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How to Dry Magic Mushrooms: The Best Ways to Dehydrate Psilocybin

How to Dry Magic Mushrooms

Getting your hands on freshly grown psilocybin mushrooms is a rare and exciting moment, so you want to make sure they last for as long as possible. In order to maintain potency and extend the shelf life, we recommend drying your mushrooms. There are quite a few different ways to go about this process, and we have tried them all! To save you the troubles of trial and error, we’ll share with you everything we have learned along the way to get perfectly potent and dry magic mushrooms. 

Ready to learn all about drying magic mushrooms? We’ve got you covered. Read on for our guide to preserving these psychedelic goodies.

Drying Magic Mushrooms: Why It’s Important?

As I think we can all agree, fresh mushrooms are a wonderful treat! Potent with psilocybin, and inducing a magical trip, they are hard to beat. However, fresh mushrooms have one downfall – they just do not last very long. In fact, kept in the fridge, they are only good for at most ten days. So unless you want to trip your brains out and kiss your ego goodbye by eating all the fresh mushrooms you have (which, speaking from experience, we highly, highly discourage!!) then you’ll want to dry your mushrooms and save them for later use. 

Providing an equally uplifting and eye opening trip, we have a special place in our hearts for dry magic mushrooms. I prefer them mainly because of their exceptional shelf life! With dried ones, I always know that I have some on hand, and never have to worry about using them right away. It ensures that I can space out my trips more, too, which is really important. If you eat mushrooms too closely together, your tolerance for them goes up, and you will have lesser effects. 

Another upside of dry magic mushrooms is the plethora of recipes that you can try out to keep your mushrooms preserved. Our team favorite is mushroom chocolates. Not only do they taste delicious and help cut the funky taste of mushrooms, but they also can last for years. Or, we have a client who swears by her special blue honey, or mushroom honey. Deb says, “It’s so easy. I just grind up dried mushrooms in my blender and then mix them into local honey. I put it on everything – lathered on toast with peanut butter, a spoonful in my green tea, and sometimes in fruit smoothies.”. No wonder Deb is always in such a great mood!

Dried pyogo mushrooms

Cutting Or Tearing Mushrooms for Drying: Is It Bad For Potency?

We get asked a lot about our opinion on cutting and tearing psilocybin mushrooms before drying, and we say go for it. If you are doing an at-home drying process, we think there is nothing wrong with cutting your shrooms into smaller chunks and pieces. In fact, it helps to speed up the drying process and ensures that each part of the mushroom is safely dried. 

Some people will tell you that the potency is lost with cutting or tearing, but in our experience, the loss will be minimal. Plus, it’s better to be safe and ensure that the whole mushroom is dried to avoid any rot or spoilage.

How Long Do Dried Mushrooms Last When Dried?

We have had good luck keeping mushrooms potent and safe for years by using proper drying and storage methods. If you follow our guidelines, you should hopefully have similar results, meaning you can enjoy your prized shroomies for a long time. Keep the mushrooms stored in an airtight container, away from sunlight, moisture, and heat for best results and a longer shelf life. We recommend always checking your dried mushrooms for any signs of rot, decay, or mold, as these will tell you if your mushrooms have gone off. If you see any of these signs, you will want to throw them away!

How to Dry Mushrooms | Sterilizing

The first and most important step for any mushroom drying experience is sterilizing your space! It can be easy to look this step over, and I am definitely guilty of it myself, but it is so important in ensuring the health and safety of your product. I always disinfect all the tools, surfaces, and materials that I’ll be using, and then wash my hands and put a clean pair of clothes on. Follow these disinfecting steps before starting the dry process:

dried mushroom food

Disinfecting your work area

The disinfection process may be different from person to person, but this is the method we use. Start by making a cleaning solution with distilled water and a ratio of 5 to 10 percent bleach. Dip a clean cloth into the bleach mixture and wipe down any surfaces that you will be using. Then, take a new cloth and dip in just the distilled water, wipe away any bleach. Let the area air dry for a couple of hours and then you are ready to get going on the next step!

Materials needed to disinfect your work area:

  • Bleach (Unscented)
  • Distilled Water
  • Latex Gloves
  • Two Clean Cloths

Materials needed to disinfect tools and storage containers:

Contamination is something you really want to avoid with mushrooms, so be sure not to skip this important step of disinfecting any tools or containers you will be using. For any metal tools, such as scissors or tweezers, be sure to soak in alcohol, carefully light with the lighter, and then dip in distilled water. 

As for the container used, I recommend placing a mixture of distilled water with 5 to 10 percent bleach inside and then shaking it around. Rinse thoroughly with distilled water a few times, and then leave out to air dry. 

  • Alcohol 
  • Lighter
  • Bleach (Unscented)
  • Distilled Water
  • Latex Gloves
Storage Containers

 

Pre-Drying Your Magic Mushrooms

Pre-drying your mushrooms is not necessary, but I will tell you that I have far better results when I make the time for this step. The times I skip out on pre-drying, I always regret it! It is so easy, too, so really no excuses for not adding it to the process. 

All you have to do is leave the mushrooms out on kitchen paper in a sterile and dark place with good ventilation, helping to naturally decrease the moisture within them. At my house, we always use a fan to speed up the pre-drying. Depending on where your mushrooms are, the time of year, and other factors, the pre-dry time can vary but is usually around a couple of hours. I always look for a crackly, brittle, or wrinkled texture on the shrooms, and use that as my sign that they are ready to be fully dried.

