Could only fit about half of this flush into my paper bag…does anyone have any recommendations for a good, proper foraging bag?

  1. Yes! I use one with drawstrings meant for buying groceries and produce. It balls up real small in my bag and can be tied to my belt while I cut the stuff off.

  2. Target sells $5 mesh laundry bags. I picked up a bunch for my black walnuts to air dry in, they're just hanging in the mechanical room (which gets great airflow).

  3. Use a diamond weave peach basket! Very inexpensive, big capacity, lightweight, and last for a while before they get too beat up. Baskets are way better than bags for mushrooms because they are rigid and won’t crush or bruise delicate shroomies. Plus they hook nicely in the crook of one arm, leaving both hands free. I fit 25 lbs of chicken of the woods in a peach basket once, and carried it 3 miles home undamaged :)

  4. Where can I buy one? I just looked on Amazon and ebay and really didn't see anything suitable? Thanks in advance.

  5. My foraging treks are 5+ mile loops or grid searches. I get really frustrated carrying a basket that distance. Short trips they are great.

  6. I came here to say this! My brilliant girlfriend had the idea of using these when we were at the store one day and we’ve had four in our car at all times since. I keep those and a stack of brown paper lunch bags that I’ll put mushrooms I can’t field identify in to take home for further investigation and so they don’t touch my definitely edible mushrooms.

  7. Thanks! There are no other humans foraging in this particular spot, just me. Also I’ve never seen an animal take so much as a bite out of chicken of the woods, do you know what animals eat them? Just curious because this is the response from a few people here, yet I’ve been foraging COTW here for years, and never have I seen even a nibble taken from an animal.

  8. Isn’t that not the case necessarily with mushrooms? Because moving them through the forest actually spreads spores and increases fruiting possibilities?

  9. It’s just as well! You don’t want to take the entirety of one flush, leaving about half is what I always do

  10. Whoa what a beautiful harvest! It’s totally fine that you couldn’t fit the whole thing in your bag. You should never harvest the entire thing. Best practice is to leave at least half of any plant or fungi being harvested as it is. This will ensure that more can regrow in the future to support the native ecosystem.

  11. I’ve always been told not to take more than half of the flush anyway, otherwise it’ll slowly kill off the colony and this spot will completely dry up.

  12. This is going to sound really dumb…but you are wasting soooo many extra rolls on your food saver…you can seal those bags so much closer to the food than you are. And if those aren’t rolls and are precut(which now that I look back I’m assuming they are), you can cut them smaller and just seal both ends. You’ll be doubling your bags and saving money.

  13. They are precut. And you would absolutely be correct, except for the fact that this is considered “wet” food, since I cooked it in butter and oil. So you have to leave a certain amount of room in the top for the juices so it will seal correctly.

  14. Why…? Less than 30%? I didn’t see anyone else standing around prepared to portion and freeze and eat this tree full of chicken.

  15. OP — I like to get cardboard boxes that fit inside big cloth grocery bags with handles. Easy to carry and if you get boxes of different sizes, you can separate/nest per species, especially the messy ones like milkies.

  16. I honestly pack in plastic storage bins because they can be stuffed in a backpack without squishing mushrooms. Plus it is handy to be able to keep species separated. Overflow is handled using a shemagh as a pouch.

  17. Thanks! I usually just pan sautée in batches with butter, salt and pepper. but I’ve found a mix of butter and olive oil works better. I’ve been buying this pre-made mix of butter/oil/garlic to use for other things, and I tried it out on the chicken last night; amazing!

  18. That’s a great idea. I want some sort of basket, but reusable and something I can stuff in my pack are good qualities as well.

  19. I have reusable mesh produce bags and also take a shopping basket. Some foraged items are fragile and the basket keeps them safe. My grandma always used an old onion bag but they don't make them the same anymore where I live. Using something that lets spores escape helps propagate the species.

  20. I use a compact reusable grocery bag that I keep in my pack every time I go out in case I find something good. A mesh lingerie/delicates laundry bag also works, since it can zip closed and usually has a loop you can hook on your belt.

