While not exactly a new food, I’ll consider this to be part two of the ‘new food series’ since it’s at least a new do it yourself project that is food related. Ok, it’s not actually me, it’s Ms. J who is in charge of this.
As a Christmas gift, she received a mushroom log from the Lost Creek Mushroom Log company of Perkins Oklahoma. The fact that there was a company that sent out logs that have been injected with shiitake mushroom spores came as news to me, it seemed like a fun thing to do especially since Mr. C likes to see how plants grow.
Once you receive the log, you immerse it in a container of spring water. You’re not supposed to use tap water since some of the added chemicals in tap water, like chlorine, can kill your mushroom spores. Let the log sit in a somewhat shady area, and then a week or so later, you have mushrooms growing on your log.
The fun thing is that the mushroom spores don’t grow all at once, you can harvest the first set of mushrooms that grow and then water the log again and more will grow. Mr. C loves to check it out every day to see how it’s doing and lets us know when it looks like a new mushroom is coming in.
I’m not sure what we’re going to do with the mushrooms yet. Maybe mushroom soup.