Grow your own Instructions
Upon receiving your Shiitake log; Store wrapped in a towel between 35-45 degrees prior to use, if it isn’t below freezing at night, your garage would be fine and, in the summer, you can keep it in your fridge
When ready to use;
Activate log by submerging in cold water for 3-4 hours (bathtub works great!) or an individual log weighs 4 - 4 1/2lbs.
Place log “Belly Button” side up in an area with a temp of roughly 60-65 degrees in a dish or pan. Mist lightly 2-3 times a day for best results. You will begin to see mushrooms growing after 4-7 days. To ensure best results - Use the bag as a tent to protect the log from overly drying out. Simply cut off the end and use wooden skewers or chopsticks to hold the bag above the log.
Once the “Initial Crop” has ran its course; You may attempt a secondary crop to maximize production. If a secondary crop is desired; Pick the log clean of any mushrooms from the initial crop and soak soon after, once again in cold water for about 30 minutes.
After soaking for about 30 minutes; Wrap once again in a towel to be stored somewhere between 35-45 degrees and let sit dormant for about 7-10 days.
Following that 7-10 rest cycle; Soak yet again but for about 4 hours or until a weight of 3.5-3.8 lbs. is achieved. Once weight is achieved, repeat previous steps from the initial crop by placing log “Belly Button” side up and apply misting procedure until you have mushrooms growing again!
Cooking - The stems on shiitake are very chewy, so trim those off before you prepare the caps. The stems are quite chewy, but still have flavor. To use, trim off any substrate from the base of the stem. Then, utilize the stems into your stock to help add umami flavor to the broth. You can also grind them up, sauté, and add to a stew or gravy to add flavor and thicken up the base.
Lions Mane and Oyster Blocks
These fully colonized mushroom blocks are ready to go with no soaking, as above for Shiitake. Instead, all you need do is to cut an X on either wide side, about in the middle of the block. Do not remove the plastic, it needs this to retain moisture while it grows. Place it anywhere in your home (not outside) where it will get “some” light, but no direct sunlight and mist a few times a day where you made the cut. You will see growth within 1-2 weeks, and they take about a week to fully mature for harvest!