Storing magic mushrooms properly is crucial if you wish to preserve their potency. Psilocybin, their main psychoactive component, is sensitive to heat, light, and air. If shrooms are exposed to these factors for an extended time, their potency will significantly reduce, and you’ll either have a suboptimal psychedelic experience or have to increase your dose.
But storage doesn’t just guarantee their potency remains at its optimal levels. Heat and humidity can encourage bacteria and mold growth on your mushrooms, making them unsafe for consumption.
If you're starting a microdosing protocol or have a supply of magic mushrooms, this guide will help you maintain a consistent psychedelic experience.
How Can You Tell If Your Mushrooms Are Spoiled?
If you suspect your mushrooms have gone bad, these are the five signs you should look for to determine if you need to throw them away.
Brown or dark spots on your mushrooms can indicate that they have begun to rot, especially when accompanied by other signs of spoilage. Some strains have different color bruises, but you’ll generally be able to tell that something might be off with a glance.
Mushrooms in poor condition may be covered with a slimy coating, indicating their compounds are decomposing. Some mushrooms have slimy textures even when fresh, so check for other signs before making a rash decision.
While mushrooms aren't known for their pleasant aromas, an exceptionally foul smell typically signals decay. Like with most of the signs on this list, carefully inspect your mushrooms before discarding them, as some strains naturally produce unique odors.
Change in texture
Fresh, healthy mushrooms are firm and slightly spongy. If a mushroom loses its firmness and becomes excessively squishy, it's probably time to discard it. Otherwise, you risk experiencing an agitated stomach, which is no fun.
If mold has begun to develop on your mushrooms, they are beyond saving. While you could trim off their moldy part if it's on a specific spot, the mold’s spores may have already dispersed into the rest of the mushroom. Ingesting mold poses a severe risk and could lead to hospitalization.
How Long Do Shrooms Stay Potent?
The preservation of magic mushroom potency is significantly influenced by the storage methods. Fresh shrooms are best consumed shortly after foraging or purchasing them to maintain their peak quality. If storage is necessary, keeping them intact in the refrigerator can extend their freshness and potency for approximately one week.
In contrast, dried shrooms boast an extended shelf life, potentially lasting for several years when stored correctly. Typically, psilocybin mushrooms are dried post-harvest to prevent spoilage. To maintain their potency, it is essential to store them in an airtight container within a cool, dry environment. Exposure to moisture, heat, or light can degrade the psilocybin content over time.
While dried magic mushrooms can endure for years, it's important to acknowledge that their potency may gradually diminish. For optimal results, it's recommended to consume them within one to two years of purchase to ensure the highest potency and an optimal psychedelic journey.
The general rule of thumb to safeguard the potency of psychedelic mushrooms is to store them in an airtight container within a cool, dry location, free from moisture and light exposure.
How to Properly Store Your Shrooms
Storing psilocybin mushrooms correctly can help preserve their potency, flavor, and freshness. If you store your magic mushrooms improperly, you will reduce their potency and may even cause them to spoil too soon. With proper storage, your shrooms can last for several months to years without losing their potency or going bad. Fresh psilocybin mushrooms should be stored in paper or perforated plastic. If you decide to simply put them in the fridge, it is recommended to keep them no longer than a few of days.
If you want to preserve your shrooms for longer because you want to start a microdosing regimen, drying them or making them into powder will give them a longer shelf life. Beginners who want to explore different microdosing protocols may visit Psychedelic Spotlight's Beginners Guide to 6 Effective Microdosing Protocols. Remember – always keep shrooms out of reach of children and pets, and when in doubt, toss them out.
Here are some valuable tips to keep your shrooms fresh and effective:
- Thoroughly dry your mushrooms before storing them. Remember, moisture can lead to mold growth and reduce their shelf life.
- Store your shrooms in cool, dark places to prevent degradation and bacterial growth. Avoid areas with fluctuating temperatures.
- Use airtight containers like mason jars or vacuum-sealed bags to keep oxygen out and maintain potency.
- Avoid plastic bags as they are not completely airtight and can let in light, causing faster degradation.
- Refrain from storing dried shrooms in the fridge or freezer, as these environments are too moist. Fresh mushrooms can be stored in the fridge for a short period.
- Label your containers with the date of storage to keep track and prevent consuming stale or spoiled mushrooms.
- Regularly inspect your mushrooms for signs of spoilage such as mold, discoloration, or a bad smell. When in doubt, dispose of questionable shrooms.
By following these tips, you can maximize the shelf life of your magic mushrooms, ensuring they remain potent and safe for consumption over time.
