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How to Grow Shiitake and Other Mushrooms on Logs

How to Grow Shiitake and Other Mushrooms on Logs

By Arlene Wright-Correll, Food Historian

Many years ago Carl and I took a weekend trip and learned how to grow Shiitake Mushrooms on logs.  We became interested in growing mushrooms because gourmet Mushrooms have high medicinal values and growing them on logs produced a high yield.  We also investigated this because mushroom growing is both a science and an art form. 

 

The method of growing mushrooms was that one used mushroom plugs that are fitted into holes drilled in the logs.  The plugs are called fruit bodies and the Shiitake Mushrooms were medium sized, very constant and a lovely, tasty brown typical shiitake.

 

The best logs to use for growing Shiitake mushrooms are oak, chinkapin; tanoak, hornbeams, alder, aspen, poplar, cottonwood, beech, birch, chestnut, hickory, maple, sweetgum, tupelo, willow and they only need to be about 2 feet long.

 

 

The temperature needed to grow Shiitake Mushrooms is between mid 50-75 degrees F.  The temperature is called the “fruiting time”.    The growing method was simple and the cost of the plugs were very inexpensive at that time and still are even with inflation the costs average about $14.00 for 100 plugs to $45.00 for 1000 plugs for just about any type of mushroom plug.

 

 

We learned we could also grow Oyster Mushrooms the same way only the best logs to use for these plugs are oak, beech, hornbeam, alder, poplar or birch and the fruiting temperature is low 50 to 70 degrees F.

 

 

Maitake Mushroom plugs grow well on oak, poplar, beech, elm, alder, and willow logs with the fruiting at a temperature of low 55 to 60 degrees F.

 

 

Lions Mane Mushroom plugs grow well on oak, maple, beech and elm logs with the fruiting at a temperature of mid 50 to 75 degrees F.

 

 

We learned that Swordbelt Mushrooms were as easy to grow as Oyster Mushrooms and in the dinner tasting we discovered they tasted like bacon!  These plugs grow well on alder, poplar, oak, cottonwood and willow logs.  They also grow on straw with the fruiting at a temperature of mid 50 to 65 degrees F.

 

 

Mushrooms don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).  However the workshop we took was conducted on about 150 heavily wooded acres.  

 

 

Along life’s way we discovered one could even grow mushrooms in one’s garden by digging a trench row about 8 “ deep and 12 “ wide, wetting the bed, filling it with cardboard, laying a layer of straw inside, and waiting one week watering as necessary to keep the underside of the mulch layer moist.  Then place some straw into the cardboard. Next place some spent mushroom blocks inside with 6-12 “between each block. Fill gap with straw. This time is to allow the fungus to get a head start and for the cardboard to soften.  Now fill the rest of the depth to ground level with more straw. Finish by folding over the cardboard or capping with more straw.  Finally add a layer of top soil and tidy up your bed.  Water the bed and wait one week watering as necessary to keep the underside of the mulch layer moist. This allows the fungus to get a head start and for the

 

cardboard to soften.  You can also grow other things in this area while the mushroom spore is fruiting simply by digging a hole down in the dirt and straw and planting your seeds.

 

 
 

Porcini Dried Mushrooms are All Natural, good keepers and easy to reconstitute giving your cooking tremendous flavors. Order today.


Porcini Mushrooms Dried

At Home Farm Herbery we keep a good supply of our dried all natural Porcini Mushrooms on hand for our favorite customers who know this mushroom also as Penny Bun, Porcino or Cep. Originally grown in China, Italy, Bulgaria and now in the U.S.A. we have embraced it as one of our favorites.

We hand dry our Dried Porcini Mushrooms to produce a pleasant, nutty, mild mushroom flavor and creamy texture with earthy aromatic notes.

The Home Farm Herbery Kitchen knows that Porcini Mushrooms pair well with hearty stews, meat, rice dishes, soups and stir-fry and will give depth to sauces and we have discovered that this dried Porcini Mushroom is a great substitute for our Mushroom Powder Blend, Shiitake Mushrooms Dried, Maitake Mushrooms Dried, Oyster Mushrooms Dried, Forest Blend Dried Mushrooms.

 

1 oz. Sampler $9.90

4 oz. package $29.99

16 oz. package $89.75

5 lbs. $359.00

10 lbs $599.00

50 lbs. $1,699.00

Order today and get free shipping, a free herb, herb blend, tea sampler or heirloom seed of our choice.

We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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All Natural Dried Oyster Mushrooms. Order yours today.




Oyster Mushrooms Dried

When we learned how to grow Shiitake Mushrooms we went on to others and one of our favorites is the Oyster Mushroom which is a nutty, mild mushroom with aromatic earthy flavors.  Our part of KY is cave country and I do not know why more people do not grow this cash crop.

We hand blend and pack all natural Ingredient: Dried All Natural, Gourmet Oyster Mushrooms.

You will discover, as we did, that Oyster Mushrooms pair well with hearty stews, meat, rice dishes, soups and stir-fry.

