How to Make Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder

Turkey tail has a slew of science-backed benefits, and making a mushroom powder is one of the most versatile ways to enjoy them. The process is somewhat complicated, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Turkey tail powder isn’t difficult to make, but it isn’t as simple as you may think. Depending on your equipment, it can take several days to complete.

Because it’s such a lengthy process, making turkey tail powder in large batches is more efficient. Once you find a good flush, responsibly harvest as much as possible. You should be able to make enough to last a month or two.

1. Clean Your Tails

Use a toothbrush or a damp rag to wipe debris off the shrooms, but avoid running them under water. Submerging the mushrooms will extend the time it takes to dry them thoroughly.

2. Cut and Dry Your Tails

Once you’ve cleaned your tails, cut them into strips or chunks with scissors. Each piece should be about the same size so they’ll dry at a similar pace. The smaller the pieces are, the faster they’ll dry.

3. Process the Tails

Break out your food processor or blender, put the mushrooms in, and blitz that puppy. Ultimately, you should be left with coarse, powdery fluff.

4. Simmer the Tails

Place the coarse mushroom powder on the bottom of a stock pot. Then, add just enough water to cover the powder and a little more to boil away. Dial up your stovetop to a low heat setting.

5. Reduce the Stock

Once your water has turned a lovely shade of brown and your home is filled with the earthy scent of mushrooms cooking, remove the lid from the stock pot and let the excess water evaporate.

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