Mushrooms and off grid living

in #edibles3 years ago

Mushrooms are low in calories, low in fat, low in sodium and free of cholestral. They are packed with protein and fiber. The mineral list is: copper, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Oyster mushroom are rich in iron. The contain riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. They have the anti-toxin - L-ergothoneine and ergothioneine. The terpenes inhibit histamine release and are anti-inflammation. Mushrooms are rich in cancer fighting ingredients, such as polysaccharides and linoleic acid. Polysaccharides stimulate the immune system. Sugars are ZERO, thus great for diabetics.

Punch in "mushroom growing kits" in your search engine to get a quick and easy starter kit. Do your research and grow your own. They can be fun and easy to grow. Purchase mushroom spawn/spores off the internet or find a friend that is already growing mushrooms. (Do not buy mushrooms that are said to be organic in the store and are not packaged. The area around the mushrooms may be sprayed to prevent the loose spores from growing.)

I knew a "hippie" friend that would grow his mushroom on dry dog food. Oyster mushrooms love to grow in coffee grounds. Shiitakes like sawdust. Button mushrooms prefer compost/manure. There are many other types of edible mushrooms you can grow. Whatever you decide to grow your mushrooms in, make sure that the growing material is sterilized first, you don't want any other fungus growing. Yes, you can use the microwave, oven or stove to sterilize your growing medium.

Freezing mushrooms reduces flavor and changes the texture. Cook in stainless steel, glass or cast iron to avoid browning. (I NEVER cook with aluminum, it is dangerous to your health.) Add them to any dish in the later stages of cooking. Add salt while cooking to help the mushrooms retain some of their water.

If you do not currently eat mushrooms, start off slowly. The fiber content is high, thus gas can be an issue. Mushrooms are a great way to put variety in your meals.

Please, post a favorite recipe for others to try.

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