How to grow pink oyster mushrooms at home
Just look at these beauties – I can't believe I grew these in my own home!
As a Christmas present, we got this pink mushroom growing kit and I am so glad we did.
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I am not at all green fingered, so although I had seen these kits in my local garden centre I would never have dreamt of buying them. But now, the sky's the limit and I am planning to have a crack at the false elm mushrooms next.
How it's done...
When you open the box, it doesn't look like the most glamorous present we ever had. It contains a black bin liner full of growing substrate, and a mysterious little parcel of spawn.
You take the big black plastic bag out, open it, and pour boiling water directly into it in your sink, tape it up and leave it to cool for eight hours.
When it is completely cool you snip the bottom of the bag with scissors and allow it to drain, then carefully crumble the mushroom spawn into it and mix it through with your hands. That's the messy bit over.
Fold over the bag, secure with sticky tape, make some cuts in the bag for the mushrooms to grow out of, put the bag somewhere warm and leave it for 14 days. I chose my bathroom because it has underfloor heating, so I thought that would be consistent heat.
That's it - you don't need to water it or do anything during this time.
Next you move it to a light airy place and open up the box – I chose my kitchen as I was eager to eat them and as they have to be sprayed with water twice a day it made the task easier to remember.
So now for the exciting bit! About ten days later, this appeared!
I really wanted to taste the flavour as purely as possible, so I fried a batch simply with butter, but the next batch I made into a creamy pasta sauce. Both were delicious.
The great thing is, it's not over yet. A second batch of mushrooms appeared 15 days later and I believe there are another two or three more flushes to come.
Have you got any recipe suggestions for our next batch?