I was very fortunate to be contacted recently by Nikhil Arora, one of the co-founders of a company called, Back to the Roots.
Nikhil's company produces Grow-It-At-Home mushroom garden kits. With these kits, you can grow your own oyster mushrooms (up to 1 pound) in your own home! These mushrooms are sustainably grown using recycled coffee grounds!
Nikhil wanted me to give it a try and see what I would like to make with these mushrooms. I was honest with Nikhil. I told him I am not a mushroom lover but I was really interested in this kit and I thought this would be a good challenge to get my family to try mushrooms.
And fortunately Nikhil was ready to put me up to the challenge (poor guy, I pestered him with a million questions!)
I can't tell you how excited I was to start using these kits. And as you can tell, Alex was pretty daggone excited about it too!
Can't you tell I'm excited? I'm using lots of exclamation points!!
I thought this was a perfect project for Alex. This was something he could do all by himself and really watch the fruit of his labor grow. We have a small garden at the back of our house. I find he has really enjoyed watching where his food comes from, taking care of it, as well as trying more of the veggies our garden has produced.
Y'all, this is like a science project that you can eat!
This kit really is easy. It comes with absolutely everything you need. Even a little mister to water the mushrooms every day. Just open the top of this kit and inside you will find instructions as well as the mister.
First you gotta open one of the panels on the side of the box (there are two panels, but you're only gonna open one to start with). This was probably the hardest part of the whole process.
|It required intense concentration on Alex's part.|
Then, using some scissors, make some slits into the side of the kit.
This will let air into the so the mushrooms will start growing
Please note: the instructions say to make a "T" shape going from one of the package to the other. We made a mistake and made and "X" shape. But it still worked!
Next, take the plastic kit out of the box and soak it overnight. Save your cardboard box. You'll need it to put the kit back into later.
Now you gotta put something on top so the kit doesn't just float on top of the water. I just used a slightly heavy bowl.
Here it is the next day. Kinda looks like tea, don't it?
Now, take it out of the water. Shake off the excess water and put it back into the cardboard box.
For the first few days you won't see anything.
Just make sure you mist it with water twice a day.
Around the 6th day, you will start to see these little mushroom buds. And boy oh boy, this is where the fun really begins. Each day you will literally see it double in size!
Our mushrooms actually started growing from the side of the box but it didn't seem to mind.
These are shots day to day. Look at the growth!
One more day to go and we'll be ready to harvest.
Here they are ready to pick off and make dinner!
We really enjoyed this little mushroom garden. And the best thing is, you just flip the box around and there is another panel so you can start the whole process over again. We are now working on our second crop of mushrooms. All from the same kit!
Wanna know what else is great about this company? They help schools!
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this giveaway. My family was provided with a kit so that we could give it a test drive. The company also provided a kit for the winner of this giveaway. All thoughts and opinions about this product and company are mine and mine alone.