Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Growing Portabella Mushrooms

I've noticed mushroom growing kits in catalogues and online for a few years now. 'The Gurlyfriend' Sue bought me one for my birthday, a portabella mushroom kit, that she got through Harris Seeds, http://www.harrisseeds.com/ It took several weeks for it to arrive, but Harris farms these out to another company.

It comes in a box, apparently it is sterilized manure, and with a bag of inoculated medium.

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The first step was to open the box, and arrange the medium on top of the soil in the box. Then it was kept in a dark area for a week. After a week, you form a tent with an enclosed bag that has holes for air in it. You wait for at least a week, misting/spraying it every other day with water. Then little pinheads of portas start to appear.

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These go quickly, about 4-5 days or so, from pinheads to large mushrooms.

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They really tasted good sauteed and on top of a NY strip

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Time will tell if this is worth the money or not, but either way it is a lot of fun.

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