  21. Great find! Did you sauté then vacuum seal? I’ve never tried this preservation method. Do they keep well from frozen when you re-cook? Thanks for sharing.

  22. I did! And they do! It takes a couple minutes for them to thaw, and then I just toss them onto/into whatever I’m cooking. I’ve tried dehydrating them, but I find this method more time efficient when I want to use them.

  23. Two paper bags! Lol. In all seriousness, I got a couple of mesh bags from Walmart years ago (I think they came with a flag football set) and that’s what I use. They’re thin enough and light enough I can just throw them in a pocket or on my belt and big enough to hold more than I’m capable of eating.

  24. Basket is my favorite! Backpack baskets, hand baskets, hip baskets! Never plastic. Spores can float while you search for others. Make sure to leave some for other critters. ✌🏼

  25. good you could only fit half. im tired of people taking everything and then acting like it will all magically grow back with nothing left!!

  26. That's not how mushrooms work. It's like saying if you pick all the apples off an apple tree, then the tree will die. Mushrooms are fruit of the fungus. You can pick all of a fungus's fruiting bodies and it does not hurt the fungus at all.

  27. No good — they crush mushrooms and encourage spoilage. Mushrooms can start to deteriorate really quickly. Better to use anything that breathes — basket, paper, cloth. Edit: Unless you meant the reusable cloth bags and not the heavy duty plastic ones. I still like to at least reinforce the sides with something, though.

  28. First off, never take it all, share or leave some for other foragers. Secondly, get a recipe and storage for what you forage so it’s never wasted or ruined. Check Pinterest for forage ideas.

  29. Like, did you even scroll through all my pics? I literally have one with me cooking and one with me storing as to NOT waste them 😂

  30. Wow. Coming in hot. If you took a second to read the rest of the comments, you’d realize half of them are about how I cook and store them. Second off 😆, all comments about how much to take are 100% being ignored.

  31. I bought a cheap basket style fishing creel online. Works great! Otherwise, you can buy some gorgeous mushroom baskets on Etsy, but they're handmade and cost a pretty penny. Totally worth the quality and supporting an artist though

  32. Modern Forager makes an amazing bag. We love ours. Pretty sure they make them themselves. They use up-cycled materials, to boot!

  33. Ohhh thanks! I’ll definitely check them out. I really just wanted some shopping advice like this, just got a new job and I’m looking to treat myself 🙂

  34. Lol! This was the freshest chicken I’ve found. All of it looked like the picture where I’m holding it in my hand. Was literally so fresh it had dew drips on it. Might be the filter I used on my camera to make the colors brighter…

  35. Some are, this one looks to be chicken of the woods which is one that is edible. With that being said a word of caution it to never eat wild grown mushroom unless you yourself can positively identify them.

  36. I like to use takeout soup containers because I can stack a lot in my bag. I also cut off just the tips which saves a lot of space and only takes the best part of the mushroom

  37. You can do either. I find that this way is easier for when I want to use them in omelettes or on pizza. These went from tree to freezer in 3 hours, and they are ready to eat next time I want to use them.

  38. I use grain bags from the brewery I work at. If you ask someone at a brewery nicely, they might save you their bags after a brew for you. They're basically made out of woven tyvek, so they'll allow spores to drop through, and they're pretty indestructible.

  39. I'm not sure if chicken work the same way, but my family has foraged hen of the woods together since I could walk. We always just parboil and package with water to keep air out then freeze. They last for years and are always just as good as day one. I've not had any luck finding Chickens though, so not positive if this works with them quite the same. I would parboil any meaty mushrooms though just to ensure all bacteria had been killed or you might make yourself sick.

  40. Find a gas station selling bundles of firewood with the big mesh bag over them, theyre perfect for foraging!!

  41. Spore spreader type with mesh sides or side mesh with ripstop nylon bottom. Super light, and Otherwise for me its my basket and paper bags.

  42. Have you heard of the grocery chain " Aldi " ? they have hot/cold bags near check out bc its a supply your own bags kind of store, the hot/cold bags are like 2$ and they are huge and they snap lock shut with a nice plastic carry handle. also very durable. my 2 cents

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