How To Use Magic Mushrooms In The Kitchen

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How To Use Magic Mushrooms In The Kitchen


If you are not crazy about the taste of Magic Mushrooms - and most of us aren't - you could try using them as an ingredient in a hot and savory dish. Read on to learn more about using shrooms in the kitchen.

"Magic mushrooms" are strains of mushrooms with psychedelic properties. They induce a very intense high, as if connecting you to the innermost workings of the brain. They are often used for emotional experiences, dredging whatever is going on deep down to the surface.

You will want to exercise caution based on your current state of mind as well as your surroundings. A safe, tranquil, quiet setting is recommended. Don't make the mistake of going somewhere like a theme park on shrooms, like a certain Zamnesia writer may or may not have done.

The bitter taste of magic mushrooms can be off-putting to some. An obvious solution is to find a way to cook them into a meal as you would regular mushrooms. Here is our guide for doing this without sacrificing the potency of your mushrooms.

HOW DOES COOKING AFFECT POTENCY?

HOW DOES COOKING MAGIC MUSHROOMS AFFECT POTENCY?

Psilocybin is the name of the game. That's the psychoactive component in magic mushrooms we concern ourselves most with. One can't help but wonder, will cooking and heating psilocybin mushrooms deminish their magical effect?

Condidering that they are often brewed into a psychoactive tea, you would assume heating shrooms up to slighty under 100ºC is an acceptable thing to do when cooking with shrooms. To make the tea, water is boiled and then set to a soft simmer. The magic mushrooms are added and the brew is allowed to steep for 10–15 minutes. The good news: this doesn't seem to diminish psilocybin's potency. However, there is another chemical in these mushrooms with a similar name: psilocin.

Some varieties of magic mushrooms, like Psilocybe cyanescens, have a balance that skews more towards psilocin. Psilocin will diminish in potency after too much time spent in hot water. So you will want to research as much as you can about the variety of mushroom you have and then steep accordingly. The advice that follows also applies to magic truffles.

FINDING THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS

Cooking shrooms into a meal

If your mushrooms can be included in the preparation of a meal, then why wouldn't you take that opportunity? Cooking shrooms into a meal masks that bitterness with a flavourful treat.

It can also spread psychoactive oil from the mushrooms throughout the meal, similar to cannabis edibles. Even including mushrooms as part of a pizza or sandwich can be a delightful way to take them. You could also prepare them as part of a salad or make a very potent pesto sauce with them. They also make for a good pairing with pure organic cacao beans.

Of course, you could always pair your psychedelic mushrooms with other varieties of mushroom. Do you like porcini or portobello? Shiitake? Cremini? Good ol' button mushrooms? There are delicious varieties of culinary mushrooms whose flavour will overwhelm the magic mushrooms.

If you have a recipe that requires mushrooms anyway, you can add the right dosage of shrooms instead. Get creative. Think of an omelette, quiche, or pasta dish that will taste great, but also induce the trip of a lifetime. The possibilities are endless. To give you a practical example, we're going to talk you through a recipe for magic mushroom risotto. First, there are a few crucial steps for preparing your mushroom trip.

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WHEN YOU TRIP IS CRUCIAL

WHEN YOU TRIP IS CRUCIAL

Remember the warning about not going to a theme park on magic mushrooms? This hypothetical Zamnesia writer could have had a bad day of vomiting and anxiety after doing that. If this scenario happened, it could be described as a "bad trip". This could be even more intense with disturbing hallucinations.

The psychological/spiritual/emotional journey of a trip should be taken in a comfortable, serene environment. You want to minimise sensory stimulation because you're going to become very sensitive.

In fact, it's advisable you have a sober confidant sit with you as you experience the trip - a “trip sitter” of sorts. Their role will be to keep you from acting dangerously during any hallucinations and assist you if you feel panicked.

The experience may be intense, but they will be there to remind you it is a chemical reaction in your brain that will pass. Home will be the best environment, although a tranquil forest is reputedly pleasant for the experience. In which case, definitely have a trip sitter who can get you home.

FINDING THE RIGHT DOSAGE

FINDING THE RIGHT MAGIC MUSHROOM DOSAGE

By definition, taking anything in excess is bad for you. Taking shrooms in excess is really, really not a good idea. It is important that you not add too much to your recipe. How much is too much? Unfortunately, it depends on a case-by-case basis. It depends on your physical and mental health background, including any medication you might be taking.

It depends strongly on the strain you are using as well. As much as one gram could put your mind through a very strange hallucinatory experience, depending on the strain. If your shrooms or truffles are dried, then they will be more potent in smaller quantities than fresh counterparts.

We recommend starting off with light doses so you become used to the experience. If you are cooking with magic truffles for example, 12 grams of fresh truffles or 4 grams of dried truffles is good for beginners. The contrast is even starker in magic mushrooms. 8 grams of fresh shrooms is a mild dose, but if you're dealing with dried shrooms, you should use one tenth of that. 0.8 grams is a safe starting point for dried shrooms. If in doubt, consult our Magic Mushroom Dosage Calculator. This will calculate what average dosage to take for a light, normal, or strong trip, depending on whether you are using truffles or shrooms, dried or fresh, and personal factors "weight".

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REHYDRATING FOR COOKING

The potency of dried shrooms should not be taken lightly. There is also a case for having liquid into which the psychoactive chemicals can spread. You can rehydrate your shrooms to soften them up and prepare them for your recipe. The hotter the water you use, the more psilocybin will be extracted into the water. Simmer them for 10–15 minutes until they have expanded in size.

For the purposes of our magic mushroom risotto recipe, you are going to bring vegetable stock to a boil and then take it off the heat source. You will then add the mushrooms and let them sit in the liquid for 15 minutes. After that, separate the vegetable stock from the mushrooms, chop them up, and then we can get started making a fantastic, psychedelic meal.

COOKING MAGIC MUSHROOM RISOTTO

COOKING MAGIC MUSHROOM RISOTTO

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • Your safe dosage of magic mushrooms/truffles, chopped
  • ½ cup of other edible mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated cheese (parmesan, or whichever fine cheese you can find)
  • Light seasoning of salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 2–3 minutes.
  2. Stir rice into this oil and gradually pour wine in as it simmers. Continue stirring as you add all of your mushrooms and vegetable stock. You don't have to add it all in one go. In fact, the recipe will cook smoother if you add gradually.
  3. Keep stirring until the rice and mushrooms are plump from absorbing all the liquid.
  4. Then, add salt, pepper, green onions, and cream. You can also add cheese at this point, or grate it on top after cooking.

You will know cooking is finished when the rice is plump and tender. And there you have it—a very enjoyable and classy way to take your shrooms. Have a safe and happy trip!

Val Watts

Written by: Val Watts
Val Watts is not talented enough to be Reggie Watts and not zen enough to be Alan Watts. But he does what he can writing about cannabis from the Emerald Isle. He hopes some day the green will be accepted everywhere so he loves researching and visiting the places it is.

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