Did your know that Oyster Mushrooms contain fiber, vitamin D, niacin, iron and a high concentration of antioxidants?

It is easy to reconstitute mushrooms.  Just rinse under cold water, then place mushrooms in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Drain the mushrooms and use in your favorite recipe.

1 oz. Sampler $9.49

4 oz. package $28.99

16 oz. package $86.75

5 lbs. $339.00

10 lbs $579.00

50 lbs. $1,649.00

Order today and get free shipping, a free herb, herb blend, tea sampler or heirloom seed of our choice.

We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


 

Maitake Dried Mushrooms are All Natural, good keepers and easy to reconstitute giving your cooking tremendous flavors. Order today.


Maitake Mushrooms Dried


When we learned how to grow Shiitake Mushrooms we went on to others and one of our favorites is the Maitake Mushroom which is also known as Hen-of-the-Woods, Sheep's Head, Ram's Head, Dancing Mushroom, King of Mushrooms, Monkey's Bench or Shelf Fungi

We dry and hand pack this ingredient, an All Natural Gourmet Maitake Mushroom, to create a rich, intense mushroom taste and earthy aromatic flavor.

Over the years of cooking with mushrooms we have found that Maitake Mushrooms pair well with hearty stews, meat, rice dishes, soups and stir-fry.

We have also discovered this is a very useful substitute for Mushroom Powder Blend, Shiitake Mushrooms Dried, Porcini Mushrooms Dried, Oyster Mushrooms Dried and Forest Blend Dried Mushrooms.

On the healthy issue side Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for strengthening the immune system. Maitake is rich in minerals (potassium, calcium, and magnesium), vitamins (B2, D2 and niacin), fiber and amino acids.

Preparation: To reconstitute mushrooms, rinse under cold water, then place mushrooms in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Or add to a dish that will cook for at least 20 minutes. Drain the mushrooms and enjoy.
Did you know that mushrooms don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).

 1 oz. Sampler $9.90

4 oz. package $29.99

16 oz. package $89.75

5 lbs. $359.00

10 lbs $599.00

50 lbs. $1,699.00

Order today and get free shipping, a free herb, herb blend, tea sampler or heirloom seed of our choice.

We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Click here to place your order now.
 

 

Magical Forest Blend Dried Mushrooms are All Natural, good keepers and easy to reconstitute giving your cooking tremendous flavors. Order today.


Magical Forest Blend Dried Mushrooms

At Home Farm Herbery we spend a great deal of time experimenting, testing, duplicating and creating some great blends and this one is one of our favorites because we have Hand Blended the following All Natural ingredients: Shiitake Mushroom Dried, Shiitake Mushroom Dried Sliced, Oyster Mushrooms Dried and Porcini Mushrooms Dried to create a rich, intense mushroom taste and earthy aromatic flavor you expect in a blend like this.

 

Dried mushrooms pair well with hearty stews, meat, rice dishes, soups and stir-fry and this magical blend does it real well..

You can easily substitute it for our Maitake Mushrooms Dried, Oyster Mushrooms Dried, Porcini Mushrooms Dried, Shiitake Mushroom Dried and Mushroom Powder Blend.

Did you know that mushrooms don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715). Home Farm Herbery is smack dab in the middle of Cave Country and I do not know why more people do not grow mushrooms here.

 

1 oz. Sampler $9.90

4 oz. package $29.99

16 oz. package $89.75

5 lbs. $299.99

10 lbs $499.99

50 lbs. $1,699.00

Order today and get free shipping, a free herb, herb blend, tea sampler or heirloom seed of our choice.

 

We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


 

Shiitake Dried Mushrooms are All Natural, good keepers and easy to reconstitute giving your cooking tremendous flavors. Order today.


Shiitake Mushroom Dried

Many years ago we learned how to grow Shiitake Mushrooms on logs and we learned how to dry them and we also learned that Shiitake Mushrooms are also known as Japanese Mushroom, Black Forest Mushroom, Golden Oak Mushroom or Oakwood Mushroom.  Originating in China these mushrooms can easily be grown anywhere you live in the USA.  However, these, like other mushrooms require a lot of work.

We dry and package our ingredients as Dried Sliced All Natural Shiitake Mushrooms and they have a very pleasant, nutty, mild mushroom tastes and we have been able to retain their creamy texture while giving you the great earthy gourmet aroma the discernable palate wants.

Try our All Natural Dried Shiitake Mushrooms in your hearty stews, meat, rice dishes, soups and stir-fry and will find that these give great depth to sauces.

You can use them as a substitute for our Mushroom Powder Blend, Maitake Mushrooms Dried, Porcini Mushrooms Dried, Oyster Mushrooms

1 oz. Sampler $9.90

4 oz. package $29.99

16 oz. package $89.75

5 lbs. $359.00

10 lbs $599.00

50 lbs. $1,699.00

Order today and get free shipping, a free herb, herb blend, tea sampler or heirloom seed of our choice.


We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Click here to order now.
 

 
 
 
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