homesteading: grow mushrooms

Survival Mushrooms
Grow your own mushrooms for survival!

In ancient Egyptian times, only royalty were allowed to eat
mushrooms. Indeed mushroom are an important source of protein
when there is no meat and a total luxury. While edible fungi are
a low calorie food, they can provide an important source of B
vitamins and potassium too.

When Shitaki hits the fan, you'll have everything you need to
grow your own mushrooms if you prepare now! Growing
mushrooms can be as easy as these three simple steps: open
box, mist with water, harvest the crop. Below are our favorite
mushroom kits for preppers.

Grow your own mushrooms

Here are some fun mushrooms preppers can grow:

Fungi have a high water content, making them an ideal candidate
for dehydrating, so grow and harvest all you can in autumn and
fall to add to your food stores. When you're ready to cook them,
you can soak them to allow mushrooms to regain much of their
original texture. They are ideal for soups and stews!

  • Portabella-Crimini Mushroom Kit: The Portabella
    mushroom, when harvested young in the button stage, is
    called a Crimini; while harvested as a mature mushroom,
    with the gills exposed, it is called a Portabella. Portabella
    mushrooms are meaty and can grow from 3-4" across to as
    large as 5" in diameter. The Portabella-Crimini Mushroom
    kit, pictured top left, grows several crops of this delicious
    mushroom. The first two crops are usually very large
    completely filling the box with mushrooms. The third crop is
    fairly big as well. The subsequent crops after that get
    smaller fruiting in clusters and lesser amounts, until the
    mushrooms finally stop. Have fun and grow your own.

  • Shitaki Mushroom Kit: Imagine harvesting hearty Shitaki
    mushrooms in two-week intervals for up to 16 weeks. A 50-
    80° F environment is best for cultivation. Certified Organic,
    the Shitaki Mushroom Kit will produce 2-3 pounds of
    mushrooms. Each Mushroom Growing Kit, pictured at the top
    of the page, consists of pure mushroom mycelium growing
    on a sterilized medium, or substrate. It's fun, satisfying and
    easy to grow.

  • White Button Mushroom Kit: White button mushrooms are
    firm, sweet mushrooms that are delicious raw. Slice them
    into salads or serve with vegetable dip or serve sauted in
    butter. One box of white button mushrooms, pictured top at
    the center of the page, will produce a crop every 2 weeks for
    up to 3 months. (Please start growing within 2 weeks of
    delivery.)

  • Oyster Mushroom Kit. The Oyster Mushroom Growing
    Garden Kit from Back to the Roots, includes everything you
    need to grow and harvest mushrooms in as few as 10 days.
    It's super easy and has just three steps: open box, mist
    with water, harvest the crop. This mushroom kit even
    contains recycled coffee grounds for soil, pearl oyster
    mushroom spawn (seed), and spray mister. You'll be
    delighted to harvest up to 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms
    per box.

Learn how to grow mushrooms the easy way with a mushroom
kit! You might even learn to profit from your hobby. Dehydrated
and freeze dried mushrooms are another option to liven up your
food storage. While freeze dried mushrooms have a 25 year shelf
life, you'll find that dried mushrooms have a shorter span (1-5
years). They are a wonderful everyday way to add a hearty and
flavorful addition to your meals.

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms? Stop!
In the wild, mushrooms are foraging food source that is
"borderline suicidal!" according to
Hawke's Special Forces Survival
Handbook. In the book, Hawke points out that mushrooms have
very little nutritional value, and for this reason the energy
invested and danger involved make them a food to avoid in the
wild.

That doesn't mean mushrooms aren't useful in a survival
situation! In fact, Hawke recommends mushrooms, not for
eating, but for fire building. The puffball mushroom, he says, can
be a source of tinder for fire starting as it is a dry powdery plant.
It may be impossible to know all about mushrooms, in such
cases consult a mushroom encyclopedia and study the
illustrations and pictures well. When in doubt: throw it out!
Mushrooms can be deadly.


Happy Endings...

Unusual Uses of Mushrooms:
You'll find many good uses of fungi instead of eating them:
  1. Tinder source! If you're in doubt about a mushroom, use it
    as tinder. Bracket fungi will smoulder for hours.
  2. Treating burns. Look for tree fungi, which are rich in tannin
    and thus an excellent topical treatment application to
    soothe burns.
  3. Stopping bleeding. The Giant puffball fungi is styptic, which
    means it is capable of soothing wounds. They have an
    amazing anti hemorrhagic agent that contracts tissue and
    thereby seals injured blood vessels.


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