Is this a good storage method?
Posted 28 April 2005 - 08:30 PM
Posted 28 April 2005 - 08:41 PM
Posted 28 April 2005 - 08:44 PM
Posted 28 April 2005 - 09:34 PM
Posted 28 April 2005 - 09:38 PM
Otherwise, do what you are doing but keep them hidden in a dark place (good idea to stealthify your stash anyway.)
Good luck. :D
Oh heck...here let me get some pix...
Pic 1: This is a Foodsaver vacuum sealer. The black lines are rubber seals for the vacuum channel. The greyish white line under it is the impulse heat strip that will warm up just enough to "melt" or weld two pieces of foodsaver bag together. Also will reseal potato chip bags if done carefully...;)
Pic 2: Here is the same unit closed, and with the vacuum hose attachment. It will fit the special vacuum jar (shown) and the normal wide mouth canning jars (also shown) with the attachment that goes over the widemouth jar...as shown in...
Pic 3: Just use a normal metal lid and this baby will suck the extra air out of the jar.
Pic 4: And when you wanna get into the contents...say some freshies that have been keeping nicely for a couple weeks...just put some pressure with a spoon on the lid. Be gentle and they are reusable many many times.
Posted 28 April 2005 - 10:09 PM
Hmm lots of conflicting feedback from different people. Some folks at the shroomery said they can last potent for 5+ years at room temperature, is that possible?
Posted 28 April 2005 - 10:24 PM
Posted 28 April 2005 - 11:24 PM
Doesn't a spoon bend the lid since you are lifting with a real thin edge?
Posted 29 April 2005 - 12:06 AM
Int...the bag for freshies is kind of a waste of bag. Likely needs to be used within three weeks or it starts getting a bit slimey. At least it does in the jar. I wouldn't worry about crushing as that should not matter at all.
Shobi...knife, spoon, whatever...i've not had any trouble with it. Seems to pop the vacuum easy enough and haven't had any problem resealing, even after bending it with super-monkey force one time by accident.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 04:34 AM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:09 AM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:30 AM
IME....dry powdered mush lost about 25% potency stored in a glass jar at room temp for 3 months at normal air pressure...Now i pack tight into 1/4pint jars and freeze...I'm sure that removing the O2 would extend their life considerably at room temp...there are oxeygen absorbing capsules out there but never tried em...
I am curious how you quantified the loss at 25%
Posted 29 April 2005 - 07:42 AM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 07:53 AM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 08:15 AM
storing fresh mushies under a vacuum leads to problems - this was discussed in a previous thread a short while ago which offered a link which warned that certain strains of botulism will grow under a vacuum with fresh mushies. can somebody help find that link? unable to find it.
Yes here is the thread
link to pdf explaining why you shouldn't vacuum pack fresh mushrooms
Posted 29 April 2005 - 10:48 AM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 11:58 AM
1) They must stay dry, and
2) Don't let them get too hot
A buddy of mine took some capsulated ones that had been stored at room temp for over a year, and they had no noticable loss in potency.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 12:39 PM
Never store fresh mushrooms. A cracker dry mushroom will last for a while vacuum sealed.
The only reason I ever (and rarely) save freshies in a vacuum jar...is if I want to have enough from a slow flush for a fresh trip for me and whoever else is journeying. And never for more than two weeks, for safety sake. I said three weeks above but really two is a better idea, in the fridge, in a vacuum sealed jar.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 03:48 PM