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This half term holiday I’ve treated myself and Thomas and bought a Brown Button Mushroom Growing Kit.

Brown Button Mushroom Kit - £3.99 with code

Brown Button Mushroom Growing Kit

 Every term Thomas has a school project to do at home and next term’s is titled ‘Growing Food’, so I thought we would get organised and get started on it early by growing our own Mushrooms and taking photographs to show the different stages of growth, as well as having some delicious mushrooms to eat in a few weeks.

Each kit contains everything you will need:

  • A black plastic bag which you use to line the box
  • A clear bag containing the ‘Mushroom Compost’.
  • A black bag containing the ‘Casing Layer’.
  1. Empty the mushroom compost in the bottom of your lined box and lightly firm. Spread over the ‘Casing Layer’ (which has been moistened with half a litre of water) and lightly mix the two layers together leaving the surface rough.
  2. Rest the lid on top of the box at an angle and put in a warm place for about a week and a white fluffy mycelium should appear on the surface.
  3. Remove the lid and place in a cooler dark location, use a mist spray to keep the surface damp.
  4. Mushroom should begin to appear after about a week, pick them as small or as large as you like.

Growing Mushrooms from a kit couldn’t be easier and is a fun and fascinating thing to do, especially with children.

These Mushroom Kits are available now (while stocks last) for only £3.99 with any other purchase from The Recycleworks website.


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Have you started growing your own mushrooms at home yet? If not, why not give it a try using one of our mushroom growing kits and then you will be able to make your own truly homemade Mushroom Soup.

Small Mushroom Growing Kit

Mushroom Soup

  • 500g mushrooms cleaned and chopped
  • 90g butter
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 litre hot chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped chives or parsley to garnish

Heat the butter in a pan cooking the onions and garlic until soft then add the mushrooms and cook on a high heat for 3 minutes stiring constantly. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and mix to combine, pour in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Leave the soup to cool for 10 minutes before blending with a hand blender or food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, reheat the soup if necessary and stir in the cream, garnish with chopped chives or parsley and serve with crusty bread. Serves 4.

This soup is suitable for freezing in a plastic container should you have any left!

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A Happy New Gardening year to you all, although the weather over the festive period has been very unfavourable for outdoor gardening there are still things that can be grown indoors. One of my favourite things that I grew as a child were indoor mushrooms using a mushroom growing kit, this is very easy to do and very rewarding. Mushroom kits are available with either white or brown mushrooms which are both equally delicious. Mushrooms are excellent for children to grow and there is great excitement at looking in the box in the morning to find perfect edible mushrooms. 

White Button Mushroom Growing Kit

The mushroom growing kits include all the equipment and instructions that you need to get started including quality spawned compost, a growing container and culturals. The process involved is quite straightforward:

First moisten the casing layer contained in the black bag.

After an hour empty the bag over the compost in the growing container and spread out evenly using your fingertips slightly mixing into the compost underneath and leaving the surface rough.

Moisten the surface of the compost using a bottle sprayer.

Place the black plastic bag that contained the casing layer over the top of the kit and place in a warm environment for about a week until a white fluffy mycelium appears.

Remove the lid and place in a cooler draught free position checking daily that the contents do not dry out and using the bottle sprayer to keep the surface damp.

Mushrooms should begin to appear after about a week, these can be harvested when they are small or as large as you like.

The first crop of mushrooms can be harvested for about four days after this repeat the process for a second crop.

Mushrooms are very useful ingredient in many recipes but I think that one of the best ways to use them, if you have a plentiful supply, is a hearty and warming mushroom soup which is very welcome on these cold winter days.

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