How to Store Fresh Magic Mushrooms
Fresh mushrooms typically have a much shorter shelf life than dried ones, lasting only a few days instead of months. Mushrooms are really delicate and highly perishable. They don't have a protective layer, so they can quickly lose quality. Think moisture loss, color changes, texture changes, and even microbial deterioration. Not to mention, they lose nutrients and flavor too. It's no wonder their shelf life is only 1-3 days at room temperature or 5-7 days when refrigerated. And get this, for every hour mushrooms are left out, it's like shaving off eight hours from their overall shelf life. In other words, make sure to put them in the fridge as soon as possible to avoid spoilage.
Here's how you can take some measures to ensure fresh shrooms last as long as possible.
Clean your mushrooms
Begin by gently cleaning them with a paper towel, avoiding water as much as possible. Their sponge-like texture tends to trap moisture. If they become soaked during cleaning or were moist beforehand, pat them dry with more paper towels.
Once they are dry, wrap them in a porous material such as a cloth or a paper bag, as their breathability prevents moisture from building up, which can happen if you use a plastic container instead.
Refrigerate the mushrooms
Once the mushrooms are dry and placed in a paper bag or cloth, they are ready to refrigerate. Fresh shrooms can be stored in the fridge for a few days ( maximum a week)for up to a week.
Check your mushrooms regularly
Don’t just chuck your shrooms in the fridge. Check them regularly to ensure they are still dry and haven’t developed any mold. Also, check their texture. Sliminess or excessive softness can be indicators of spoiled mushrooms. Whole mushrooms can last up to ten days, while sliced mushrooms have a shorter shelf life, so consider keeping them intact.
Can You Freeze Your Magic Mushrooms?
Yes and no. There seems to be contradicting evidence. According to some anecdotal reports and a study by Oregon University titled Stability of psilocybin and its four analogs in the biomass of the
psychotropic mushroom Psilocybe cubensis, freezing your shrooms will cause degradation in psilocybin potency. Others say that this is one of the best methods to store your shrooms for a long time.
It is however imperative to avoid freezing fresh shrooms. Freezing fresh mushrooms can degrade their active compounds and ruin their texture because the water inside them will freeze and destroy their cells. The optimal storage temperature for fresh edible mushrooms is typically around 4 °C. It's important to avoid temperatures below 0 °C as it can lead to cold damage. Additionally, temperature can impact enzyme activity and subsequently affect the spoilage of mushrooms.
If you decide to freeze your shrooms, you should dry them completely before you store them in the freezer, otherwise you'll diminish their potency. Once your shrooms are dried, the best way to store them in the freezer is to use a vacuum sealer. This will seal the dried psilocybin mushrooms airtight and avoid moisture which could preserve them indefinitely. However, once you open the sealed bag, you may not be able to properly reseal it, which could lead to spoilage as moisture gets through.
How to Store Dried Magic Mushrooms
Dried mushrooms have an impressive shelf life, requiring minimal precautions to maximize their longevity. When shrooms are dried they can maintain their potency for several years (2-3) when stored in an airtight environment, protected from heat, light, and moisture. If the container is properly sealed, this will protect the mushrooms from spoilage, insect infestation and loss of potency. We suggest using a glass jar as plastic allows air to enter more quickly. If dried, your shrooms won't decompose and could be later used to make lemon tek, mushroom tea or microdosing capsules.
Here are the items you will need:
- A clean mason jar with lid
- Packets of food-grade silica (the desiccant)
- A fan
- A soft absorbent kitchen towel or flour sack towel
- A wire rack or large sheet pan
- A soft brush
- Disposable gloves, such as surgical gloves.
Make Sure They Are Dry Enough
The key factor is ensuring your mushrooms are dry enough to snap their stems easily when bent. Likewise, their caps should crumble easily under pressure. If this isn't the case, it could slow the growth of bacteria and mold, shortening their shelf life.
Store in a Cool, Dark Place
Once you have ensured your mushrooms are dehydrated, store them in a cool, dark place inside an airtight container such as a mason jar or a Tupperware with a tight lid.
Use Desiccant Packs
You can include a desiccant pack, like silica gel, for added safety. However, ensure it's placed inside a bag to avoid direct contact with the mushrooms. A cloth bag with dry, uncooked rice is a natural alternative, but the rice must be fully dry to be effective.
Following these instructions precisely, your dried mushrooms will remain dry for years. However, any mistakes in the process could lead to moisture building up in the container, which is the perfect environment for mold growth. You should also inspect the mushrooms periodically for dark spots or color changes.
How to Dry Your Shrooms
There are numerous ways to dry your mushrooms, and you should choose one of the following depending on the results you’re looking for and the equipment you own. Shrooms can be fan dried, air dried, oven dried, or dehydrated.
This is the simplest drying method, requiring only a fan and a clean cloth or wire rack. You must arrange your mushrooms on a surface, allowing airflow, and position a fan to blow air directly at them.
It may take a couple of days to get cracker-dry mushrooms, and you should periodically turn off your fan to prevent its motor from overheating. Blowing hot air at the mushrooms could deteriorate their psilocybin, reducing their potency.
