This is the question right now, is it really worth growing your own mushrooms? It is something I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.
Have you ever thought about growing your own mushrooms? Or have you tried it?
It is something I’ve done in the past, but not for a long time. The last time I did it I didn’t get many mushrooms. I was lazy and didn’t look after them properly. It has got me thinking about trying again.
So the big question is, is it worth growing your own?
Now, I’m not going to work out how to put my own kit together to do it. There is a limit to what I will try, especially when there are ready-made ones out there already. They don’t cost a lot and at around AUS$22, it seems fairly cheap. So it would seem anyway.
I have no idea how many mushrooms it will produce so that has to be considered too. While researching the kits, I’ve been trying to find that out. Somewhere I read maybe around 3 kgs of mushrooms. That seems pretty good.
Comparing what you produce with what you can buy
This morning I went to my local supermarket, Leo’s Fine Food and Wine Supermarket in Heidelberg.
Leo’s is a gourmet food supermarket really. They often sell things the others don’t. It can be a little more expensive, but there are too many benefits to worry about that. Their fruit and vegetables are really good and so much better than the other supermarkets around here.
They are also local, that has to be good too.
So, this morning I went in to do my grocery shopping and one of the items I bought was white button mushrooms. I often don’t take any notice of the price, I need it, so I buy it. However, I was curious to see how much they were.
They cost more than I thought they would. At almost $12 a kilo, they aren’t cheap. I bought 500 grams of them. I will go through those in a week. I love mushrooms and try to put them in everything. Not good for Dave, he doesn’t like them, but he tolerates them in certain things like salads.
So if I buy one, all it has to do is produce at least 2 kilos of mushrooms and I have come out even, maybe even a little ahead. If it produces far more, then it is worth growing them.
I guess the only question left is will it produce them fast enough for me to use?
Only time will answer that question.
Buying some kits
I got my first one quite a few weeks ago and it is only just starting to produce now. It took so long. Unfortunately, I’ve realised that I bought the wrong type. The one I got is growing flat mushrooms or portabello ones. I was really after the white button mushrooms. They did seem to be growing quite strange.
I will have to see how I go with them. Yesterday I picked almost 300 grams from the kit. The first ones and there are plenty still to come.
I probably picked them too soon, but oh well. I did look at these this morning too and they are $14.99 a kilo. The kit was $23 and so I probably only have to get 1.5 kilos to get my money’s worth, or maybe slightly more.
I have purchased two white button mushroom kits now and they should arrive any day. With them, I will start one and leave the other one a few weeks before getting it ready. Hopefully, both kits will see me through the summer.
So is it worth growing your own mushrooms?
Well, I hope so. I suppose I won’t know until I have finished with the kits and seen how many kilograms of mushrooms they each produce. Let’s hope it will be worth all the trouble, I will just need to remember to keep weighing the ones I pick.