Mushroom are toothsome and carry essential source of nutrients. Mushrooms have found their notable space in the health-conscious consumer’s food plate. They can be consumed as fresh, dried and canned in various cuisines. The most common varieties are Button mushrooms, Oyster mushrooms and Straw mushrooms.
Mushroom are made of 90% water and have shorter lifespan. Thus, mushrooms are dried to elongate their lifespan and retain its flavour. Excess moisture can destroy its key characteristics before it reaches to its final consumer.
Some of the common problems faced by mushroom farmers and distributors
It is necessary to monitor the moisture level of logs during production. Mushrooms not only have to be stored in cool dry places but also need humidity control during drying, packaging and storage. Bry-Air’s recommendation is to install a Bry-Air desiccant dehumidifier as it is capable of maintaining dew point as low as -60ºC (-76F°) regardless of ambient conditions. Bry-Air Dehumidifiers help to maintain optimum required humidity conditions which prevent deterioration due to loss in product characteristics and quality.
Ideally, a dehumidifying system in conjunction with air-conditioning system should be installed to provide optimum condition for safe storage and to avoid spoilage. It has been found that drying has increased the shelf life of mushrooms by at least 6 months.