Learn How to Dry Hericium Erinaceus

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Lion's Mane mushroom

We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to learn how to dry hericium erinaceus. Hericium erinaceus, commonly known as lion’s mane mushroom, is a culinary and medicinal mushroom that you can grow and consume fresh or dry for later use. Drying helps to extend the mushroom’s shelf life, making it a great option for long-term storage and use.

Drying hericium erinaceus is a simple process that you can easily do at home. We’ll take you through the process step-by-step so that you can make the most of your homegrown or purchased mushrooms.

Clean the Mushroom

Begin by cleaning your mushrooms. You can wash them if they have any visible dirt or debris. If not, use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe them clean. Make sure to remove any dirt or debris trapped in the crevices and folds of the mushroom. 

Slice the Mushroom

Next, slice your mushrooms into small pieces. You can do this with a sharp knife or a food processor. Slice the mushrooms into thin slices or small cubes, this will allow them to dry uniformly.

Pre-Dry the Mushrooms

Pre-drying is an essential step in the drying process as it helps to reduce the moisture content of the hericium erinaceus, making them dry faster. To pre-dry, you can spread out the sliced or cubed mushrooms on a baking tray or a dehydrator tray, making sure that they don’t overlap each other. If you’re using a baking tray, place it in an oven and set the temperature to the lowest setting, which is typically between 50 and 60°C. Leave the oven door slightly open to allow moisture to escape. If you’re using a dehydrator, set it to around 40°C.

Check the Mushrooms

After about an hour of pre-drying, you should check the mushrooms. They should have dried enough to no longer stick together. At this point, you can flip them over to help them dry uniformly.

Continue Drying the Mushrooms 

After flipping the hericium erinaceus, they should continue to dry out for another four to six hours until they’re completely dry. The length of drying time depends on the thickness of the slices, the humidity in your area, and the drying temperature. Make sure to check the mushrooms periodically to ensure they don’t burn or lose their flavor and color due to over-drying.

Store the Dried Mushrooms

After your mushrooms are fully dried, allow them to cool completely before storing them. You can store them in an airtight container or a vacuum-sealed bag. Dried mushrooms can last for a year or even longer if stored properly in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.

We hope this guide has helped you learn how to dry hericium erinaceus. Drying mushrooms is a simple and effective way to enjoy them for an extended period. You now have a delicious addition to your pantry that you can use to flavor soups and stews, to make teas, or to add a meaty texture to vegetarian dishes. Whether you grow it yourself or buy hericium erinaceus from a supplier, drying it is a great way to preserve its goodness and enjoy it all year round.

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