This is the most time-consuming method, but it’s the least involved one. You’ll only need a surface that lets air circulate and a dark room with low humidity.
Arrange your mushrooms on a cloth or wire rack, leaving sufficient space between them, and let them dry naturally over a week. Avoid sunlight as much as possible to preserve their potency, and you’ll get crispy shrooms that are ready to store for extended periods.
Oven drying is the fastest method on the list, but its results depend on how attentive you are and how low your oven can go. To do it properly, heat your oven to 130°F and place your mushrooms on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure to leave the oven door slightly ajar to stop it from overheating and to allow moisture to escape.
Check the oven’s temperature constantly, and flip them every 1–2 hours. You may need to flip them at least three times, depending on the size and moisture of your mushrooms. They’ll be ready once you can easily snap the largest mushroom in your batch.
This method produces optimal results relatively quickly but requires expensive equipment. More specifically, you’ll need a mushroom dehydrator or a multi-purpose dehydrator. The procedure is very straightforward if you own one or are planning to buy one.
Set your dehydrator to a low temperature, around 95°F, and place them inside leaving enough space for air to flow. If you overcrowd the tray, you’ll get uneven results and extend the process by a few hours. You should get dry, crisp mushrooms in around 12 hours if done correctly.
How to Preserve Shrooms by Making Blue Honey
A tasty storage alternative is to grind your dried mushrooms into a very fine powder and mix it with pure honey. Over time, the mushrooms will infuse into the honey, changing its color and transferring its psychedelic properties. Remember that the honey’s color may not change, as it depends on whether the mushrooms you used were bruised. Since honey has a high sugar-to-water ratio, it’s a natural preservative. Anything stored inside it will be protected from bacterial growth. If you chose that option, store your magic mushroom honey in a dark and dry space for up to four months, checking for any mold along the way.
The only downside to this alternative is that its appealing taste may increase the risk of accidental overdosing if not used cautiously. While ingesting too much psilocybin won’t pose serious harm to your health, it could lead to an intense psychedelic trip that may be too much to handle by yourself.
To make blue honey, start by:
- Chopping or grinding your mushrooms into small pieces or powder. This will help create a more psychoactively concentrated honey.
- Next, place the mushroom pieces in a sealable glass container and pour liquid honey over them until they are completely coated.
- Seal the jar and store it in a dark, dry area for up to four months, checking for mold intermittently.
With these tips, you can ensure that your magic mushrooms stay fresh and delicious, allowing you to enjoy them whenever you want.
Storing Shroom Chocolate
Mushroom-infused chocolates are a popular way to enjoy shrooms, but it's important to keep in mind that the shelf life is determined by the chocolate's freshness. To keep them fresh, store in a cool, dry place and consume within the recommended expiration date.
Storing Mushroom Tea
Shroom tea is fast-acting and intense, making it a popular method for consuming shrooms. While it's ideal to consume the tea right after brewing, if you must store it, use a sealed container and keep it in the fridge for no more than a couple of days. Freezing may extend its life, but there is little evidence to confirm this. Regardless of the method, always be cautious and mindful of storage to ensure the best experience possible.
How to Store Your Psilocybin Mushroom Capsules
For individuals interested in microdosing to improve focus or concentration, or reduce stress or anxiety, taking powdered mushroom capsules is the best way to ensure consistency. Powdering the mushrooms helps with precise dosing. It will standardize the psychoactive effects, which can vary between mushroom stems and caps. However, once they are ground, their potency may decrease more quickly as they are exposed to more air and light. It's recommended to keep each crop of mushrooms in separate batches for reliable dosing. Remember – not all shrooms have the same amount of psilocybin or psilocin which is why labeling the packaging with the strain and preparation date for future reference is essential.
After preparing the capsules, it's best to store them in a dark, dry, and airtight container like a jar, pill bottle, or film canister. Soda bottles can also work as they retain gas pressure. Avoid using plastic bags as they let in water vapor.
As we previously mentioned, storage temperature is crucial for maintaining the quality of mushroom capsules. It's recommended to store them at lower temperatures. Mushroom capsules can last for months in a closet, up to a year in the fridge, and ten years or more in the freezer (if properly sealed).
Storing your mushrooms properly is almost as important as measuring your dose precisely if you’re looking for consistent effects. Moreover, you’ll avoid the disappointment of discarding mushrooms that have become unsafe for consumption.
Preserving their freshness and potency is simple, especially if you buy them pre-dried. As a suggestion, double-check their dryness by doing the snap test to make sure before stashing them away.
Also, most of these suggestions apply to edible mushrooms, so you can still use this information if you’re a cook who has stumbled upon this article.
Disclaimer: Psychedelic Spotlight does not condone the use of illegal substances. The purpose of this article is for educational and harm reduction purposes only. If you suffer from a medical or mental condition, please consult with your doctor before taking any substance.