May 28, 2008 at 4:15 am #344826AnjaMember
I’m sure you could just use a large pot like I do for preserving pet :shrug:
You preserve pets?May 28, 2008 at 4:16 am #344827Comfortable HippyMember
thats not right.May 28, 2008 at 4:24 am #344828toosusieMember
No pet. I preserve my fruit and veges though 😆 But I love me dog so much I’m considering preserving him when the time comes and I can’t bare parting with him :jawdrop:May 28, 2008 at 4:32 am #344829
A pressure cooker isn’t essential, but I recommend them for a couple of reasons. The temperatures you can reach with a PC are higher than without one, reducing the time it takes to cook food or mushroom substrate, thereby saving energy.
You can pick up a new one these days for $80 or less, stainless steel.
And they double as food preservers.
Lots of people grow mushrooms without a PC-you can use an oven, a big pot, a microwave, a uv lamp…some people use hydrogen peroxide.
Basically you want to eliminate competition to give the mushroom mycelium a head start. This is most important when multiplying spawn, so we try and sterilize our substrate.
When moving on to to a fruiting substrate, we only need to pasteurize, and this can be achieved with hot water at less than boiling temps, or with hydrated lime to increase pH, or even with grey water from your laundry using “Aware” washing detergent!May 28, 2008 at 5:03 am #344830TullymoorMember
OK, I’m still in then 😀 I have an oven :clap:
I can’t buy a pressure cooker, I’m saving for a boy kiddy goat 😀May 28, 2008 at 5:05 am #344831TullymoorMember
:lol::lol::lol: @ Annie, ya wacker!May 28, 2008 at 5:43 am #344832mamberMember
I’d really be interested in this too please worowa.
AmberMay 28, 2008 at 7:50 am #344833MareeSchurmannMember
Me too! Please!July 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm #344834
Wow, it’s been over a month-everything seems to slow down in winter.
I’ve been taking more photos, and trying to get a website together…wont be long now.
Those mushrooms in the pics, well after eating half a dozen from that block, I crumbled it up and mixed it with some woodchips that I had placed in a trench in the vege garden…and they’re already giving us more mushrooms…I’ll take some more pics when they’re a bit bigger.
And I’ve been harvesting Tree Oysters from a mix of left over porridge, used cooking oil, egg shells, sprouts that had past their prime, and dregs from coffee and herbal teas. These guys will eat almost anything, with a minimum of fuss.July 7, 2008 at 12:11 am #344835mamberMember
Can’t wait for the website worowa :tup:July 7, 2008 at 1:51 am #344836vickiMember
Yeh,me too looking forward to the website. What size pressure cooker do you use? Have had a look but wasn’t sure if it was a case of the bigger the better.
VickiJuly 7, 2008 at 10:05 am #344837starrubyMember
My hand is up too! being a vegetarian I eat heaps of mushrooms , probably would even if I wasn’t I love them :D. I need real simple instructions though- everything Ive read just sounds too technical.
SandraJuly 7, 2008 at 10:14 am #344838musterMember
I am also interested in growing these mushies.July 8, 2008 at 12:22 am #344839
I use a BIG All American Pressure Cooker, but I started with a smaller one of 8L.
Smaller ones will do the job. And they’re great for saving time and energy when you’re cooking.
I wanted to grow LOTS of mushies, and supply others with spawn, so I went for the BIG one, but I suggest starting small-much cheaper, more convenient and versatile.
I’ve been working with a neighbor, new to mushroom growing, to come up with something easy for beginners. They’re getting good results, so I’m confident that if you can brew a beer and/or make preserves, then you’ll find growing mushrooms can be easy.
Most of the highly technical information relates to commercial production, and I’ve broken most of the rules yet still had success. Commercial producers want to guarantee supply, so timing and certainty are important for them. For the home grower it matters little if the harvest is delayed by a month due to temperature fluctuations.July 8, 2008 at 12:26 am #344840
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