October 22, 2012

Spiffy Business: Back to the Roots Review

Recently, Back to the Roots, sent me their infamous Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden Kit. 

Joey, of course, was thrilled about this because he adores hates mushrooms. :) Regardless, I was super excited because I have a thing for love mushrooms. 

For those of you that haven't seen these cuties in places like Whole Foods, they come in a cardboard box like this, and inside is coffee grounds (recycled from Peet's Coffee) and mushroom seeds. This was invented by 2 guys from Berkeley. Ingenious, I say!
What the kit looks like in the beginning.
When you open the front cardboard tab, I admit, the inside looks pretty gross...Just tell yourself, "Beautiful mushrooms will come from these coffee grounds!!"
The bag inside
(more awesome mushroom-growing after the jump-->)
Then, you slice an X in the plastic, and stick the whole thing in water for a while. Weird, I know...but just go with me for a sec, OK? :)
Slice the bag
Submerged in water
Then you take the baggie out, put it *back* into the cardboard container and set it someplace dark. I don't have that photo. It was supposed to be dark. But then you move it to another location with a little bit of light. I put mine on a table by the sliding glass door, but faced away from the direct light. You mist it 2x a day, and voila! You will grow some glorious Oyster Mushrooms!
They start out small and funny looking!
They get bigger and cooler-looking. See all those gills?
Now, don't make the mistake I did and just love how they keep growing and becoming more beautiful. Harvest those mushrooms!!! Or yours will turn into something so solid and cement-like you could use it as a weapon! Oops...Well, they looked cool anyway. I'm sure they tasted great too. ;) 
Glorious Oyster Mushrooms
These kits are awesome. I'm sure kids would have a blast with them, and I know I did. Perfect Christmas gift or anytime-gift, because they are kept inside. I hope you go find one at Whole Foods/your local health store or buy one online, because they are so worth it!

You can even grow them multiple times over, from the same baggie, and they're great for you!

Happy Mushroom-Growing, friends!


  1. This is really interesting! And guess what -- I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award -- so make sure you stop by and check it out. Keep up the great work!

    Newlywed Moments

    1. Thanks! It was pretty cool to grow. :) I totally appreciate the nomination! Thank you so much!! :) :) You made my day!

  2. Oh my gosh- that's so crazy! My husband would FREAK OUT over this. He eats them like the boy is made of mold or something. Thanks for posting this! I've been trying to think of something that would be a unique gift for Christmas and I just may have found my something!

    Cute blog, just found you today! Will be following along :)

    Secondhand Magpie

    1. Haha! That's hilarious!! I'm glad I helped you find a perfect gift. I love those kinds of unique ideas. Thanks for the follow!!


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