How To Store Magic Mushrooms & Truffles
There are very few things more exhilarating and exciting than harvesting your first flush of magic mushrooms or truffles. To see the fruits of your labour finally pay off creates a satisfying feeling and gives you a much more personal relationship with the substance that will be taking you on your journey. However, you are not out of the woods yet.
Storing your magic mushrooms and truffles can be a tricky business if you don’t know how to do it properly. It is very easy to damage them, diminishing their content, or leave them prone to decomposition. For this reason, knowing how to safely and securely store them is a must for any budding psychonaut.
STORING FRESH MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLES
Storing fresh mushrooms and truffles correctly is fairly straight forward. Both can be stored loose in a dark, cool place, such as your fridge, for up to a month. The temperature that will be required is between 2-4 degrees Celsius. It is also best to place mushrooms and truffles on unbleached kitchen paper. A fridge is an inherently moist place, and excess moisture can cause damage. By placing them on kitchen paper, most of this risk is avoided.
If a month is not long enough, then you can consider buying a food vacuum packer. Once vacuum packed, and stored in a fridge, truffles will last for up to 3 months. Mushrooms, on the other hand, first need to be properly dried in order to avoid bacterial growth.
DRYING MAGIC MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLES FOR LONG TERM STORAGE
If a very long term storage solution is required, then both magic mushrooms and truffles can be dried out and safely stored in a cool, dark and dry place for up to 2-3 years (maybe even longer). The only risks are insect infestation, and potential loss of potency due to exposure to light, moisture and heat. This works because without their moisture content, mushrooms pretty much stop decomposing.
The trick with drying both magic mushrooms and truffles for storage is not to use any heat. It is a common mistake, and often used to try and speed up the process. However, the active compounds of magic mushrooms can be quite sensitive to prolonged periods of heat, destroying them and reducing potency.
The process of drying your magic harvest first involves pre-drying them to remove any excess moisture, followed by a thorough main dry using a desiccant. This will remove all moisture available, and leave your mushrooms and truffles ready to be moved into long term storage.
You can learn how to do this in much greater detail from our handy guide. Although it doesn’t talk about truffles, the same process can be used.
If drying isn’t quite good enough (although it should be), you can go the extra mile and freeze your mushrooms and truffles. To do so, follow the advice above, and check out our guide to fully drying them. Both truffles and mushrooms must be fully dry before they are frozen. Once dry, simply place them in a plastic zip lock bag and put them in your freezer. Frozen mushrooms and truffles can be stored pretty much indefinitely.
IMPORTANT: Never freeze fresh magic mushrooms and truffles, this will destroy their internal cell membrane structure, greatly diminishing potency.
So there you go! Now you know how to properly store your magic mushrooms and truffles, ensuring that their integrity is maintained and that they are ready for use whenever you need them!