It can take years to perfect this technique, but it's not too difficult with the right equipment and materials. Here are some beneficial tips to help you get started:

How to Preserve a Mushroom for Display

Ways to Preserve a Mushroom for Display

First, You Need a Fresh Mushroom

The first step to preserving a mushroom is picking one that is fresh. The best time to preserve a mushroom is within 24 hours of picking it, but if you can only get your hands on a few mushrooms, try to pick them up within 48 hours of their being picked. This will give you more flexibility regarding the preservation technique you use.

Don't pick mushrooms that are already rotting or have started growing mold! If this happens, the spores from the rot may spread and contaminate all your other collection methods.

Clean and Dry Your Specimen

Clean and Dry Your Specimen

To begin, you should remove any dirt or debris from your specimen with a soft brush. You should also use a damp cloth to remove any moisture leftover from the mushroom's natural environment. Do not use soap or water on the mushroom, as this can cause discoloration and degrade its structure over time.

Use of Baking soda

Baking soda is an excellent tool for drying out wet specimens; simply sprinkle it onto a paper towel and gently blot your specimen until it is completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Paper Towel

Lay your mushroom out on a paper towel and pat it dry with fresh paper towels until no moisture shows up on the paper towel or the surface of the specimen. Make sure to pat gently and avoid rubbing, which could cause damage.

If you don't have any paper towels handy, use a soft cloth instead. Again, be careful not to rub the mushroom, or you may cause damage!

Use a Knife or Your Hands, If you don't Have One, to Remove the Mushroom’s Cap from the Stalk

To preserve the mushroom in good condition, it is important that you first remove the cap and stalk. Use a sharp knife to separate them as carefully as possible. If you do not have a knife available, use your hands to pull apart the cap and stalk by hand gently. Be careful not to gouge or damage either piece of this delicate specimen!

Remove Any Staining Gently With a Soft Brush or Even a Clean Toothbrush

If the mushroom has staining on it, gently remove the stains with a soft brush or even a clean toothbrush. Do not use harsh chemicals or strong detergents if the mushroom is edible. If you want to preserve an edible mushroom for display, but the natural coloration is unappealing, consider dying it before display.

Use of Craft Glue to Dry Out the Mushroom

Use of Craft Glue to Dry Out the Mushroom

Use a new cotton swab to apply a thin layer of craft glue over both sides of the mushroom cap and stalk using a small paintbrush if you have one. It should be completely covered but not dripping with glue. Let this layer dry before proceeding, and wait to put your mushroom directly into its display stand until both sides have dried completely!

Freeze Drying Preservation Method

Freeze Drying Preservation Method

Freeze drying method of preservation is the process of removing water from a mushroom. The freeze-drying process begins when you place your mushrooms in a freezer with temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). At these temperatures, ice crystals form in the cells of the mushrooms and begin breaking down their structure. As they continue to freeze, they expand and push out all of their moisture until there's nothing left but dry material.

The following day you'll have to remove these frozen pieces from your freezer, clean them off with hot water or rubbing alcohol (don't use soap!), then place them back into another freezer where they will be kept at subzero temperatures for about 24 hours until all excess water has been removed from each cell individually through osmosis (where molecules move through cell membranes). This takes about three days total; after that point, all moisture has been removed from each cell, so whatever remains behind must be dried out entirely by placing it on racks above open flames until all remaining moisture evaporates away completely!

Silica Gel

Silica Gel

Silica gel in packets is a desiccant, meaning it absorbs water. It can be purchased at any hardware store and is used to preserve mushrooms in a collection by putting them in silica gel packets.


Borax is a mineral that occurs in nature, and it can be found in various places around the world. In fact, it's one of the common minerals on earth! Borax has several interesting properties, including its ability to preserve mushrooms for display.


Wax is a natural, organic compound that can be used to preserve mushrooms. It is made from plant and animal fats and waxes solidified by heat. Wax has been used to preserve food for several years; the Egyptians were reportedly one of the first to use wax for this purpose.

How do you apply wax?

The easiest way would be to use an electric candle warmer or hot plate set at a low temperature (approximately 75°F). You could also try using an old Crockpot set on low heat with a few inches of water so that steam rises up through your container holding your mushrooms. Be sure to put some paper towels down where you place your mushrooms and around them on all sides, so they don't get too much direct heat—this can dry out the flesh.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the most effective and easiest way to preserve a mushroom for display?

The best method is to keep mushrooms in water with a few drops of liquid soap. The dish soap will keep bacteria from growing on the mushroom, which can cause it to decay. You should change the water every 2-3 days so it doesn't start smelling bad!

Q. What can I do if I wish to keep my mushrooms longer than two weeks?

If you want your mushrooms preserved for longer than two weeks, put them in a jar filled with regular tap water or distilled water and store them at room temperature (68 degrees Fahrenheit). This method works well if you don't have an airtight seal on your jars because they don't need any special humidity levels.

Q. Is dish soap safe for use with mushrooms?

Yes; make sure not to get any on their gills since this could taint their flavor later down the line when eaten fresh again."

Final Words

We hope that this article will be helpful in showing you how to preserve a mushroom for display, and if so, please share it with your friends! Thank you, and enjoy learning about the world of mushrooms.