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Old 06-28-2015, 10:01 PM   #11
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When you take what they are grown in, I wash them. The mixture is sterilized part dirt and part manure. Mostly dirt. Which doesn't make much sense to me. I would think if it was sterilized, wouldn't the heat of sterilization destroy the bacteria that promote the growth of the mushrooms? But what the heck do I know. I don't grow mushroom. I eat them and happy to do so.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:16 PM   #12
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Here's an interesting page about how mushrooms are grown on a farm. They're typically grown in compost and use decaying organic matter for food. I wouldn't think sterilized soil would work very well.

http://smithmeadows.com/farm/how-are-mushrooms-grown/
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:36 PM   #13
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My sister was taught way back in home ec in high school that you never wash mushrooms, and I'll bet she still dry brushes them. She saw me rinsing some mushrooms once about 25 years ago and chewed me out for making them "slimy", which is what her teacher had told her years earlier. I told her that they were going into a dish that had a water based tomato sauce (chili con carne), and rinsing them wouldn't make a particle of difference in the end result, but she was adamant.

Since no mule ever born has had a stubborn streak deeper than hers, I just shut up.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:42 PM   #14
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Non washer, here.
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:00 AM   #15
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I used to get a catalog from a mushroom growing place, Mushroom Kits - Fungi.com , because we had ordered a couple of their kits years ago. They do grow their mushrooms in a sterilized medium so I would assume other producers do so as well to cut down on any unwanted byproduct or contaminant. The sterilized substrate/growing medium is inoculated with mushroom spawn/culture.
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:00 AM   #16
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I put them into a strainer and I use the sprayer on my sink so they are not sitting in water, them place them on paper towel to absorb any moisture.
Haven't had a problem with them being slimy or too watery.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:13 AM   #17
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Just picked these yesterday.
Grew them myself.
"Elm Mushrooms"
Boiled straw to kill off any bacteria
Inoculated the straw with Mushroom spores
Placed in a large plastic bucket with multiple holes drilled
Placed a plastic bag over it and misted for humidity
3 weeks later, a bunch of mushrooms.

Made a mushroom rice with them for dinner last night .

I did not rinse these ,as I knew exactly what they were grown in, and the way they were grown, it allowed me to slice them off the bucket, they were as cleans as can be.

Others I will wash, but only before i use them
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:16 AM   #18
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THAT'S the way to grow and eat mushrooms!!!!! Great going, Larry!!! Wonderful!
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THAT'S the way to grow and eat mushrooms!!!!! Great going, Larry!!! Wonderful!
Thanks,

I was parading these around the house, showing everyone, as if I was showing off baby pictures or something I couldn't have been any more proud. I have a mushroom garden out back too, but that doesn't seem to be going as well ( or at all ) . But this method was pretty fail proof. can't wait to do it again
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:26 AM   #20
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I used to get a catalog from a mushroom growing place, Mushroom Kits - Fungi.com , because we had ordered a couple of their kits years ago. They do grow their mushrooms in a sterilized medium so I would assume other producers do so as well to cut down on any unwanted byproduct or contaminant. The sterilized substrate/growing medium is inoculated with mushroom spawn/culture.
Yes, I read up on it some more and found that they sterilize, then add back just the good bacteria. Interesting process.
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