It is a fact (probably) that children are more likely to eat food if they have grown it or cooked it themselves. They love to see the origin of their food; however, if like me you live in an end terrace house with a teeny weeny London garden, it is hard to find the soil room to grow your own food.
So we were very excited when we found these amazing grow your own oyster mushrooms kits by Gro Cycle.
Gro Cycle have been growing Oyster mushrooms from waste coffee grounds since 2011, and have designed this easy to use Mushroom Grow Kit to enable people to be able to grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home from waste coffee grounds. Gro Cycle are part of the growing movement of Social Enterprise, where the focus is on business as a positive force for social or environmental good, rather than for profit.
You simply soak the internal bag, in water over night, then sit back and watch the magic. The children will need to squirt the box with water every day (more often if it is very hot) but other than that, it is really hard to go wrong.
Mushrooms are something I have struggled to get the kids to agree to even try, so I was really interested to see if they would be on board if they grew them themselves.
The lovely people at Gro Cycle. sent a booklet for the children which teaches them all about mushrooms with a few games included. They also included a pack of dried Oyster mushrooms, which you can start cooking with straight away whilst you wait for yours to grow.
You need to soak the inner bag over night in a bucket or sink filled with water. Then put it back into the box and tear off the front panel. Squirt with water every day, and you will be able to harvest your first crop within 14 days.
Once they started to grow, I felt like I could actually see them growing in front of my eyes.
The wonderful thing about about this kit is that once you have harvested your first crop you can let your box rest for two weeks and then repeat!
Although my box wasn’t prepared to wait and sprouted a new crop within about a week, even though I hadn’t resoaked the bag.
Once you have harvested, you can enjoy the list of great recipes on the Gro Cycle website.
The girls wanted to put their mushrooms on a pizza which I thought was a great way to introduce them to this food.
I then made mushroom risotto for Capt Hook and myself. Delicious!
The kit costs £16. Which I feel is really good value considering how much fun the children had and the longevity of the project. The Gro Cycle staff are really helpful with wonderful customer service. They are clearly very passionate about their product. They have kindly provided a kit for one of you lovely readers to win! This included the kit and a pack of dried oyster mushrooms so you can start cooking straight away.
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Entries must be received by 11pm on 7th October 2016 (UK – GMT). One winner will receive the Kit. This giveaway is open to those aged 18 or over, who are subscribed to this blog either via email or via WordPress and who have commented on this post as described above. The winners will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date, and must respond within 7 days to claim their prize. The winners names will be published on the blog and social media related to the blog ‘Hooked’, The prize will be despatched by Royal Mail within ten working days of receiving the winner’s address details. No responsibility can be taken by myself for the prizes once they have been posted.
Disclosure – Gro Cycle sent me this kit to review free of charge, however all opinions in this review are my own and an honest reflection of the product.