Want to take the trip of a lifetime but can’t stand the taste of magic mushrooms? If so, this article is for you! Learn all about the basics of cooking with mushrooms and spice up your recipes like never before.
The psychedelic effects of magic mushrooms have always been highly sought after, but their taste can put off even the most stubborn eaters. This is why psychonauts have long been experimenting with different consumption methods, for example, by adding magic mushrooms to various foods or making a magic tea.
We will come back to some of the recipes in later articles and explain them in more detail. But in the meantime, this article aims to provide some important information about cooking with magic mushrooms and what to keep in mind. We also offer some useful tips that you can use for most recipes.
Get ready to spice up your next meal!
CAN I USE MAGIC MUSHROOMS FOR COOKING?
The short answer is yes! Depending on the recipe, magic mushrooms can be prepared in different ways to match all kinds of delicious and unique dishes. However, there are a few golden rules that you should follow, no matter which recipe you use.
THE GOLDEN RULES OF COOKING WITH MAGIC MUSHROOMS
First of all, magic mushrooms always work best when eaten on an empty stomach. You have to get used to them first. The effects will probably be (partially) weakened if the mushrooms are ingested with food, but this is compensated by the removal of the pungent, metallic taste of magic mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms do not like heat. Psilocybin breaks down at temperatures above 200°C, so you should not exceed this temperature when cooking. If you do, you will waste a lot of your psychoactive abundance. In this sense, the less heat your magic mushrooms are exposed to, the better.
Even if you’re making tea, it’s a good idea to let the kettle sit for a few minutes after boiling before adding the mushrooms to the water. Of course, you want the water to be hot enough to make tea, but not at the expense of the potency of your mushrooms. For this reason, it is also a good idea to add the mushrooms towards the end of the cooking process if you are planning to prepare a high heat meal.
Even if a recipe calls for rehydrating your mushrooms, do so in lukewarm water for 20-30 minutes and do not boil them. Start by bringing water (or stock) to a boil. Then remove the pot from the cooker and let it cool for a few minutes. You can now add your magic mushrooms and let them infuse the liquid.
Finally, cooking magic mushrooms has the potential to alter not only their strength, but also the digestion process. This is why some psychedelic cooks think it is a good idea to combine mushrooms with lipids (fats) in a recipe. For example, a good starting point could be to make magic mushroom brownies. You can bake this fatty treat at a fairly low temperature for longer than usual. The result will be delicious and will show no trace of the real taste of the mushrooms!
COLD PREPARATION OF MAGIC MUSHROOMS
The first is to combine the mushrooms with fresh fruit. The sweetness of strawberries, blueberries, bananas and any other fruit will delight your taste buds and largely mask the bad taste of mushrooms without having to cook them.
Another solution is to soak the mushrooms in honey. We are referring to the famous “blue honey”. Although it takes longer to prepare, this method has the advantage that you can keep your mushrooms for a few years without them spoiling.
And finally, of course, we must not forget Lemon Tek, which is known to enhance the effects of magic mushrooms. Basically, it’s a lemonade that uses the acidity of lemons to speed up the conversion of psilocybin to psilocin – just like the acidic environment of your stomach.
THE RIGHT DOSAGE
Unfortunately, there is no single dose of magic mushrooms that is suitable for all users. On the contrary, several factors can influence the amount of mushrooms you may need for cooking. The type of magic mushroom you choose, your experience, weight, metabolism, state of mind, physical health, and heat will all contribute to the final effect. Therefore, you should experiment carefully and go slowly and calmly. Remember that the dose should always be adapted to your body weight, whether you consume the mushrooms raw or cooked.
If you are not too familiar with magic mushrooms, you should not use more than 1 to 2 g of dried mushrooms per “portion”. Also, always wait at least 1 to 2 hours to observe the effects before adding them.
Even if you add magic mushrooms to your dish, you should always make sure that the setting and décor are appropriate. This means that you should be calm and relaxed in a pleasantly quiet and comfortable place. It is also a good idea to have a trip sitter with you.
And there you have it, an introductory guide to cooking magic mushrooms. Now go out and get ready to make some delicious mushroom recipes.