How to Create Potent Mushroom Meals .To make sure you get the absolute most out of the mushrooms you have, it’s important to use either a no-heat or low-heat method of cooking.
Magic mushrooms can take some heat without losing too much potency. Some have even cooked them into brownies with great success. However, here are a few tips to help ensure you don’t degrade any of that precious psilocybin.
1. Limit the Shroom’s Exposure to Heat
When making magic mushroom meals, it’s best to add the dried mushrooms, either whole or powdered, toward the end of the cooking process. This limits the mushrooms’ exposure to high heat, thus ensuring none of the psilocybin degrades.
Some recipes call for the mushrooms to be baked, sauteed, or simmered in a sauce. This is okay, but it’s best to prepare the bulk of the dish first, cook it to an extent, and add the mushrooms in as late as possible.
Recipes requiring shrooms to be added early in the cooking process should have shorter cooking times. If you’re cooking magic mushrooms at a higher heat (anything over 212℉), keep the cooking time under the 30-minute mark.
2. Use Extractions
Use heat in your favor to extract the psilocybin.
Oil extractions or a simple “tea” (water extraction) can be made and added to the dish later in the cooking process — this works really well for sauces, soups, or broths.
By doing this, you can remove the organic matter (the mushrooms) because the majority of the psilocybin will be in the liquid. This can improve the taste dramatically.
Whole or powdered mushrooms can also be simmered, providing the temperature is kept low, and the cooking process is kept under the 30-minute mark.
Using these techniques helps limit psilocybin degradation, ensuring the maximum amount of psilocybin is transferred into the dish.
There are several different ways that mushrooms can be cooked and hundreds of tried and tested methods to implement shrooms into different recipes. If you’re interested in bringing psychedelics into the kitchen, I’d definitely recommend purchasing a shroom cookbook such as “The Psilocybin Chef Book” by K. Mandrake and Virginia Haze.
How To Calculate Magic Mushroom Doses for Cooking?
Calculating doses when cooking magic mushrooms can be a little tricky. Here are a few tips.
1. Taking Shrooms With Food
When you’re eating shrooms raw on a semi-empty stomach, you know what to expect. However, the more food you add, the less you’re going to feel. This means the larger the dish you cook, the more magic mushrooms you’re going to need to induce a psychedelic trip.
It’s always good to add more mushrooms to food dishes that are high in calories. This will ensure you don’t get disappointed after eating your meal. Of course, don’t go crazy, but adding an extra gram or two is usually a wise decision.
2. Taking Shrooms With Liquid
I must add that you should never add more than your desired raw shroom dose to liquids. Mushroom tea and smoothies are a different ball game compared to solid food. You’ll actually find that the mushrooms seem more potent when in liquid form — especially in tea. Adding an extra gram or two to a tea will send you on an intense trip.
It’s also worth noting that magic mushrooms take far longer to kick in when consumed with food. When shrooms are consumed on an empty stomach, the effects can be felt within 20 to 30 minutes. However, when eaten with a meal, it can take over an hour to feel anything.
3. Wait Before Taking More
If you do cook up a shroom dish, don’t get disheartened if you don’t feel anything in the usual time — and definitely don’t take any more until at least two hours after you’ve eaten the meal.
4. Divide the Shrooms Evenly
Another thing to consider is the fact that it can be hard to distribute the mushrooms evenly throughout each portion of a meal. This is especially true if you’re cooking up pasta for four people, for instance. Some portions may be more potent than others.
Grinding the mushrooms into a fine powder is a great way to ensure the dose is spread evenly throughout the dish.
5. Use a Dosage Calculator
Unfortunately, it’s hard to give an exact “dose” of shrooms for cooking. Doses are something that must be gauged and learned as you begin your psychedelic chef journey. We can give you a rough idea as to how much you should be using per portion in drinks and solid meals though.
Here’s a typical dosage calculator for magic mushrooms. If you’re cooking a calorie-rich meal, you may want to increase the dosages slightly to suit your needs: