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Topic: Grow your own
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 14, 2014 01:29PM)
MUSHROOMS!!

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Going to cook some up in olive oil and garlic and smother a T-bone steak with them tonight. Later this week I'll be making a nice venison stroganoff.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 14, 2014 01:50PM)
Magic!
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 14, 2014 01:56PM)
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On 2014-01-14 14:50, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Magic!

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It's like magic when they really start growing. They practically double in size every 24 hours.

P.S. They are just white button mushroom, not the true "magic" kind.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 14, 2014 02:10PM)
Of course. We're in the "Not very magical" section!
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 14, 2014 02:14PM)
Haha! Good one.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jan 14, 2014 02:58PM)
I've always wanted to grow mushrooms, (even after reading Ray Bradbury's Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!).
I was spoiled growing up because my Grandfather picked Mushrooms off his 25 acre ranch. In the fall he'd bring in 5 gallon buckets of them.
Store bought mushrooms are never quite as tasty. They never reach full maturity (but you don't have to peel store bought mushrooms so that's good).
When we'd cook up a pot they'd get as black as licorice. I think they were Portabellas. they got about a foot across in some cases. My Grandfather said they were an Italian Mushroom.

I live on the same land which is now a neighborhood. The same mushrooms now grow n my yard but my partner is afraid to let me pick them.
When I mow the lawn it is like mowing over shrimp.

I'm wondering if it was just a fun project or if you think you will save money.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 14, 2014 03:05PM)
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On 2014-01-14 15:58, Mary Mowder wrote:

I'm wondering if it was just a fun project or if you think you will save money.

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Just a fun project. The whole thing comes a s a kit and they always have them in the garden center this time of year. I had mentioned to my girlfriend once that I'd like to try one so she got me one for Christmas this year. I started the kit on Dec 26th and pulled the first mushrooms today. It was really fun to watch them grow and it takes no effort except misting them a couple of times a day.

They definitely taste better than any store bought ones I've ever had.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 15, 2014 03:07PM)
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On 2014-01-14 14:56, Marlin1894 wrote:
They are just white button mushroom, not the true "magic" kind.
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Yes...heh heh. I can't say anything. I'll get banned. :eek:

Doug
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jan 16, 2014 09:09PM)
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On 2014-01-14 15:58, Mary Mowder wrote:
I've always wanted to grow mushrooms, (even after reading Ray Bradbury's Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!).

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I think I saw the Alfred Hitchcock Presents version of that story with Bill Mumy as the "creepy kid" (again!)
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 16, 2014 09:27PM)
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On 2014-01-15 16:07, Dougini wrote:
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On 2014-01-14 14:56, Marlin1894 wrote:
They are just white button mushroom, not the true "magic" kind.
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Yes...heh heh. I can't say anything. I'll get banned. :eek:

Doug
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Ain't it the truth? But I was thinking the same thing. Inspired by Carlos Castenda's Don Juan, I once had some memorable moments with shrooms, bit I'm not sure if they really happened or not.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 16, 2014 10:18PM)
My Dad did this quite a bit in the eighties in our backyard.

Not button mushrooms though but they were delicious. ;)
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 17, 2014 02:10PM)
One thing I should caution folks...don't go pickin' wild mushrooms! Lemme tell ya folks, some uncurable deadly ones lurk out there. They look innocent. But even the mild ones (like psilocybin) can make you so sick...ugh.

So unless you are an expert, or buy spores from a reputable source, stay away! The fresh buttons are good. As are the Puffball. Oyster and Straw 'shrooms are fantastic if you have the grow media. I particularly like Wood Ear and Tree Fungus varieties. Usually you only find them dried.

I'm told to be careful with Morels. I love the ones ya buy in the store. Don't know what the deal is. OK, that one, I'll steer clear from. Hey, what are these Chinese Mushrooms called:

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I use these in EVERYTHING! They are EPIC in Stroganoff, as well as just adding to Ramen. Ya get 'em at your favorite Chinese/Thai/Southeast Asian Grocery. They're dried. Ya pour boiling water on them and let 'em sit half an hour. Good? [i]You[/i] try 'em. You tell [i]me![/i] ;)

Doug
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 17, 2014 02:17PM)
Importation of garden plants has brought numerous spores from far-away lands into our soils. Even experts are taken by surprise.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jan 17, 2014 02:22PM)
We buy regular button mushrooms from Costco.

We put them in a paper bag with a paper towel in the bag in the refrigerator. Just shift the bag a bit to mix 'em up a bit every few days.

The mushrooms will dry out over time. The flavors really do concentrate.

At some point in the process it may smell a little strong, like a slightly fishy smell, don't worry. Mushrooms have an umami flavor and that is the smell of that flavor concentrating.

When fully dried these can be crumbled into all sorts of foods to good effect.

This might be helpful if you get a lot of mushrooms at once.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 24, 2014 08:10PM)
Would you grow your own?
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Jan 25, 2014 01:25AM)
I'd like to try what Marlin did, just for fun. Nothing like growing your own stuff. I'm a mushroom fan. I love 'em all. Sauteed mostly, but also in other dishes. One of my favorites is the enoke. But like I said, I love 'em all.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Jan 25, 2014 08:57AM)
I bought a kit and tried this once. All I got for my effort was a house full of little gnats...
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jan 25, 2014 02:27PM)
I'd love to.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2014 06:06PM)
The mushrooms are still growing like gangbusters. The second batch was almost three times as large as the first, and the third batch is almost ready to harvest. The first two batches amounted to just under three pounds of mushrooms after they were trimmed and cleaned.

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Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Jan 27, 2014 06:25PM)
Marlin, where are you cultivating these; garage, basement? Temperatures necessary? Do you have the gnat problem mentioned above? I'd really like to give this a try.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 27, 2014 06:28PM)
The World’s Top 10 Most Amazing Mushrooms

http://theverybesttop10.com/2013/01/09/most-amazing-mushrooms/

Wonderful!
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jan 27, 2014 06:39PM)
Awesome!
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Feb 3, 2014 06:50PM)
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On 2014-01-27 19:28, tommy wrote:
The World’s Top 10 Most Amazing Mushrooms

http://theverybesttop10.com/2013/01/09/most-amazing-mushrooms/

Wonderful!


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Thanks,very interesting.
Message: Posted by: balducci (Feb 3, 2014 06:54PM)
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On 2014-01-27 19:06, Marlin1894 wrote:

The mushrooms are still growing like gangbusters. The second batch was almost three times as large as the first, and the third batch is almost ready to harvest.
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How many crops do you get out of one bag / kit? And how much does a kit cost?

I'd love to try this but I have never seen the kits in these parts. Mind you, I have not been to a garden center in a long time either.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Feb 4, 2014 07:59AM)
So far I've gotten 3 crops (Or flushes as they call them) which has amounted to just over 3-1/2 pounds of mushrooms after they were trimmed and cleaned. I will probably get a few more mushrooms but it looks like the kit is starting to peter out. They say 3-5 flushes is the average. The kit cost 20 dollars.

They are available through the mail but I'm not sure the cost of shipping. Your local garden center may carry them but it's usually a seasonal item.