The successful cultivation of magic truffles and magic mushrooms is only half the story; they need to be stored so carefully if they’re to retain their power!
Storing magic truffles and magic mushrooms can be quite difficult if you don’t know how to do it correctly. It’s very easy to damage them, reduce their effectiveness, or expose them to decay. Therefore, knowing how to store them safely is essential for any novice psychonaut.
STORING FRESH TRUFFLES AND MAGIC MUSHROOMS
Storing fresh truffles and magic mushrooms may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. While you’ve probably heard many suggestions and recommendations for storing them, it’s simple. Fresh, unopened truffles can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. However, if you want to dry them for consumption, they can be kept for more than a year after drying.
Mushrooms are slightly different because if they are picked fresh, they can be kept in the fridge for only a few days. If you dry them well, they will keep them for almost a year. Just make sure you store your mushrooms and truffles properly, and they’ll always be ready when you need them. Simple as pie.
DRYING MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLES FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE
If you need a very long term storage solution, dry your magic mushrooms and truffles and store them in a cool, dark and dry place for 2-3 years (or possibly longer). The only risks are insect infestation and potential loss of potency due to exposure to light, humidity and heat. This works because without their moisture content, and the fungi stop decomposing.
No heat source should be used to dry truffles and magic mushrooms for storage. This is a common mistake, and some people often use heat to speed up the process. However, the active compounds in magic mushrooms can be quite sensitive to prolonged exposure to heat, which can destroy them and reduce efficiency.
The process of drying magic mushrooms starts with a pre-drying step to remove excess moisture, followed by the main drying step using a desiccator. This removes all available moisture, and the mushrooms and truffles are ready for long-term storage.
FREEZING OF MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLES
If simple drying is not enough (although it usually is), you can go a little further and freeze your mushrooms and truffles. Follow the tips below and read our guide to thorough drying. Truffles and mushrooms must be completely dry before freezing. Once dry, place them in an airtight plastic bag and put them in the freezer. Frozen truffles and mushrooms will keep almost indefinitely.
IMPORTANT: never freeze fresh truffles and mushrooms as this will destroy the structure of the inner cell membranes and greatly reduce their potency.
And there you go! Now you know how to properly store truffles and magic mushrooms to preserve their integrity and have them ready for use when you need them.