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I was lucky enough to have my first chicken of the woods be an absolute monster, and now I understand why they're so beloved. I came home with nearly 10 pounds of it and ended up drying it all.

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The cluster! Hard to capture just how huge it was...
The cluster! Hard to capture just how huge it was...
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But, here it is in my cargo bike- the cargo bay is 24" long in the bottom.
But, here it is in my cargo bike- the cargo bay is 24" long in the bottom.
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6.05 lb/oz
6.05 lb/oz
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3.139 lb/oz
3.139 lb/oz
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Dried, Powdered Chicken of the woods(among some of my other dried mushrooms)
Dried, Powdered Chicken of the woods(among some of my other dried mushrooms)
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A mix of random mushrooms I've harvested this month that total just over 5 pounds.


Small Puffballs: 10.6oz
Wood Ear: 8.2oz & 1.07 lb/oz(16.07)
Reishi: 1.06 lb/oz(16.06)
Shrimp of the woods: 14.9oz
Elm Mushrooms1.08lb/oz(16.08)

Totalling 81.91oz or 5.11lbs
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Small Puffballs
Small Puffballs
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Small Puffballs 10.6oz
Small Puffballs 10.6oz
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Small Puffballs, dried, powdered & labelled
Small Puffballs, dried, powdered & labelled
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Wood Ear in the wild
Wood Ear in the wild
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Wood Ear 1lb 0.7 oz of second harvest
Wood Ear 1lb 0.7 oz of second harvest
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Wood Ear 8.2oz, 1st harvest
Wood Ear 8.2oz, 1st harvest
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Reishi on a stump
Reishi on a stump
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Reishi: 1.06lb/oz
Reishi: 1.06lb/oz
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Reishi powdered, dried & labelled
Reishi powdered, dried & labelled
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Elm Mushroom, one of many
Elm Mushroom, one of many
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Elm Mushroom 1.08lb/oz
Elm Mushroom 1.08lb/oz
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Elm Mushroom Powdered and dried among the collection
Elm Mushroom Powdered and dried among the collection
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Shrimp of the woods at the base of a tree
Shrimp of the woods at the base of a tree
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 Shrimp of the woods:14.9 oz
Shrimp of the woods:14.9 oz
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 Shrimp of the woods: Dried, powdered & labelled
Shrimp of the woods: Dried, powdered & labelled
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Winter, rosehip time!
Down at the river I found lots of rosehips, so after the first frost I went down there with a bag and a scale.
1 pound is 454 grams, I made sure I had a little more :) I washed them and let them air dry.

During the drying process, I did some research and learned about the irritating hairs inside the fruits, and I read many different options to deal with them: some remove the hairs when the rosehips are still fresh, some do it when they're fully dry, some leave the hairs in depending on what the rosehip will be used for, etc.
I decided to do the extra step and removed the hairs (as much as possible). When the fruits were dry, I crushed them with a garlic press and sifted them using a fine sieve. That didn't work at all (after 4 shakes the hairs had completely clogged up the fine holes of the sieve), so switched to a sieve with big holes. After at least half an hour of sieving (took more time than I had expected), most hairs and seeds had fallen through the sieve. I like the end product very much, and the seeds will go in the ground.
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One of the many rosehip bushes.
One of the many rosehip bushes.
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534 grams = 1.17 pound
534 grams = 1.17 pound
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Crushing the dried rosehips.
Crushing the dried rosehips.
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Rosehip in the labeled storage container.
Rosehip in the labeled storage container.
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