General Questions

Why should I eat Oyster Mushrooms?

Not only are they extremely good for you, they are super tasty and versatile. With a Gourmet Mushroom Farm you can have your own mushrooms growing within a week or two.

How do I keep or store my mushrooms after I harvest them?

The best way to store mushrooms is in a paper bag, which allows them to breathe. Leave them in the main part of the refrigerator to get good airflow, not the produce drawer.

How to cook oyster mushrooms

Slice off the stem of the mushrooms, which separates the individual caps. Saute 2 to 3 minutes in olive oil. Add  a smashed garlic clove to infuse a bit of flavor. This brightens and lightens the flavor. Use any herbs you like: chives, basil, oregano, or thyme would be fantastic. Also check out our other recipes.

What is pinning?

Pinning is the first sign of your baby mushrooms starting to grow. They look like little pins and they will double in size about every 24 hours.

Are your products Vegan friendly?

All of our products except for the Mushroom Butter are Vegan friendly.

Grow your own - Gourmet mushroom farm - RTf

What is RTF?

It is a ‘Ready To Fruit’ growing block for growing your own mushrooms at home.

What temperature should I grow the Oyster Mushrooms in?

Oyster mushroom can grow at moderate temperature ranging from 15 to 25 degrees C.

I bought a Ready To Fruit block, have harvest all I can from it. What do I do with the spent block now?

Great, you have finished enjoying your mushrooms and the growing block is now spent (4-6 weeks). The spent mushroom blocks are great for your garden. Break them up and put in your garden. They provide really good nutrients and the mycelium can even continue to grow underground to provide even more benefits for your soil.

Do I need a special setup?

No, many have had success with just a dark cupboard, water sprayer and making sure they get fresh air now and then.

A second flush did not come, did I do something wrong?

Most likely the block is in a regeneration state. Unless it has been exposed to extremly high temperature it should be fine and when the conditions are right it will fruit again. Some have waited 8+ weeks for further flushes to occur.

I tried a grow kit once but it was hard for a beginner to make it fruit. Is your setup easy?

Yes it is! In-fact, this is exactly why we make our mini farms Ready To Fruit. We take the hard parts out of growing so you can hit the ground running with learning to grow mushrooms.

Can I harvest half a dozen mature mushrooms at a time rather than removing the whole blob

Yes you sure can! Pluck of some of the larger mushrooms and that will leave more energy to go into the rest of them that may be slightly smaller.

When I soak It after the first harvest do I take it out of the plastic?
No but make sure it can drain after well after soaking.
You can poke a small hole at the bottom or sit it upside down to drain. Usually we only need to soak if there is considerable moisture loss (summer time etc)
Do I cut more holes in the plastic or will that just make it grow a lot more mushrooms at once?

You can but yes you will get more mushrooms growing at the same time.

Where should I put my farm when it arrives?

The best place is somewhere out of direct sunlight and where it is not going to dry out to quickly.

In the kitchen is fine. Some people put them in the bathroom or laundry as there can be some more humidity as well as fresh air.

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