Storing magic mushrooms correctly will extend their shelf life and help retain their potency over time. Therefore, knowing the best storage method is essential, especially if you have just harvested a bumper crop. Knowing how to store mushrooms is also useful if you have some in your possession but aren’t ready to take them yet.
Fortunately, there are many ways to store mushrooms, many of which involve minimal equipment and effort. So, how long are shrooms good for, and what is the best preservation method? Let’s dive in.
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Do Magic Mushrooms Go Bad?
Like most natural products, magic mushrooms can expire if they are not stored properly. In some cases, they may simply lose some of their potency if they hang around for a long time. Although this is not ideal, it is not really a disaster either.
However, if the mushrooms develop mold or bacterial contamination, using them could become a health risk. Therefore, it is critical to store them well to prevent this from happening.
In general, the factors that lead to rapid deterioration and possible contamination are:
- UV light
Therefore, it is best to keep the mushrooms somewhere airtight, dry, cool, and dark.
The most appropriate storage method will depend on whether the mushrooms are fresh or dried. This will also determine how long it is possible to keep them before use. For example, fresh mushrooms will last just a few days in the refrigerator. However, dried mushrooms could last for a year or more.
Why Do Shrooms Expire So Quickly?
Fresh mushrooms consist of 80–90% water. This means they can quickly become slimy and mushy, attracting mold or bacterial growth. It is always best to consume fresh mushrooms within a few days of harvesting. However, this is not always possible, especially if the mushrooms contain psilocybin!
Therefore, many people choose to dry their magic mushrooms and save them for later. Doing so increases their shelf life significantly by removing moisture and decreasing the risk of contamination. Drying mushrooms also makes dosing far more accurate and is well worth the extra effort.
There are several methods for drying mushrooms, including air drying or using a fan, dehydrator, or oven. You can read about these techniques in more detail in our complete guide: How to Dry Mushrooms.
Storing Fresh Magic Mushrooms vs. Dried Magic Mushrooms
Fresh mushrooms should be kept in a refrigerator and consumed as soon as possible after harvesting. They will keep for a maximum of 5–7 days. In general, larger mushrooms will keep longer than small ones, and whole mushrooms longer than sliced ones. Fresh truffles in unopened packaging can last for 2–3 months in the refrigerator.
When storing fresh magic mushrooms, wipe them down to remove excess moisture before placing them in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator. Try not to handle or bruise them too much, as this can reduce their potency.
Do not wrap mushrooms in plastic or place them in the crisper compartment, as this reduces air circulation and increases the rate of deterioration. Check the mushrooms before consumption and discard any that have become slimy, mushy, or smelly.
Dried mushrooms keep for much longer than fresh, provided they are appropriately stored. In some cases, they could last for several years, although the average is 12–18 months. It is also worth knowing that they may begin to lose potency after around six months of storage.
Because of the significant increase in shelf life, we recommend drying mushrooms unless you intend to consume them immediately. We have explained some of the best storage methods in the next section.
How to Store Shrooms: Everything You Need to Know
Below, we have listed our favorite methods of storing shrooms, from what we consider the simplest to the most complicated. Please note that it is best to use dried mushrooms for all these storage solutions to maximize shelf life and potency.
1. Mason Jars
Storing mushrooms in airtight Mason jars is probably the easiest way to prevent them from going bad. Simply place the mushrooms in the jar with a desiccant (for example, a food-grade silica packet) and screw the lid on tightly. For the best results, you should use brown Mason jars to block UV light, but clear jars are acceptable, providing you keep them somewhere dark.
The mushrooms should keep for up to one year using this storage method. Label the jar with the date you put them into storage so you can keep track.
2. Ziplock Bags
Ziplock bags are another popular method of storing mushrooms long-term. They work similarly to Mason jars; by minimizing oxygen exposure. Place the mushrooms in a bag with a desiccant, squeeze out the excess air, and seal tightly. Many people like to place the bag inside a Mason jar for an additional layer of protection. The mushrooms should keep for up to one year.
It is also possible to store dried mushrooms in Ziplock bags in the freezer to extend their shelf life almost indefinitely. Spread them in a single layer on a tray and place them in the freezer overnight. Then transfer the frozen mushrooms into bags and store for up to 10 years.
Note that you should not freeze fresh mushrooms as it damages their cell membranes and reduces potency.
4. Mushroom Honey
Shroom honey, or blue honey, is easy to prepare and makes ingestion far more enjoyable than chewing on a spoonful of plain mushrooms.
For the best results, grind the dried mushrooms to a coarse powder and place them in a Mason jar. Pour over enough honey (raw honey is best) to cover them by at least half an inch, and screw the lid on tightly.
Store the shroom honey in a cool, dark cupboard for up to 18 months. Check the honey regularly for signs of mold.
5. Mushroom Chocolate
Infusing mushrooms into chocolate helps them keep for longer and makes them a pleasure to consume.
Grind the dried mushrooms and stir them evenly into slightly cooled, melted chocolate. Dark chocolate is best because it has a longer shelf life and is healthier too. Pour the melted chocolate into molds and allow to set before wrapping each piece in foil and storing them in the refrigerator.
This storage method ensures the mushrooms stay good right up until the chocolate’s use-by date. You can also store the chocolates in the freezer to extend the shelf life further.
Capsules are a convenient way to take mushrooms, especially for people interested in microdosing. They are also a fantastic storage method.
You can purchase empty capsule shells online and fill them using a capsule-filling machine or by hand. To fill capsules by hand, fold a small piece of paper in half and use the crease as a funnel.
Grind the mushrooms to a fine powder and use a digital scale to measure the required dosage. It is important to fill the capsules as much as possible to reduce oxygen exposure. If your dose leaves a lot of space in the capsule, mix it with a filler such as brown rice bran.
Store the capsules in an airtight jar along with a desiccant for up to one year. You can also keep the capsules in the freezer for up to 10 years.
GIVE YOUR MUSHROOMS A LONGER LIFE!
Store more mushrooms by investing in spores. The Fungushead range includes Golden Teacher, Penis Envy, and Malabar. As they can last for months with proper storage, these spores represent the ideal opportunity to expand your strain library. Since they take up minimal space, you can set them aside for when you’re ready to study them in-depth.
Storing Magic Mushrooms: Summary
Drying and storing magic mushrooms can extend their shelf life and help retain their potency for many months or years. It also ensures you can take your mushrooms at a time that suits you rather than rushing to consume them while fresh.
For the best results, dry the mushrooms and get them into storage as soon as possible after harvesting. Keep them in an airtight container somewhere dark, dry, and cool to reduce the risk of deterioration and contamination.
Finally, please remember that psilocybin possession and use are still illegal in most areas. It is the reader’s responsibility to research and comply with their local laws and consume magic mushrooms responsibly.