Mushrooms are very popular fungi that people love to put in a wide variety of recipes. There are a large number of mushroom lovers all over the world because mushrooms work well in a wide variety of cuisines. If you are someone who enjoys mushrooms, then you know how difficult it can be sometimes to find the mushrooms that you love at your local grocery store. Many varieties are hard to come by because they cannot be commercially grown, so they will only appear at your local farmer’s market or grocery store when they have been brought by a small, independent grower. Even the more popular types of mushrooms can often be picked over at your store. If you want to always have a steady supply of your favorite fresh mushrooms, growing them yourself in hydrogen peroxide may be your best bet.
What You Will Need
In order to grow mushrooms in hydrogen peroxide, you will need a number of items. These items include:
- Mushroom spawn
- Spray bottle with water
- Large, clear plastic bag (should be able to hold up to 4 gallons of water and can handle boiling hot water)
- Wood pellets (commonly used in stoves)
- 2 pots (medium sized)
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
- Dried, non-fat milk
- Hydrated lime
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- Place 1 quart of the wood stove pellets into the clear plastic bag.
- Take each of the pots and place on a burner. Boil 3 ½ cups of water in each of the pots. Take one of the pots and pour the entire 3 ½ cups of boiling water into the bag with the pellets. Carefully close the bag and allow it to cool completely. The pellets will then begin to expand.
- Measure out 3 tablespoons of the dried, non-fat milk, and add to the bag of pellets and water. Add 1 tablespoon of the hydrated lime as well. Cool the second pot of boiled water and add 2 carefully measured tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to it.
- Pour the water and hydrogen peroxide into the bag with the pellets. Let the pellet bag cool completely.
- Once cooled, add the mushroom spawn into the bag with the pellets, water and other ingredients. Mix carefully, and then seal the bag with a twist tie. Place the bag into a pan and then store this pan in a very dark and cool room.
- Now you will need to wait for two weeks. After the two week time period is up, you will want to move the bag to a dimly lit area. Soon, you should notice mushroom heads starting to appear in the pellets. Once you do, open the bag and continue to keep it open so that air can circulate freely.
- Spray the mushroom, pellet and hydrogen peroxide mix every day with a little bit of water. Once the mushrooms have reached their full size, you can harvest them. You will know they are ready because the caps have begun to separate freely from the stems.
It may not be the easiest process in the world, but with a little practice, growing mushrooms in hydrogen peroxide will become much simpler and you will have mushrooms anytime you want them.