Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997
From: Hara Ra <harara@shamanics.com>
Organization: shamanics.com
Subject: Re: Shroom preservation methods

> From: cowboy@jax-inter.net
> Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997
> Organization: Legion of Freedom
> Subject: Shroom preservation methods
>
> I find your methods to preserve psilocybe mushrooms way flawed.
> First of all if you use any heat even just a little it breaks down the
> hallucinogenic compunds (psilocin and psilocybin).

Not as much as you might think. The reactivity of chemicals doubles every 10 degrees centigrade. Room temperature of 70 degrees means 100 degrees is about 3x the reaction rate. We know room temp shrooms last several months, so 100 degree shrooms should last several weeks. Since drying takes at most a day, the loss isn't significant. After all, once dry, they go into the freezer.

> Secondly by freezing them in the freezer it is further breaking down the compounds.

Freezing foods breaks down foods due to ice crystal formation breaking cell membranes. When thawed, the contents of the cells mingle with the exocellular fluids and various reactions occur. This vanishes when the item being frozen is already dry. Freezing slows down any other breakdown reactions by the factor mentioned above. A 40 degree centigrade cooldown is a factor of 16 in lessened reaction rate.

> It is amazing you get any potency left after this abuse.

Shrooms preserved in the manner I describe were kept in the freezer for more than 3 years, and had full potency when used. Kinda good abuse here.

> There are 3 methods for saving mushrooms that will protect your shrooms
> and save the potency for upto 2 years

> 1) Dry them in natural room temp on a bookshelf. It takes 24-48 hours and
> once complete you can put them in a paper bag in the crisper in your
> refrigerator just like ambrosia.

8 months is typical, not 2 years for this method.

> 2) Put them whole and fresh in a jar full of honey.
> Honey keeps forever, is impervious to air and water and makes them taste
> good.

They may last a long time, but temperature dependent reactions will still happen. Same principle, prevention of oxidation.

> 3) Use a dessicant in a method described several places on the net.
> Although the other two are the simplest and easiest you may choose to
> use this also (why I don't know).

Sure, they dry faster. Go to a marine supply and get the dessicant used for keeping bilges dry. Cheap, fast, a little bit messy.

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