dry your shrooms:
- Place the mat on a paper towel in an area with direct sunlight and ventilation. You should also ensure that the location is not so crowded and far away from the reach of children and pets.
- Now, place the magic mushrooms on the mat
- Depending on the sunlight and weight of the mushrooms, it can take up to 24 hours or more to dry out completely
- Make sure they are cracker dry before storing, if they are still ‘wet’ they will mold
Some other methods can successfully dry out your freshly harvested shrooms. In this method, you will have to simply scatter your shrooms onto a screen and placed them closest to a heating vent so that shrooms are dried out by the warm air circulation.
You can also dry your magic mushrooms in an oven, but this method is not so effective, it only bakes the mushrooms rather than effectively dry them.
How Long Does It Take to Dry Magic Mushrooms?
How long it takes to dry out your shrooms, depends on several factors, including the dehydration method used and the size of your batch. So, instead of limiting the time of the drying process, it is better to use several identifiers to check out whether your magic mushrooms are properly dried out or not. The best way to check, your magic mushrooms should be cracker dry, which means able to snap the stem with ease and there should be no moisture left in a perfectly dried mushroom. The ideal dried mushrooms have dried caps and stems, the color of caps should be golden brown, while the stems should stand out with a white surface.
After drying your magic mushrooms, you should have to store them properly. You should place it in a vacuum-sealed or air-tight bag and keep it in a dark and cool place, away from the direct contact of sunlight. You can also store the magic mushrooms in a mason jar or Tupperware.
So, drying magic mushrooms is very essential, if you can afford a dehydrator, you should acquire it to ensure that your shrooms get the proper drying they deserve. But if you can’t, you can go with the Sushi Mat System, but when you are doing the process, keep a close eye on your batch and make sure before storing them, they should come out cracker dry and fully moisture-free.