Materials Needed for the Pre-Dry Process:

  • Kitchen Paper, Cardboard, or Dry Towel
  • Fan 
  • Latex Gloves

Top 6 Magic Mushroom Drying Methods

There are lots of options when it comes to drying your magic mushrooms, so choose the one that works best with your lifestyle! Based on years of experience, here are the methods we recommend:

1. Air Drying

If you are lucky enough to live in a pretty dry place, this is an easy and cheap way to get your mushies dried. However, if you live in a humid climate, like me, then air drying should never be used to dry mushrooms. I learned this one the hard way years ago, when I had to throw away a whole batch of freshly harvested mushrooms after they got soggy and rotted from too much moisture.

Air Drying Mushrooms

What you need

  • HygrometerThis measures the humidity of your room. You want the humidity to be below 55%. If your room measures any higher, then air drying is no longer an option. 
  • A piece of Cardboard
  • Fan
  • A well-ventilated space with no direct sunlight

The Air Drying Process

First, double check the humidity levels of your room with the hygrometer. If everything checks out, then place your shrooms separated on a dry piece of cardboard – make sure that none of the shrooms are touching one another. I find it helpful to place the cardboard on top of a radiator and then turn my fan on to blow over the mushrooms. Continuously check on your mushrooms, knowing that they are done when they are wrinkly and crisp.

2. Use A Dehydrator

This is our team’s favorite method, as it is pretty foolproof and hard to mess up. The dehydrator does all the work, so I can trust all the shrooms will be consistently and uniformly dried. Choose any food dehydrator based on your budget.

dehydrator

What you need

  • Dehydrator

Dehydrator Process

Simply follow the normal directions of your dehydrator with this method. Space your mushrooms evenly along the drying racks, ensuring that none of them are touching. Then set the dehydrator to a low temperature – I usually set it to about 40 degrees celsius. You want the temperature set to low to keep the psychoactive component, psilocybin, strong and intact. For me, this process usually takes around 4-8 hours. I find that the longer I pre-dry, the shorter time they need in the dehydrator.

3. Use A Desiccant

Another cheap and easy way we use to dry magic mushrooms, desiccants are great for pulling out moisture. If you are not familiar with desiccants, think of those silica packets you find in new shoes. Just as they keep new shoes from getting stinky or strange, they can do the same thing for mushrooms. As long as you properly pre-dried and got rid of enough moisture from the mushrooms, go ahead and give this method a shot.

What you need

  • Airtight Container
  • Silica Packets (Enough to cover the bottom of the container)
  • Paper Towels
  • Metal Mesh (for separating the shrooms)
Desiccant

Desiccant Process

Start by covering the bottom of your sterilized, airtight containers with the silica packets. Then, top those silica packets with a layer of dry paper towels, and create a rounded shape with the metal mesh to sit above the paper towels. Next, grab your perfectly pre-dried mushrooms and set them carefully on top of the mesh, being sure to give each one enough space from the other. Lastly, close the lid and let the drying process begin! This method takes a bit more patience, but the payoff should be worth it. 

When I use this method, I try not to touch them for a couple of days; really putting my patience to the test! I look for that crispy/cracker-like consistency to know when all the moisture has been absorbed and that they are ready to be taken out. Once removed, store magic mushrooms away in airtight containers or vacuum sealed bags.

4. Oven Drying

Although it may seem easy, proceed cautiously with the oven drying methods. I have heard way too many horror stories of destroyed mushrooms to ever try this one for myself, but if you feel brave – go for it! The biggest problem with this option is that high temperatures can break down the psilocybin, leaving you with burnt and non-psychoactive shrooms. In my opinion, the dehydrator is a great alternative to the oven!

What you need

  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
Oven Drying Method

Oven Drying Process

If you choose to give this method a shot, start by setting your oven to the lowest possible temperature. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your mushrooms evenly spaced apart on top. To prevent the mushrooms from burning, be sure to leave the oven door slightly open and check on them often.

5. Vermiculite

I have heard of people using vermiculite as an alternative to silica packets, however I really do not recommend this. Used in construction, vermiculite is a mineral that absorbs moisture. The problem, though, is that a lot of it is now contaminated with asbestos. Now I don’t know about you, but I would rather eat my mushrooms free of asbestos!

What you need

  • Vermiculite 
  • Airtight Container
  • Paper Towels 
  • Metal Mesh
Vermiculite

Vermiculite Process

If you are willing to run the risk and try vermiculite, the process is similar to the desiccant method mentioned earlier. Instead of silica packets, however, you would simply replace that layer with vermiculite instead.

6. Epsom Salt

I find this method with epsom salts to be a bit too time consuming, but it does do the trick. If you have the spare time in your day, give this one a shot.

What you need

  • Epsom Salts (can be bought from your local pharmacy or drugstore)
  • Airtight Container
  • Paper Towels 
  • Oven
Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt Process

I say the epsom salt process for drying mushrooms is time consuming, because not only do you have to pre-dry the mushrooms, but you also have to pre-dry the epsom salts. To do that, preheat the oven to 200-250 degrees celsius and then place a layer of the salts on a baking tray. Pop the salts in the oven and leave them there for around two hours, letting all the moisture be released. Next, let the salt dry. 

Once the epsom salt is ready to go, you can pour a layer of it into the airtight container, followed by a layer of paper towels. Making sure the mushrooms do not touch the salt, place them on the paper towels. Lastly, simply leave the shrooms to dry, letting them get to that ideal cracker-like texture. Store magic mushrooms in an airtight container away from direct light, heat, and moisture.

Dried Magic Mushroom Storage

Drying your mushrooms is just one part of the puzzle, but don’t forget about the importance of proper storage! Curious how to keep your dried mushrooms preserved for as long as possible? Take a trip over to our article all about mushroom storage.

We would love to hear from you! Whether you have a question, suggestion, or just want to say hello. Contact us at 613-618-6495.

Alan Rockefeller

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