If you find yourself with too many magic mushrooms to take all at once, then you absolutely must use one of these solid ways to store your stash without them getting moldy, mushy, discolored, or rancid.
Because if you don’t store your magic mushrooms properly, they will become highly susceptible to mold and harmful bacteria, or worse, lose it’s potency.
So in order to protect your magic mushrooms for the long term, while also maintaining its potency, then you’re definitely going to want to learn how to store them properly using one of these five surefire methods.
7 Ways to Store Magic Mushrooms
Here’s how to properly store your magic mushrooms. And for the best results, be sure that they are bone-dry because all these storage methods would be useless if even a hint of moisture sneaks in.
1. Ziploc Bags (6-12 months)
Plastic, ziploc bags is by far the cheapest method to store your magic mushrooms. But just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean that it’s ineffective.
When storing your mushrooms in one of these bags, you’ll be able to squeeze a large amount of air out of the bag before you seal it, thus reducing the amount of oxygen inside, which can unfortunately damage your shrooms and make them less potent.
One thing you’ll need to make sure of is that the seal is completely tight or else the shelf-life will be reduced drastically.
That said, be sure to follow these tips if you’re going to use a ziploc bag:
- double bag your magic mushrooms
- use a high quality ziplock bag
- consider adding a desiccant to absorb any additional moisture
- some people have found success by placing a bag of mushrooms inside a mason jar
2. Vacuum-Sealed Bags (1-2 years)
The two best things about using vacuum-sealed bags is that there is almost a 0% chance of leakage and they offer the best protection from humidity and oxygen.
The only downside is that you ‘ll need a vacuum sealer. However, this is the only method listed that will actually suck out all the air and oxygen in your containers effectively so it’s definitely worth the effort and investment.
Be sure to follow these tips if you’re going to store them in a vacuum-sealed bag:
- store your mushrooms in a cool, dark place
- don’t forget to add a desiccant
- use mylar vacuum sealer bags that protect again UV radiation
3. Mason Jar (6-12 months)
You can find mason jars at any Walmart, Target, or even dollar store, thus making these one of the more affordable storage methods, right behind plastic ziplock bags.
When storing your magic mushrooms in mason jars, be sure to follow these tips:
- make sure that the jar is filled to the max, reducing the amount of air and oxygen stuck inside
- add a desiccant to remove any oxygen
- store in a cool and dark place and never on a window sill or anywhere that has direct sunlight
- consider placing the shrooms in a ziplock bag first before sealing them in a mason jar
4. Dark Chocolate (6-18 months)
Storing your dried magic mushrooms in dark chocolate is a great way preserve your dried shrooms.
To make your own magic mushroom chocolate, first grind your dried shrooms into a fine powder, then combine it with cooled melted chocolate. Just make sure that the mushrooms aren’t being added to hot chocolate because that will reduce or possibly damage the psilocybin.
Be sure to follow these tips if you’re going to store them in chocolate:
- add mushrooms to cooled melted chocolate
- opt for dark chocolate
- wrap the chocolate in tin foil and place in an airtight container
5. Capsules (1-1.5 years)
Just because honey and chocolate on this list doesn’t mean that your shrooms will taste amazing, because honestly, they are pretty gross.
That’s why using capsules is a great way to consume shrooms in microdoses without the bad tastes.
When using capsules, make sure they are packed completely that way there’s a lower risk of being exposed to oxygen.
Be sure to follow these tips if you’re going to store them in a capsule:
- place the capsules in an airtight container or pill bottle similar to those that you use to store your vitamins and supplements
- add a silica packet
- if your capsules are handmade, be sure to check up on them often
6. Honey (2-3 years)
Honey is a fantastic food preserver because it has an extremely long shelf life since it never spoils.
When using this method, first chop up your dried mushrooms and places them in a jar. Fill it to the top, completely covering the mushrooms with honey. It also wouldn’t hurt to give them a gentle mix.
Over time, the magic mushroom’s active ingredients will start to defuse into the honey, thus allowing you to just east the honey directly while still getting all of the psychoactive effects.
Some people have used this method using fresh mushrooms, but it doesn’t last nearly as long.
Be sure to follow these tips if you’re going to store them in honey:
- use a thick and raw honey
- be sure that the mushrooms are covered completely
7. Brown Paper Bag (5-10 days)
This is the only method that I recommend you use if you’re storing fresh mushrooms.
Fresh magic mushrooms are extremely prone to mold so it’s best to place them inside a brown paper bag and then put that in the fridge.
However, if you’re planning on storing them for longer than 10 days, then you should consider drying them out or use a food dehydrator.
Some storing tips you need to consider if using fresh mushrooms:
- always place them in the fridge
- consume or dry within 10 days
Regardless of what storing method you use, be sure that you store them in a cool and dark place like a drawer or cupboard.
How to Store Wet Shrooms
Storing wet shrooms is never recommend only because they are likely to rot. Basically, the longer they stay wet, the quicker they’ll go bad.
That’s why it’s recommend that you first pat your fresh shrooms dry before placing them in the fridge.
Recap: Typical Mushroom Shelf-Life
If stored correctly, magic mushrooms can last up to a year if dried before they start to deteriorate. However, if you’re storing fresh magic mushrooms, then they will last between 5 to 10 days.
Here’s a quick breakdown of life expectancy depending on your storing methods.
- Fresh Magic Mushrooms = 3 to 5 days
- Dried Magic Mushrooms = 6 to 12 months
- Magic Mushroom Chocolate = 1 to 1.5 years
- Magic Mushrooms in Honey = 2 to 3 years
- Capsules = 1 to 1.5 years
As you can see, storing dried mushrooms in honey will give them the longest shelf-life.
Warning Signs That a Mushroom Has Gone Bad
If your shrooms have any of these signs, then you immediately need to throw them away. Personally, I wouldn’t even recommend that you risk it and take some because it could lead to some serious health issues.
- soft and mushy
- weird smell (strong, pungent, or just off)
Generally, one of the recommended storage methods will keep your mushrooms dry and mold-free, but nothing is always perfect. So it’s always important to inspect your shrooms before you consume.