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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Growing Mushrooms in my Dining Room

I know.  This is the weirdest thing ever.  Imagine the look on my face when I opened a large present from my husband on Christmas morning and found a wet sawdust block in a plastic bag with instructions on growing Shiitake mushrooms.  And there was the Good Guy, anxiously looking at my reaction, saying, "I just wanted to show that I support your blogging, honey."  What a sweet husband.
And oddly enough, growing fungus in my dining room was a kick.  Every day, my sons would ask if I had "spritzed" my mushrooms lately.  It became a whole family effort to grow them.  When it came time to harvest some and cook them, I had an audience.  And they were quite delicious.  With all of the dried mushrooms I have gotten to play with since starting this blog, it seems I have not bought any fresh shiitakes.  I love the buttery taste!
Would you like to grow some, too?  It's really easy.  My husband bought them from Mississippi Natural Products.  They say you can use the block to grow about 7 sets of mushrooms.  Watch out for future posts with mushrooms sneaking in.  The Engineer, who hates mushrooms, has a long-suffering expression permanently on his face.

30 comments:

PERMANENT POSIES said...

I LOVE your husband. What a creative gift. Once I had a vegetable garden out in West Texas and watering it was such an issue. For Christmas that year, he welded a sprinkler up on a rod that raised it up to a perfect height and painted it yellow. It was my most memorable gift because it was so creative and so needed. I think you won't ever forget your mushrooms.

Sue said...

What a thoughtful, supportive gift from your husband. Sounds like fun, and I bet it will be extra yummy to have such fresh mushrooms in your recipes. Funny comment about the Engineer:)

Deb in NE said...

We have grown button mushrooms at home when you could buy the kits at the local garden stores. OMG - amazing - but we may need to try these shiitakes. We also have a friend who grows mushrooms in the summer but not sure on the kind. Deb

Belinda @zomppa said...

That's super sweet! I got one of these a while ago and sadly, mine didn't work! But glad to see yours is blooming!

Robyn said...

That looks like fun. I, too, am a mushroom lover!

My only question is, does the block or do the mushrooms smell bad as they grow?

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

My son wants to try this in the worst way! Do you know where he got the kit from?

Cathy W said...

How fun! Now, I'm looking forward to some mushroom posts from you! :)

Ann said...

That was SO nice of your husband and was very, very supportive! I'm a huge fan of them...honey bunny isn't. I can occasionally sneak them in on him, but he has a radar when it comes to the shrooms!

ping said...

Now that's a practical and fun gift! Who'd have thought to grow mushrooms inside their house? (Not talking about folks who don't clean and dust and have mold growing in basements etc). I'm gonna start looking for a block to grow and harvest myself. This is so cool!

Aarthi said...

that looks so cool

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Tiffanee said...

Wow! That was a very thoughtful gift! I am intrigued. How fun is that!!

Lizzy Do said...

SO cool!!! I'd love to do this!!!

PS...I got a confirmation that your tomatoes will be on their way soon :)

Rosemary said...

I got a mushroom making kit for Christmas, but just started them the other day . . . and "spritzing" is a new daily habit. Hope mine turns out as well as yours!

Maggie said...

Your husband definitely gets an A+ for gift giving this Christmas. What a sweet, thoughtful and delightful gift! And Shiitakkes are so darn expensive I'd love to harvest them from my dining room. This is so fun!

Erin said...

They will be sooooo good! I love them. That was pretty creative of your husband to think of. Props to him. Congrats on being a Featured Member of vB!!
~Erin

Cucina49 said...

I can imagine the look on your face, but what a great gift! And just think of the great recipes you'll be able to make.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

How fun are these! I love mushrooms, what a great present! Although I am sure the look on my face would have been a little questioning!

GJT said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen anything like that! How awesome! How long did it take between getting your block to harvest and table?

Congrats on being a vB Featured Member!
Gina
www.totallyfullofit.com

Eileen said...

Awesome gift from hubby. I want to grow mushrooms too. I wrote an article on a local mushroom grower and I've been interested ever since. I suppose we will see quite a few mushroom recipes in the future - yea!

Susan Lindquist said...

This is SO cool! I say your husband gets big points for finding such a unique, fun, and useful gift for his foodie wife! Happy New Year! It's Chinese New Year next week! use those gorgeous Shitake for a great Asian dish!

Tina said...

x

Monet said...

I totally want to grow mushrooms now. This isn't weird...no, it is really really cool! I'm buying this for Ryan's birthday present! I'm drinking a big cup of tea, but even with that hot beverage in my stomach, I'm hungry! I think I need to break out the banana bread. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!

Beth Michelle said...

Awww what a thoughtful husband!! Who thought growing mushrooms could become a family past time!! Cant wait to see the wonderful recipes you come up with using them!

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Now that is an amazing husband you have there. What a wonderful present - even just to say he supports your blog, lucky you! It's perhaps an original present but boy, it looks like a designer sculpture - especially as it grows, too. Fabulous idea!

Becky Jane said...

Wish I'd seen this sooner. I've bookmarked this for my mushroom lovin' daughters birthday next year!

I not a mushroom lover...so I think it's so sweet that your husband bought it for you even though he doesn't like them!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I think I saw in Red Envelope that you can give this as a gift, and I thought how cool it is to grown own mushroom at home! And I see you are making it! I'd love to see how they grow...

Kim Bee said...

You know I am not a mushroom fan but this is so freaking cool. What a sweet hubby. Do they make something that grows chocolate?

Magic of Spice said...

You are officially the coolest kid on the block! How sweet of your husband!

Mack Shepperson said...

Hehe. I'm glad to hear that your husband is so supportive. My wife's been planning to grow Shiitake mushrooms too, which she loves to include in almost every dish. My son also loves these mushrooms, and that's why we grow them at our house.

greg said...

Wow i really love you blog about growing mushrooms. I ordered a block of wet sawdust and I am going to start growing my mushrooms as well.

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