As well as involving my children with cooking food that we eat, I also try and show them where their food comes from. We grow herbs on the windowsill, pick blackberries from the hedgerows, grow vegetables in the garden and go strawberry pick. So I of course said yes when GroCycle invited us to review one of their mushroom growing kits.
A bit about GroCycle:
They are the UK’s first urban mushroom farm, growing Oyster mushrooms on waste coffee grounds which they use in their kits so you can grow your own at home.
Growing our own mushrooms:
The kit is very easy to use. We had to soak it overnight, drain and then spray with water twice a day. The children loved getting involved with the spraying and checking for any changes every morning.
Our mushroom diary:
- Day 1: Soaked pack overnight.
- Day 2: No change.
- Day 3: No change.
- Day 4: Still no change (Starting to get mushroom anxiety now!).
- Day 5: Small white lumps have appeared…
- Day 6: Tiny mushrooms!!
- Day 7: Mushrooms have tripled in size.
- Day 8: Tripled in size again.
- Day 9: Now light brown/white in colour.
- Day 10: Mushroom caps have begun to flatten out.
- Day 11: Ready to harvest.
This kit gets a big thumbs up from all of us. It was really interesting watching them grow, they can take up to 7-11 days to grow so mushroom anxiety wasn’t necessary! I also didn’t expect to get so many mushrooms from it. I made Mushroom and Pearl Barley Risotto with the dried mushrooms which I received with the kit, we made mushroom pate and soup with fresh ones we grew. the rest were cooked in butter, left to cool and put in the freezer to use in meals next week.
Another good thing about the kit is that it is guaranteed to grow again in another two weeks so we are already looking forward to it!