Many people who enjoy cooking would love to have a ready supply of fresh mushrooms, but don't know how to grow them. You can grow mushrooms at home fairly easily using hydrogen peroxide and wood stove pellets. Using this method you'll be sure to have mushrooms on hand when your next recipe calls for them.
Things You'll Need
- Wood pellets used in stoves
- Clear plastic bag (able to hold 4 gallons and withstand boiling water)
- 2 medium size pots
- Hydrated lime (Ca(OH)2)
- Dried, non-fat milk
- Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
- Mushroom seedlings, known as spawn
- Spray bottle with water
Measure out 1 quart of stove pellets and put them in the clear plastic bag.
Boil two separate pots of water with 3 1/2 cups of water in each. Carefully pour one pot of water into the bag of pellets. Close the bag, and allow it to cool. The pellets will expand significantly.
Add 1 tablespoon of hydrated lime and 3 tablespoons of dried, non-fat milk to the bag. When the second pot of boiled water has cooled, add 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide solution to it, and pour it into the bag of pellets. Allow the bag of pellets to cool.
Open the bag and gently mix in the mushroom spawn. Seal the bag with a twist tie, and place it in a pan. Store the pan in a dark, cool room.
Move the bag to a place with dim light after 2 weeks. Once you notice the mushroom "bumps" about to appear, open the bag and leave it open to encourage air circulation. Spray the mix with some water twice a day. Harvest the mushrooms when they have reached full size, and the caps begins to separate from the stems.