Thought i would throw this out there. Mushrooms have always been a side dish in the human diet, yet it is clear that they are easy to grow in abundance as well and do not demand open fields and an excess of feed.
Cooking down a pound of mushrooms every meal is a working food option that needs to be entertained. tossing a leftover piece of meat on top to warm up adds to it all as well and stretches the meat.
This item shows us that growing a supply in a closet ro closed bin or almost any storage area is completely practical. We just have been slow to do it..
Today, mushroom variety has been exploding on the store shelves as well and it has become easier to experiment and take this on.
Food supply 101: How to grow edible mushrooms in your basement
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by: Virgilio Marin
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(Natural News) Growing edible mushrooms at home gives you the advantage of having a mushroom supply all year round. Ranging in taste from sweet to nutty, mushrooms are versatile ingredients that bring a delicious umami flavor to dishes. They are usually added to soups, pasta, salads and other savory dishes or dried as a snack.
Though they are technically a type of fungi, mushrooms have a plant-like form and are as nutritious as many fruits and vegetables. There are many types of mushrooms, some of which are edible, like oysters, lion mane, porcini, button and shiitake mushrooms. Some, however, are poisonous.
Growing edible mushrooms in your basement
Edible mushrooms are grown from tiny spores that rely on substances like sawdust, grain, straw or wood chips for nourishment. Dealers typically mix these spores with sterilized water and nutrient solution containing ingredients like sugar and raw honey. This mixture is called a “spawn” and is usually packaged inside a syringe.
The spawn can grow into a mushroom by itself, but it thrives better when applied to a growing medium. Growers typically use grains like millet and rye to boost the fungi’s growth. These “grain spawns” are rich in nitrogen needed by mushrooms. (Related: Prepper medicine: The golden chanterelle mushroom hastens wound healing.)
Using Mason jars to grow edible mushrooms
One method of growing mushrooms is to use enclosed containers like Mason jars. This better replicates the moist, cool conditions necessary for the fungi’s growth. For this method, you’ll need the following items:
Spawn (in a syringe)
1-liter Mason jars, 5 for each syringe
Plastic bags, 1 for each jar
Straw mulch, chopped
Here’s how to grow edible mushroom in your basement: (h/t to AskAPrepper.com)
Add grain spawn to a separate bucket.
Soak the millet in water. Pour boiling water and cover the bucket. Let the grain spawn soak for a day and then drain the millet. Fill the jars two-thirds to three-fourths full with the soaked millet.
Drill three holes into the lid. Cover one hole with a rubber stopper so you can inject the spawn without opening the lid later on. Cover two holes with medical tape, then wrap the top of the lid with tin foil.
Put the jars in a pressure cooker for an hour to kill any bacteria inside. Then let it cool in the pressure cooker.
Heat the needle on your spore syringe until it becomes red and allow it to cool. This kills all of the germs.
Inject up to 2 millimeters of the solution into one jar via the rubber port.
Store it in a dark, warm spot in your basement for 2 to 3 weeks. Do not open the lid during this time.
Check for mycelium — the white, thread-like body of budding mushrooms. When the jars become full of mycelium, prepare to transfer their content to the plastic bags.
Take some chopped straw mulch and soak it in lime water with hydrated lime for a day. The lime will drastically increase the pH of the water and kill bacteria and other contaminants.
Drain the straw and mix with the mushroom spawns in a plastic bag. Store the bags in a dark, warm, well-ventilated area for 2 to 3 weeks.
Check for mycelium. When you see mycelial growth, cut small holes 2 to 3 inches apart. Hang your bags in a humid greenhouse. Your bags are ready to fruit and no longer need to be kept warm.
It usually takes 3 to 4 days for mushrooms to grow. When the edges of the caps begin to turn upward, you can begin harvesting them.
Mushrooms are delicious and nutritious foods that can be used for a wide variety of dishes. Start growing edible mushrooms at home to secure a year-round food supply.