How to dry mushrooms, the guide

Mushrooms lend themselves to many preparations in the kitchen; in addition to being cooked fresh, we can use dried mushrooms so that they can be enjoyed all year round. In this regard we will illustrate you how to dry mushrooms following our directions step by step. The best time to do this is when the moon is waning. Let's see in detail how to proceed.

How to dry mushrooms, useful information

  • Collect the mushrooms when the weather permits: they must be dry when harvested
  • After having collected them, have them checked by the competent mycological office. The article "Go mushrooming" may be of interest
  • Allow only the firmer, intact porcini mushrooms to dry, free from damaged parts and parasites and immediately cook those that do not meet these requirements.
  • Dry both in shady places and in the sun, it is important that there is no rain or humidity
  • In order to avoid losing their indisputable aroma, never wash them, just clean them carefully with a clean cloth and a soft brush, so that all the soil goes away.

How to dry mushrooms, the procedure

  1. After having thoroughly cleaned the mushrooms, cut them into thin slices and arrange them on a trellis or a tray, preferably of wood or wicker, (previously covered with kitchen paper or parcels), without overlapping them and leaving space between them.
  2. Avoid newspaper as printing ink can be toxic and harmful to health
  3. Choose a rather ventilated place but sheltered at the same time: at night and in case of bad weather, the trays must be brought inside the house
  4. Cover the dried mushrooms with gauze to avoid unpleasant insect visits and turn them at least every two hours
  5. When they are completely dry, store the mushrooms in paper-lined tin boxes or bags, always made of paper with airtight closure

How to dry mushrooms, use and conservation

  • Before consuming them, soak the dried mushrooms in warm water to soften them then drain without throwing away the water as it can be added to sauces and dishes
  • Consume dried mushrooms after 40 days
  • Store within one year of drying

As an alternative to trays, mushrooms can also be dried strung on a thin string and then hung, as in the case of chillies.

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