Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]

Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]
"I like walking with granpa his steps are short like mine." (dedicated to my dad who passed 4/1/10)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Shiitake Log

Just started my Shiitake log tonight I purchased two logs from McCann's Forest Farm, if you are interested she is at mccansforestfarm@gmail.com. Step one when the log/logs are taken home they need to be fruited to do this the log is to be soaked for 24 hours, in non-chlorinated water. Step two take them out of the water and set log/logs upright and within 24 to 48 hours the log/logs should start to pin. This is small white buds that start to form on the bark. The mushrooms will start to form in three to five days. Step three Mushrooms are ready to harvest when the edges are still turned under, this may take three to seven days. Step four harvest, use sharp knife and slice through the stem even with the log. Step five after harvest, allow log to rest for two month, before you fruit again. During the two month rest you do need to soak them in water for 8 to 12 hours once a week and keep them in a spot (inside or outside) that is fully shaded, but not total darkness and protected from the wind and not in contact with the ground. How much easier can it get! You can fruit them at least six times.
 This is what the logs looked like when hubby and I brought them home today
I have them soaking in my well water tonight with a concrete block on top holding them under water, this will be for 24 hours so tomorrow night I can take it out of the water and start step two. My plans are to dehydrate the mushroom so they will last longer and also dehydrate the stems. The stems are to tough to eat so when they are dehydrated I plan on grinding them in my coffee grinder and storing the powder in a jar. This can then be added to soups, salads etc, anything that you want the mushroom flavor in. Also most important is the added benefit of the antioxidants and cholesterol lowering amino acid, the boost to the immune system etc. I will post more on this when they are ready to harvest it should be in a little over a week.


  1. That is so awesome! I watched a documentary on how they did this. It was beautiful seeing all those logs lined up in a woods with mushroom covering them! Happy Harvest!

  2. Where are you going to be keeping the logs? I left mine outside for the winter to go dormant and will do my second fruiting of these logs in the spring. I have never seen them fruit in the winter so I will be watching anxiously. And I can tell you they are the best mushrooms I have ever eaten :)

  3. Mandy: Thanks! I just happened to run across this in the same town I picked up my water kefir and milk kefir grains so this is new to me :) Fingers crossed on the grains and logs!
    Jane: Hi! I picked the logs up from Sharon McCann, she said they were inoculated in May 2010 and were ready to fruit. The only thing she said was since it is winter put the logs in the warmest room in the house. Follow the steps and when put to rest either store ourside or if in the house where they would not be bothered? Hope they do good, I am taking them out of the water this morning :D


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